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

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Cultivating Courageous Change


Who Are We


Durham Black Educators' Network (DBEN) has been present since 2005 - enhancing the engagement and empowering youth, parents and staff of the Black diaspora within the Durham District School Board (DDSB) and community members in Durham Region, Canada.

As a network one of our main goals is holding space to support our well-being. We understand that Anti-Black Racism impacts each of our lives in a variety of ways. It is important to recognize the residue of traumatic incidents that shapes the realities of Black students, staff, and families.


Please reach out to one another and to the DBEN Executive Council as needed. It’s important for us to practice self-care so that we can be good to ourselves and support each other in the work that we need to do.

Our And Still We Rise Leadership Ambassadors observed a moment of silence for those whose lives have recently been lost. The recent traumatic incidents remind us once again of the importance of solidarity and working towards our common goal of supporting students.  While immersed in the work you do continue to prioritize well-being. Take Care and Be Well. 

What We Do

engage. empower. excellence. 

We’re dedicated to supporting our well-being and pursuit of excellence of youth, parents and staff in DDSB while interrupting damaging narratives about Black youth and culture. Since 2005, we have provided a variety of programs and initiatives and have seen the direct benefits of the services we offer.

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Join our network, get involved by becoming a mentor or donate to further our programs to empower, encourage and support Black excellence

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