The Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on the Global Migrations of African Peoples studies the migrations of African peoples through internal, regional and international and transnational movements. Over the past several years, the Harriet Tubman Student Summer Programme brings 40 high school students each year to learn about African and African Diaspora studies. The Summer Programme engages students from a wide range of backgrounds and interests with particular emphasis on students of African heritage. For many participants, the week long experience helps participants to learn much more than they would in traditional school settings and deepen their knowledge about African-Canadian history and the contributions of African peoples and cultures to the historical development of the Americas.
Held at York’s Keele campus, participants also become familiar with the university setting and are encouraged to pursue post-secondary education. York University professors and students (graduate and undergraduate), teachers and community partners help to facilitate the program for 40 youth each year.