Desmond Cole is an activist and freelance journalist in Toronto. His work also appears in the Toronto Star, Toronto Life, Walrus, VICE, NOW Magazine, Torontoist, and Ethnic Aisle. Desmond is currently working on his first book, on the experiences of Black Canadians.
Desmond has been documenting social justice in Toronto, and has written extensively about the black experience in this city. His work with the Black Lives Matter movement and more recently his successful effort to remove the Toronto Police presence from TDSB schools have pushed his voice to the forefront. Desmond has also worked to address housing, social support, integration, civic engagement and justice for youth.
Drawing from his own experiences, Desmond Cole will speak at Last Lecture about the power of advocacy, the benefits, and the motivations; he will also challenge students to think critically about what they believe in. His talk will cover themes including: inclusive campuses, standing up for what you feel is right, campus advocacy work, and removing barriers to access.
Desmond's Last Lecture will take place April 9 from 4:30pm - 6:00pm in Convocation Hall (UH 213). This is a free event to all undergraduate students of McMaster University, but registration is required.
Special thank you to our sponsor McMaster Centre for Continuing Education for their continued support of Last Lecture.