Dr. Curry-Stevens received her PhD in 2005, capping a 20-year career in the Toronto area working at all levels of practice. Following two years on faculty at York University, she moved to Portland, Oregon where she has established a significant profile as an engaged scholar, working in deep partnership with community groups, and frequently engaged in an range of organizational/institutional change efforts to advance equity.
For six years, she was the Principal investigator in a research partnership with the Coalition of Communities of Color. Her work has led to the release of a report, “Communities of Color in Multnomah County: An Unsettling Profile” and a subsequent set of six community-specific reports that detail deep racial disparities between Whites and communities of colour across 28 institutions and systems.
In 2012, her work was recognized by Portland State University and she was awarded the most prestigious of the university’s diversity awards, the President’s Award in Global Excellence. Dr. Curry-Stevens created, in partnership with the Coalition of Communities of Color and allied groups in the university, the Center to Advance Racial Equity. CARE’s focus has been to respond to community-initiated research requests to support their advocacy efforts.
Ann returned to Canada after ten years in the USA. As she settles into Laurier’s Faculty of Social Work, she is pleased to be teaching a range of courses, and beginning to establish options for partnership-based research – and giving priority to work that builds the “visibility, voice and influence” of communities at the margins of Canadian society.