Harvard Bound: Your Personal Story
How do you go from homeless to Harvard? Toni shares the three stories that shaped her journey and the lessons she’s learned along the way. From her experiences being kicked out of high school and being told that she’d never get a university degree, to her 10-year journey to complete her undergraduate degree and her eventual arrival at Harvard, Toni shares what it feels like to walk on a journey alone for 15 years unsure of whether her teachers were right— and the sudden reversal of fate when she’d successfully proven them wrong. By the end of this presentation, audiences will not only learn about Toni’s colorful and unconventional path to Harvard, but how the lesson she learned can be applied beyond the Ivy League.
Self-Care as a Radical Act: Mental Health for Students
Self-care is a radical act. In this talk designed for students, Toni challenges the myths and stigmas around mental health and paths to wellness for students. Using her own personal narrative of homelessness, activism, community work and Harvard, provides audiences with a toolkit to manage the range of stress triggers that often impede student success. By including intersectional identities, her approach to wellness— sometimes called ‘humanistic wellness’— allows students from a diverse range of experiences identify, confront and conquer the challenges that distract them from being the person they aspire to become.
Access & Equity for a Diverse Student Population
What are some of the blind spots that schools and administrators face in their mission to create inclusive schools? How do we build school cultures that allow students and staff to learn and grow harmoniously? What are some of the best practices used to build the school of the 21st century? Toni’s work as a leader, community educator, anti-oppression trainer and post-secondary professor have has helped shape positive student cultures. In this talk, Toni discusses the ways the proliferation of new technologies, the evolution of peer-to-peer engagement and the shift in legal and the policy realms have transformed the landscape for access and equity work in 21st-century education.
Crowdfunding like a Boss: Audacious Storytelling For Big Ideas
This is a talk for students and entrepreneurs with big goals and little resources. As more organizations and individuals turn to crowdfunding platforms to launch their projects and ideas, it’s becoming harder to break through the noise to mobilizing people around an idea. Toni will teach audiences the best practices and how to create stories for effective crowdfunding. Using lessons her own viral campaigns and case studies she’ll show anyone can create a crowdfunding story that turns social media likes into funding.
City of Toronto | Human Rights and Equity Award
NOW Magazine | Next Generation of Black Leaders in Toronto
Second Chance Awards for Black Canadians
YWCA | Young Woman of Distinction
Flare Magazine | Volunteer of the Year