Learn about our dynamic And Still We Rise (ASWR) programs for elementary and secondary students


“…Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave, I am the dream and the hope…” – Maya Angelou





aswr elementary EDITION conference

DBEN has a mandate of optimizing the educational experiences of students, parents and educators focusing on implementing leadership and curriculum development initiatives. This annual conference reaches out to all students, families and allies of the Black diaspora within the district. 

aswr elementary ambassadoR leadership program

The Elementary Ambassadors’ Leadership Program is a leadership opportunity that culminates with Student Ambassadors leading workshops at the annual ASWR Elementary Edition Conference.

Ambassadors hone their leadership and teambuilding while being introduced to discussion of equity, diversity  and social justice. 




aswr secondary conference

A signature event, The Durham Black Educators' Network (DBEN) creates an impactful experience each spring.  Supported by the Durham District School Board (DDSB), this annual initiative focuses on providing high school students representing Durham’s Black Diaspora, and educators with Social Justice frameworks for creating positive social change in our schools and community

aswr ambassadoR leadership program

In recognition of the leadership skills and potential of our youth, we mentor students in Grades 9 – 12, activating their contributions to supporting positive social change in their schools and community


This annual program is open to Durham District School Board students representing the Black Diaspora in Durham Region, and allies

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Est. 2005 Durham Black Educators' Network (DBEN) is dedicated to optimizing and operationalizing educational experiences of DDSB students, educators and parents/community of  Durham's Black diaspora

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