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Black Experience Project in the GTA: Phase 2 Research launches with a party

The Institute's major research initiative with the GTA Black community officially launched the research phase with a public event on March 24, 2014 at the Central YMCA in Toronto.

Close to 200 people - including partners, project volunteers and community trailblazers - gathered to celebrate, network, groove to cool jazz by Brooke Blackburn, enjoy African/Caribbean cuisine, and learn more about this groundbreaking community research initiative.

The Black Experience Project is a partnership of the Environics Institute, Ryerson University's Diversity Institute, the United Way of Greater Toronto, and the YMCA of Greater Toronto. The project is also supported by many leading organizations as Collaborating Partners, including the African Canadian Development Council, the Black Artists Network Dialogue, the Jamaica Canadian Association, the Region of Peel, Redemption and Reintegration Services, the City of Toronto, Tropicana Community Services and Black Artists Network Dialogue (BAND). CBC Toronto is the primary media partner, and now has a dedicated webpage for the project.

The research will consist of in-depth interviews with 1,000 to 2,000 individuals across the GTA who self-identify as Black. The fieldwork is scheduled to begin this summer and be completed by the end of 2014. The study results and conclusions will be released in mid-2015.

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