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Optimizing educational experiences for students, parents, community and staff of the Black Diaspora within the Durham District School Board (DDSB)

Cultivating Courageous Change

#InfinitePossibilities

Created by us for us

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Durham

Est. 2005, located in Durham Region, Canada, we operate within Durham District School Board (DDSB)

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Black

For those who identify as part of the Black diaspora in DDSB + wider community

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Educators'

Our village includes DDSB Black students, employees, educational assistance, educators, staff and parents

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Network

Building a community for students, parents + educators alike

HAPPY AFRICAN HERITAGE MONTH!

Emboldened and grounded by our diverse heritage, now more than ever, we remind ourselves that we are our ancestors’ wildest dreams!  With excitement, we continue to offer programming for students, staff, families, and community members who identify as part of the Black diaspora in the Durham Region.  While doing this work, we continue to grow our partnerships with allies and community partners.

Cheryl Rock, DBEN Chair

This is an important time to highlight DBEN’s – And Still We Rise: Afrocentric Heritage Program.

Since our launch in October 2021, this engaging Saturday program for DDSB’s elementary students continues to provide community and connection.  While enriching and affirming Black identities through authentic learning opportunities, we are committed to developing the whole learner in a place of belonging.

 Registration is currently open for waitlist slots.  Contact us at durhamblackeducators@gmail.com for more information.

What we do

Since 2005, we have provided a variety of programs and initiatives dedicated to supporting the excellence of youth, parents + staff.  

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News + Events

We always have something going on to empower our students, DDSB staff +  parents.  Read about our latest updates + upcoming events!

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How you can help

At DBEN, we care about our youth and strive to provide them with all the resources they need in order to become successful leaders. We are committed to empowering today’s youth to be the leaders of tomorrow - and couldn’t have gotten this far without your generous contributions. Donate today or sign up to be a mentor and make the biggest impact on the lives of our DDSB Black youth.

Resources

Take a look at our resources that focus on our comunity and in Durham Region

Get to know us

Learn more about the people on DBEN's executive team 

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Have a question about dben?

See our common Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Thank You to Our PAST + PRESENT Supporters

and Partners

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Together, Canadians must do more than just talk about reconciliation; we must learn how to practise reconciliation in our everyday lives – within ourselves and our families, and in our communities, governments, places of worship, schools, and workplaces.  To do so constructively, Canadians must remain committed to the ongoing work of establishing and maintaining respectful relationships.”

Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future.  Summary of the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, 2015, p. 21.

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