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INTERVIEW WITH LIZA ARNASON FOUNDER OF THE ASE FOUNDATION FOR BLACK COMMUNITIES WITH DISABILITIES



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Liza Arnason BA, MA in equity and education and is the Owner and Principal of Arnason Consulting, and the founder of ASE Community Foundation for Black Canadians with Disabilities where she currently serves as Chair of the Board. She is an award-winning business owner, senior administrator, and educator.

Her career spans over 30 years of leadership and advocacy in critical social and organizational transformation areas, including education equity (with specific attention to anti-black racism, disability justice, and accommodations); organizational governance and policy; strategic change management; and executive coaching.

Liza has served as inaugural Assistant Dean of Students, Community Outreach, and International Experience at the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus founded the Tri-mentoring Program at Toronto Metropolitan University and adjunct professor at Ontario Tech University.

Across her various roles in post-secondary and other organizational spaces, Liza draws on critical pedagogy and research to identify gaps and uses evidence-based research to develop recommendations for and build new models and frameworks to support marginalized communities.

She volunteers her time as a subject expert within community committees; including as a grant reviewer and also a panelist on working groups including the ICES People’s Panel: Race and Ethnicity Data Framework (health). Most importantly, Liz is a mother, grandmother, authentic storyteller, mentor, and unapologetic change agent.
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