Role: Research Coordinator, YWL
Affiliations: PhD Student, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work 

Travonne Edwards is a second-year Ph.D. of Social Work student in the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work program at the University of Toronto. He currently holds an advanced diploma in Child and Youth Care (CYC) from Sheridan College, and a Bachelor and Master of Arts in CYC from Ryerson University. Travonne is an experienced critical youth worker with a demonstrated history of working in various social services related settings including child welfare and protection (group care, foster care, one to one support), education and supportive housing for youth experiencing homelessness. He’s worked as a Research and Evaluation Specialist at York University’s Youth Reseasrch Evaluation and Exchange (YouthREX) and numerous research projects related to the well being of  young people, race relations, child welfare, education, mental health, intersectional and interlocking oppressions, anti-Black racism and community. He currently works at University of Toronto’s Youth Wellness Lab as a Doctoral Research Coordiantor, a doctoral fellow at The Centre for Research and Innovation for Survivors of Homicide Victims, and and as a research assistant exploring racial disparities for Black families in Ontario’s child welfare system as well as factors that contribute to adolescents transferring to ongoing services. He also works at Sheridan college as a part-time instructor in the CYC program and a research assistant on the international, SSCHR funded Rights for Children and Youth Partnership through Ryerson University’s School of Social Work.