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Access and Equity Research Group

About Us

Led by Dr. Ciann L. Wilson and Dr. Ann Marie Beals, the Equity and Access Research Interest Group focuses on utilizing community-based research approaches to improve the services, resources, and supports for marginalized communities in the areas of health and social services.

Our Areas of Focus

  • Community-Based Research
  • Arts-Based Research
  • Health, Education, Social Service access
  • Social Justice and Equity
  • Theorizing and Catalyzing Social Transformation
  • Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, Queer, Two Spirit, Trans and Non-Binary Communities


  • Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University
  • Gendering Adolescent AIDS Prevention
  • AIDS Committee of Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo and Area (ACCKWA)
  • AIDS Committee of Durham Region
  • AIDS Committee of York Region
  • Jumpstart to Higher Education
  • Coalition of Muslim Women of Kitchener Waterloo
  • The African, Caribbean, and Black Network of Waterloo Region
  • The Black Life Collective


  • Canada Foundation for Innovation’s John R. Evans Leaders Fund
  • Ontario Research Fund
  • Canadian Innovation Fund
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research
  • Women’s Xchange
  • Ontario HIV/AIDS Treatment Network

Learn more about the federal funding received for innovative research facilities.

Contact Us:

Ciann L. Wilson, Research Lead


Natalie Kivell, Research Lead