Wendell Nii Laryea Adjetey

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I am a member of the Canadian Studies Advisory Council at Yale University. I have worked in various capacities that continue to sharpen my intuition and critical thinking as a historian. I am a director on three boards: The Inspirit Foundation, a non-profit that leverages impact investing, media, and the arts to advance pluralism and civic engagement in Canada; the Tujenge Africa Foundation, a U.S. 501(c)(3) that promotes peace- and nation-building in Burundi, where I am the co-founder and president; the Dream Maker Ventures Diversity Fund, the first venture capital fund in Canada that is Black-led and invests in the start-ups of under-represented minorities.

As an undergraduate, I worked in community development, and social and public policy at the municipal, provincial, and federal levels. After graduation, I continued to conduct research for several think-tanks.

From 2009 to 2012, I served as a case manager on a multi-million dollar, federally-funded, University of Toronto-evaluated youth gang prevention and intervention project in north Toronto. Before this role, I founded, as an undergraduate, an award-winning non-profit that provided academic support and mentorship to young males at-risk of gun violence after Toronto experienced a record in gun-related homicides in 2005.

As a long-time advocate in behalf of poor, marginalized communities, I have earned numerous awards and distinctions, some of which include the YMCA Peace Medallion, an Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers, the Keith Forde Youth of Excellence Award, the Echoing Green Global Fellowship, the Toronto B.M.E. Police and Community Award of Excellence, and Yale University’s Willard “Woody” Brittain, Jr. ’70 Leadership Award.

 
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