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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

Professor, Associate Dean Equity

Chair, President’s Equity Taskforce

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 interdisciplinary youth scholar and community activist who works with socially and economically disadvantaged youth, engaging in youth and community empowerment. His current and ongoing research interests are listed below.

Curriculum vitae

Academic degrees and recent publications


  • PhD, Critical Pedagogy University of Toronto

Courses taught

Dr. Crichlow is a tenured Associate Professor. He teaches:

  • Critical Race Theory
  • Special Advanced Justice Studies Topics: Race, Crime, Masculinities and Prison Subculture
  • Special Advanced Topics: Race, Ethnicity & crime
  • Special Advanced Topics: #BlackLivesMatter Race and Criminal Injustice
  • Race and Ethnicity in the Canadian Criminal Justice System

Research and expertise

Research interests and supervision areas:

  • Social Inequalities
  • Black LGBTQ criminology
  • Gender and Caribbean masculinities
  • Critical equity and diversity studies
  • Critical race theory and Intersectionality
  • Gun violence and Black communities
  • Alternative Criminal Justice Rehabilitation
  • Youth in foster care and Transition to university.

Current research projects:

  • Community-Based Study of LGBTQ Gang Involved and Incarcerated Youth. Dr. Wesley Crichlow (Principal Investigator), 2017-2020.

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

  • $2.5 million


  • Published and co-published books

    Joseph, J., & Crichlow, W. (Eds.). (2015). Alternative offender rehabilitation and social justice: Arts and physical engagement in criminal justice and community settings. London: Palgrave.

    Kazarian, S., Crichlow, W., & Bradford, S. (Eds.) (2007). Diversity issues in law enforcement (3rd ed.). Toronto, Ontario: Emond Montgomery.

    Crichlow, W. (2004). Buller men & batty bwoys: Hidden men in Toronto & Halifax Black communities. Toronto, Ontario: University of Toronto Press.