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Jean Golden

Jean Golden

EducationHonours BA (University of Toronto, Sociology), MA (University of Toronto, Sociology), Certified Solution Focused Therapist, CSFT (University of Toronto, Social Work), Certificate in International Human Rights (University of Sherbrooke, Quebec). Law courses: Human Rights; Employment and Equity Rights (University of Toronto, Faculty of Law)
Phone416-979-5000 x556211

Prof. Golden is on leave in the Winter 2023 term.

Areas of Expertise:

equity and development; curricular innovation; international human rights; disability rights in the Bahamas


Prof. Golden's research and writing over the past 35+ years focuses on equity and development policy and process implementation, and on curricular innovation, for local and international community groups and institutions.

Current research: international experiential learning and community development; international human rights and settler colonialism; disability rights in the Bahamas

Past research: equity and diversity; Canadian black history resources; anti-racism; biracial identity; feminism; forms of sexual violence; workplace safety

Prof. Golden is the receipient of the Ryerson Chancellor's Award of Distinction, the Ryersonian of the Year Award, and the Ryerson Distinguished Service Award. She previously held a Visiting Research Fellowship at the University of the West Indies.

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  • SOC 803: International Community Engagement
  • SOC 609: Women and Human Rights           
  • SOC 111: The Social World 
  • SOC 104: Understanding Society

Community & Professional Service:

Community Projects:

  • Director of the Bahamas Educational Project, a collaboration between Toronto Metropolitan University and the Every Child Counts school for children with disabilities in the Bahamas (2011-present)
  • Kenya Village Project: community based development support for two Kenyan village communities through the education of the girl child, solar cooker technologies, and educational mini-docs (2011-2017)
  • Anti-racism resources for Heritage Canada and Toronto public school system (2000-2010)
  • Community Workplace Safety Programme, Ontario Ministry of Health

Past Academic Leadership Positions:

  • Chair of Department of Sociology, Ryerson University
  • Director, Ryerson Caribbean Research Centre
  • Senior Director, Office of Sexual Harassment, Safety and Security, Ryerson University
  • Executive member of the Ryerson Faculty Association (25 years)
  • Member of the Ontario Confederation of Faculty Association (OCUFA) Status of Women Committee

Recent Scholarly/Creative Work:

Golden, J. and P. Haastrup. 2017. The Loodariak Kenya Village Solar Cookers Project: Collaborative Knowledge Transfer., external link, opens in new window Solar Cookers International.

Golden, J. 2017. The Kithuia Kenya Village Solar Cookers Project Videos. Producer of four educational videos.