Denise Challenger

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Denise Challenger is the Coordinator of the Network for the Advancement of Black Communities (NABC). Her passion for community engagement and expertise in digital humanities motivates her to find collaborative and creative ways for agencies across Ontario to share resources, mobilize knowledge and communicate effectively in lived and virtual spaces. Before joining the NABC, Denise was the coordinator of the Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on Africa and its Diasporas, York University. She remains the curator of Tubman’s Caribana digital collection. While at Tubman, she also won a grant to launch Tubman’s first digital youth program, The Young Inventors Initiative, which was designed both to teach high school students about the history of Black inventors and to train them in computing technology. She has extensive experience organizing international and local conferences for academics and non-academics alike. For several years she volunteered at Women's Place and Girls Inc., located respectively in Scarborough and Ajax, Ontario. Denise co-designed workshops that enabled teen girls to take leadership roles and facilitate community discussions related to race and gender equity. Being a Caribbean and gender historian, Denise has a deep understanding of the past conditions that have shaped present day lives of diasporic peoples. Her outlook on the world is one of work-life balance: meditation and yoga feature prominently in how she engages with people and life in general.  

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