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Spirituality and Social Change: Dr. Dionisio Nyaga's Ph. D. Insightful Approach

June 19, 2024

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 Discover the inspiring journey of Dr. Dionisio Nyaga Ph. D., an assistant professor at Algoma University, as he navigates the complexities of social justice education and tackles anti-Black racism head-on. Dr.  Nyaga opens up about his personal encounters with various forms of oppression and the transformative power of community involvement. We also shed light on the historical injustices faced by Indigenous communities, particularly the harrowing legacy of residential schools, and the indispensable role of social workers in addressing these longstanding issues.

Unearth the hidden depths of ethical and moral philosophy through the lens of spirituality, particularly the concept of the third eye. Dr.  Nyaga illuminates how spiritual insight can transcend physical perception, offering a profound understanding of justice and oppression within Black communities. This segment challenges the superficial application of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in predominantly white academic settings, advocating for a more culturally aware approach that genuinely values the unique experiences of Black individuals.

Lastly, we navigate the intricate landscape of being a Black voice in social justice and mental health, exploring the historical and ongoing trauma faced by Black communities in Canada. Dr.  Nyaga critiques institutional approaches that often do more harm than good and underscores the importance of culturally informed and justice-oriented research methodologies. Through this compelling discussion, we delve into the potential of research as a tool for community building and the necessity of remembering historical injustices to work towards substantive change. Join us for an insightful and thought-provoking conversation that underscores the resilience and strength of Black communities.

Some of what we talked about are based on the three volumes, Reimaging Mental Health and Addiction under Covid-19 Pandemic volumes 1,2, and 3. The Covid-19 Pandemic Mental Health and Colonialism, which are coming out of the International Conference with the Springer publisher.

Website:   https://www.dionisionyaga.ca/
LinkedIn:  https://ca.linkedin.com/in/dionisio-nyaga-ph-d-48428331
Academia:  https://algomau.academia.edu/DionisioNyaga

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