Jaemar Ivey


Jaemar Ivey, MSW, RSW is a Ph.D. student at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto and represents the Student population on the OASW Board. He is currently engaged in developing a Student Advisory Group to increase students’ representation, voice and perspectives at the Association.

Jaemar’s doctoral research seeks to include voices of ethnic and racial minorities, one of the populations most oppressed and negatively affected, yet continuously excluded from research. He is developing a comprehensive and robust framework for diversity management within organizations that transforms equity and inclusion within organizational environments and culture, moving beyond increased representation (diversity) and employee training and education.

At the practice level, Jaemar has extensive experience coordinating social services and case management supports to some of the most vulnerable populations in the Toronto which include black, racialized, Indigenous, LGBTQ2S, newcomer, low-income, homeless, seniors and persons experiencing mental health and substance use issues. Jaemar currently works at Toronto Community Housing, Canada’s largest social housing provider as a Business Planner, Confronting Anti-Black Racism Strategy.

Jaemar is actively engaged in community development and advocacy. He is a Director on the Board of Family Services Toronto (FST) and participates on their Governance Committee. He was previously a Board member and Secretary at Second Base Youth Shelter in Scarborough. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of the West Indies, Mona; a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Manitoba; and a Master of Social Work with specialization in Human Services Management and Leadership from the University of Toronto.