Dr. Lance T. McCready worked as the Drop-In Center Assistant Coordinator at HMI under the direction of Pamela Sneed from January 1991 to July 1992. Today, Lance T. McCready, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, and Director of the Transitional Year Programme at University of Toronto. His research explores education, health and the well-being of Black children, youth and adults in urban communities and schools.

Dr. McCready is the author of Making Space for Diverse Masculinities published by Peter Lang and is Principal Investigator of the Black Student University Access Network and Restorative Justice African, Caribbean, Black Family Group Conferencing Project. He is the 2018 recipient of the Distinguished Research Scholar Award from the Ontario Education Research Symposium and 2017 recipient of the Ludwik and Estelle Jus Memorial Human Rights Prize.

Prior to his post at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Dr. McCready was an Associate Professor in the Department of International and Multicultural Education at University of San Francisco where he taught courses on qualitative research, critical race theory, urban education and LGBTQ studies.

He also was Associate Professor of Urban Education at the University of Toronto, where he served as Co-Principal Investigator of the Many Men, Many Voices project at the Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention in Toronto, and Principal Investigator of the Educational Trajectories of Young Black Men study in collaboration with the John Howard Society of Toronto. He was also a research consultant for Picasso’s Black Canvas, a verbatim theatre piece about the lives of young Black gay men in Toronto.

Dr. McCready was born in New York City, completed his undergraduate degree in Psychology from Carleton College and obtained his graduate degrees from University of California, Berkeley in social and cultural studies. He is recognized throughout the US and Canada as interdisciplinary scholar-activist whose research and writing focuses on the health, education and employment of marginalized and racialized youth, specifically young Black men and queer youth of color.

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