Keren Brathwaite Obituary, OISE Alumna, Passing Of The Former Founder Of U Of T Transitional Year Programme

Keren Brathwaite Obituary, OISE Alumna, Passing Of The Former Founder Of U Of T Transitional Year Programme

Keren Brathwaite, Death Cause – Dr. Keren Brathwaite, an OISE alumna and the originator of the University of Toronto Transitional Year Programme, passed away recently. Dr. Keren Brathwaite, a devoted OISE alumna and supporter who went away during the week of June 23, 2023, is being mourned by the OISE community on a global scale by our faculty, students, staff, alumni, and friends. Dr. Brathwaite passed away during the week.
Dr. Brathwaite is a graduate of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) and was awarded an honorary degree in 2009 by the University of Toronto.

Prior to her retirement in 2003, she served as a co-founder, lecturer, and associate director at the Transitional Year Programme (TYP). According to Professor Lance McCready, the current director of the Transitional Year Programme (TYP), who was speaking on behalf of the program’s leadership, “We, the current faculty, staff, and students of the TYP wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for the love, tenacity, and courageous activism of Keren Brathwaite.” TYP stands for the Transitional Year Programme. Keren Brathwaite was presented with a Ludwik and Estelle Jus Memorial Human Rights Prize in recognition of her contribution to the founding of TYP more than half a century ago.

She made significant and long-lasting contributions to the expansion of access to higher education in Canada, work that bolsters the protection of human rights and encourages equity, diversity, and inclusion. In addition, as Professor McCready explains, “Another result of these efforts is the edited volume Access and Equity in the University: A Collection of Papers from the 30th Anniversary Conference of the Transitional Year Programme, University of Toronto,” which was published by the Canadian Scholars Press. I pray that Keren Brathwaite is at ease and that she is aware of the love, respect, and inspiration that she bestowed onto all of us during her life.

Author: Sammy Loco