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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Wesley Crichlow


Critical Race Intersectional Theorist

Criminology and Justice

Faculty of Social Science and Humanities

Contact information

Bordessa Hall - Room 322
Downtown Oshawa
55 Bond Street East
Oshawa, ON

905.721.8668 ext. 2651


Dr. Wesley Crichlow is an African Canadian Critical Race Intersectional Queer Theorist whose work critically connects Theories of Anti-Black Racism and Decoloniality as the signature praxis and framing of his research, teaching and service. His work aims to provide measures to alleviate anti-Black racism, heterocisnormativity, transmisogyny, structural, and systemic inequalities. He teaches at Ontario Tech University (2003-present) within the youth and criminal justice discipline with over 25 years of Critical Race Theory Intersectional methodological approaches to university community mobilization and development.

Academic status:

  • 2018-2025 - Program Design Expert Committee MemberThe mandate of the Program Design Expert Committee (PDEC) was to provide expert advice on issues of EDI throughout the development of the Dimensions pilot program. The committee reviewed and provided feedback related to EDI content, language, and approach on sections of the Dimensions handbook and other documents as they were developed in collaboration with tri-agency staff and Dimensions cohort and affiliate institutions. The committee was designed to include representation from across Canada, from various sizes and types of institutions, and from various equity-deserving groups.
  • 2017-Present Full Professor
  • 2017-2020 First Past Associate Dean Equity | Chair President’s Equity Taskforce | Director Youth in Foster Care Pathways to University
  • May 2003-July 2017 Associate Professor (with tenure)
    Critical Race Theory Intersectional Criminological Specialization

Critical Race Intersectional Scholar and Equity Committees Service:

  • 2021-Present. Child and Youth Death Review and Analysis: Research Advisory Committee. Office of the Chief Coroner Child and Youth Death Review and Analysis Team. Toronto
  • 2018-Present. Promoting Health Equity: Mental Health of Black Canadians (for the Public Health Agency of Canada).
  • 2018-Present. Director Equity, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences
  • 2018-Present. Dimensions Expert Member, the Dimensions Charter Program on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in collaboration with NSERC, CIHR and SSHRC.
  • 2021-Present. Anti-Racism: Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committees (HSJCCs)

Past service:

  • City of Toronto Partnership and Accountability Circle (PAC) of the Confronting Anti-Black Racism Unit (CABR).



  • PhD, Critical Pedagogy University of Toronto

Courses taught

Dr. Crichlow is a tenured Professor. Areas of teaching expertise:

  • Critical Equity Diversity and Inclusion
  • Race and Queer Criminology
  • Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality
  • Deconstructing Anti-Black Racism and Colonization
  • State, Race, Masculinities and Prison Subculture
  • Race, Ethnicity and Crime Within Canadian Criminal Injustice
  • Teaching Black-lives-Matter As Racial Justice Love and Activism

Research and expertise

Research interests and supervision areas:

  • Gender, Sexuality & Diaspora Caribbean Masculinities
  • Critical Race Equity Diversity and Inclusion Studies
  • Critical Race Theory Intersectional Scholarship
  • Critical Race Analysis of Anti-Black racism & Decolonization
  • Black Youth Scholarly Mentoring
  • Race Crime Masculinities & Criminal Injustices.

Current research:

  • Investigates the intersectional matrixes effects of anti-Black racism (ABR), stigma, and sexuality on reintegration for Formerly Incarcerated (FI) Black Gay Bisexual Transgender and Queer Men (BGBTQM) and Black Men who have sex with Men (BMSM).

Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC): Race, Gender, and Diversity Initiative (RGDI): Title: Carceral Intersections of Gender Identity, Sexual Orientation and Trans Experience in Confronting Anti-Black Racism and Structural Violence in the Prisoner Re-entry Industrial Complex.
Objectives: To understand the needs of formerly federally incarcerated Black Gay Bisexual, Trans and Gender-Diverse Men's (BGBTQM) Re-entry needs, while accessing services and supports.
Evaluated: Total Score: (weighted): 16.44 / 18. Rank: 4 / 85. Sextile category within overall competition: First, 2022-2025.

  • $400.075

SSHRC Partnership Grant Competition. Rights for Children and Youth Partnership: Strengthening Collaboration in the Americas. Ryerson University Dr. Henry Prada (Principal Investigator), Wesley Crichlow (co-applicant) et, al. 2015 to 2021.

  • $2.5 million

Academic publishings