2000• Young Woman of Distinction Award
research interests focus on the marginalized experiences of black children
and youth in the Canadian school system. Doing
graduate work In the Faculty of Education at York University, Dolana studied
the practices of teachers who merge educational policy in the area of antiracist
education with classroom pedagogy.
MA degree research was an innovative study of the life history of a
South African / Canadian teacher (Goodie Tshabalala Mogadime) and how
her Zulu roots in apartheid South Africa informed her teaching in multi-racial
a global perspective on Black feminist research and theoretical writings,
Dolana's thesis did much to fill
the void in the field of Canadian education, that of the experiences
of Black female immigrant teachers.
Her most recent work on Canadian black women and employment equity appears in an international volume edited by renowned African scholars Obioma Nnaemeka and Joy Ezeilo (in press) entitled 'Women's Rights are Human Rights: Cultural and Socioeconomic realities in Africa and the African Diaspora' Indiana University Press.
Dolana speaks frequently at international academic conferences, her presentations have addressed a wide range of important issues such as adolescent black girls and leadership education, black women in administration, as well as black women in academia and professional socialization.
Dolana's work in the area of gender and education continues to demand the inclusion of black women's everyday
experiences and realities in academic knowledge production.