Ghanaian-born George Sefa Dei is a renowned educator, researcher and writer. He is a widely sought after academic, researcher and community worker. His professional and academic work has led to many Canadian and international speaking invitations in US, Europe and Africa. Currently, he is Professor of Humanities, Social Sciences and Social Justice Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto (OISE/UT). Professor Dei’s teaching and research interests are in the areas of Anti-Racism, Minority Schooling, International Development, Anti-Colonial Thought and Indigenous Knowledges Systems. He has twenty-six (26) books and over one hundred and fifty (150) refereed journal articles and book chapters to his credit. His recent books include: ‘Teaching Africa: Towards Transgressive Pedagogy’, “Learning to Succeed: Improving Educational Achievement for All’, and an International Reader on: “Indigenous Philosophies and Critical Education”. In 2012 he co-edited ‘Contemporary Issues in African Science Education’ (edited with Professor Asabere-Ameyaw, Vice Chancellor , University of Education, Winneba, Ghana. In 2013 Professor Dei has released ‘New Perspectives on Africentric Schooling in Canada”. Canadian Scholars’ Press, 2013, [co-authored with Arlo Kempf].
He also released “Contemporary Issues in the Sociology of Race and Ethnicity” New York, Peter Lang, 2013., co-edited with Meredith Lordan. He has a new book in press, “Politics of Critical Anti-Racism Education: In Search of Strategies for Transformative Learning” [co-edited with Mairi McDermott]. New York, Springer Publishers, 2014.
Currently, Professor Dei co-Chairs, The African Community Networking Committee in Toronto, an organization dedicating to the economic and social enhancement of African peoples in Canada. He was the First President of the Ghanaian-Canadian Union, an umbrella group of Ghanaian-Canadian cultural, ethnic and religious associations in Ontario. He is on the Board of the AfroGlobal TV, and the National Scholarship Fund (formerly Harry Jerome Awards) of the Black Business and Professionals Association (BBPA).
Professor Dei was a member of the City of Toronto Mayor’s Roundtable on: ‘Children, Youth and Education”; and also, the “Postsecondary Education Advisory Committee on First Generation Students”. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the Molefi Kete Asante Institute, based in Philadelphia, US to advance the cause of global African development. Professor Dei has been a major proponent and a pioneering voice in the establishment of Black-focused/African-Centred schools in Canada. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including “The ‘Race, Gender, and Class Project Academic Award , 2002’ in New Orleans. He also received the ‘African-Canadian Outstanding Achievement in Education’ from the Pride Magazine in Toronto in 2003, and the City of Toronto’s ‘William P. Hubbard Award for Race Relations’ 2003. He is also the 2006 recipient of the Planet Africa ‘Renaissance Award’ for his professional achievements in the field of African education, anti-racism and youth and the 2007 Canadian Alliance of Black Educators Award for ‘Excellence in Education and Community Development”.
Finally, in June of 2007, Professor Dei was installed as a traditional chief in Ghana, specifically, as the Adumakwaahene of the town of Asokore, in the New Juaben Traditional Area of Ghana. His stool name is Nana Sefa Atweneboah I.