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Dexter R. Voisin  

Social Scientist, Psychotherapist, Professor & Dean at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto

Dr. Voisin is a social welfare scholar and psychotherapist. He is the author of America the Beautiful and Violent: Black Youth and Neighborhood Trauma in Chicago and numerous academic articles examining the impact of structural and social inequality on the developmental outcomes of youth and their families and the factors that promote resiliency despite the presence of deep-rooted adversities. He is recognized as one of the most influential and cited Black scholars in premier schools of social work in North America.

Voisin speaks and writes with unmistakable clarity, sophistication, urgency and inspiration. Born to a working class family with middle class values, he employs humor and humanity as he unpacks the “American Dream”, issues of race, class, gender and upward mobility. An immigrant to the United States, he became the first person of color to be promoted through the ranks of Assistant to Full Professor in the more than 125-year history of the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. His expertise and research findings have been frequently cited by numerous members of the international, national, and local media.

Currently, Voisin serves as the 20th Dean at the University of Toronto Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, which is ranked #2 globally among social work schools. He is the first person of color to hold this position in the Faculty’s more than 100-year history. He earned his undergraduate degree from St. Andrews College, his master’s from the University of Michigan and doctorate from Columbia University.

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