Roberta K. Timothy

Ph.D. in Adult Education, Community

Development, and Women and Gender Studies,

University of Toronto.

Roberta Timothy

B.A. M.A. M.Ed. Ph.D.

Roberta is an anti-colonial, feminist/womanist, activist; poet/playwright, living with a visual (dis)ability. Roberta is an African woman descendant of enslaved Africans brought to the Caribbean, who was born in Turtle Island (Canada). Roberta has lived, resisted and worked for over 17 years in the woman abuse community both locally and globally. Additionally, Roberta works as a therapist and a clinical consultant (Continuing Healing Consultants) working with LGBTTQ populations, under housed, refugee, immigrant populations and providing anti-oppression/anti-colonial supervision with individual and group therapists in several communities and agencies. She has a BA in Political Science and Sociology with a specialty major in international justice and human rights; she also holds an MA in Political Science and a PhD in Adult Education, Community Development and Women’s Studies. Roberta’s work and praxis is grounded in Indigenous knowledges, African/Black feminisms, and anti-colonial, art-based resistance. Some of her publications include: “Third World Women”, “Women of Colour”, and “Minority women”: and African/Black feminist analysis of our identities, in Theorizing empowerment, Canadian perspectives on Black feminist thought (Innana Publications); “Pedagogies of Peace: ‘Talking Back’ to Spin Doctoring”, in Fireweed Special Issue: Women, Race, War and Resistance; Poetry: “Woman, woman” & “It a Shame”, in Convergence; and “An African Feminist Analysis of Popular Culture,” in Facts, Fiction and African Creative Imaginations, (Routledge, forthcoming ). In addition to co-producing an upcoming documentary on Racism and Resistance in the Queer community (Resistance Productions), Coordinator of BWWAD (Black Women and Women of African Descent), collectively working on an anthology on Disability and Race, and finishing another Masters in Counselling Psychology at OISE/UT, Roberta is recovering from and anticipating her next corneal transplant surgery.

I am Identity:

Wrapped in a warm blanket

I am adorned with Grandma’s homemade coconut oil.

Twisted is my hair in braids done tightly by my mother,

Secured in brown wood beads

Given to me by my Aunty.

I am named after my

Father’s mother,

Ruchina is my Kikuyu name.

I am from the womb of red soils

And the land of smiling suns and tall palm trees.

I am the earth’s sweat

And the rain’s dance.

I breathe.

I feel.

I cry.

I am an African woman. (written in 2011)

Articles – Blog

Grief is a direct impact of racism: Eight ways to support yourself

Grief is a direct impact of racism: Eight ways to support yourself

Grief is a direct impact of racism: Eight ways to support yourself The cyclical realities of the impact of racism, anti-Black racism and other forms of intersectional violence on our health make breathing seem like a luxury at times. The full blunt impact of racism...

Racism impacts your health

Racism impacts your health

Racism impacts your health   Outside in public: Smiling, dressed real fine, manners on point. I am well schooled on how to be respectful, how to take up space, how to use silence when necessary. Travelling home on transit listening to music to drown out my day —...

Canadian citizenship study guide should tell the truth about racism

Canadian citizenship study guide should tell the truth about racism

Canadian citizenship study guide should tell the truth about racism At this crucial time of confronting systemic anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism, the Canadian government must take responsibility for its enduring role in propagating racism. This includes through...

Specializing in the areas of intersectionality and ethics in health work; health and race; transnational Indigenous health; and anti-oppression/anti-colonial approaches to mental health, Dr. Timothy has extensive teaching experience in universities, colleges, and in social service organizations and community settings, with particular expertise in critical health theory and social justice health policy development and implementation.
Dr. Timothy prioritizes critical and creative approaches to knowledge production that reflect experiences and aspirations of migrant, refugee, African/Black diasporic, and transnational Indigenous communities. Her scholarship contributes to critical race theory by examining how factors such as gender, class, sexual orientation, gender identities, (dis)abilities, transgenerational connections, and historical and contemporary intersectional violence impact African/Black communities’ health. Dr. Timothy centers community resistance through innovative decolonizing health practices.

Articles – Blog

Grief is a direct impact of racism: Eight ways to support yourself

Grief is a direct impact of racism: Eight ways to support yourself The cyclical realities of the impact of racism, anti-Black racism and other forms of intersectional violence on our health make breathing seem like a luxury at times. The full blunt impact of racism...

Racism impacts your health

Racism impacts your health   Outside in public: Smiling, dressed real fine, manners on point. I am well schooled on how to be respectful, how to take up space, how to use silence when necessary. Travelling home on transit listening to music to drown out my day —...