June Yee's scholarly research focuses on race and racism, anti-colonialism and access and equity issues for racialised communities in the areas of health, education and social services. More recently, Yee has explored the contradictions and complexities of multiple positionalities that reproduce ...
June Yee's scholarly research focuses on race and racism, anti-colonialism and access and equity issues for racialised communities in the areas of health, education and social services. More recently, Yee has explored the contradictions and complexities of multiple positionalities that reproduce forms of oppression, and has written on racism, whiteness and white supremacy to tackle structural intersectionality. In her practice, she is committed to finding creative and different ways to systemically change the quality of access and equity measures used in direct practice service work.
Currently, she is engaged in research on how to implement an anti-oppressive framework in child welfare that is used by various Children’s Aid Societies in Ontario. As principal and co-principal investigator, Yee has been awarded a number of external peer-reviewed research grants, including from the CIHR and Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction for a study titled Striving for Best Practices and Equitable Mental Health Care Access for Racialised Communities in Toronto, and from Canadian Heritage and Human Resources and Skills Development for a project titled Examining Systemic and Individual Barriers by Ethno-Racial Minority Social Workers in Mainstream Agencies: A Community Project.
Yee has received a number of awards at Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson), in the community and internationally. In 2017, she received the Dean’s Teaching Award. In 2002, she received the Professor of the Year Award for her excellence in research, teaching, and scholarship at Toronto Metropolitan University. In 2008, she was co-awarded the Ontario Association of Social Workers’ Social Work Leaders Award for her contribution to the creation of the Internationally Educated Social Work Professionals Bridging Program, a partnership between the School of Social Work and the G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education. In 2013-2014, she received the Best Conceptual Article designation from Social Work Education: An International Journal for a co-authored article: Is Anti-Oppression Teaching in Canadian Schools of Social Work a Form of Neo-Liberalism?