André P. Grace, PhD is Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Sexual and Gender Minority Studies (Tier 1) in the Faculty of Education, University of Alberta. His research focuses on social recognition and accommodation of sexual and gender minority (SGM including queer, trans, and non-binary) youth and young adults, with emphases on their comprehensive health, educational, justice, and sociocultural concerns. Linking research to advocacy and service, he directs the Chew (community~health~empowerment~wellness) Project for vulnerable SGM youth and young adults in Edmonton. Please visit https://chewprojectyeg.org/.
Dr. Grace has served as a member of the Canadian Teachers’ Federation’s Panel of Academic Experts for Sexual and Gender Minority Issues. With Dr. Kristopher Wells, he co-authored Sexual and Gender Minorities in Canadian Education and Society (1969-2013): A National Handbook for K-12 Educators, which the CTF published in English and French in 2016. His work advancing the need for greater synchronicity among research, policy, and practice informs his book Growing into Resilience: Sexual and Gender Minority Youth in Canada (University of Toronto Press, 2015). In 2017, Dr. Grace received the Alberta Justice and Solicitor General Community Justice Award in the Innovation Category for his extensive contributions promoting community safety through crime prevention for the province’s SGM young people. In 2018, he received the CAFA (Confederation of Alberta Faculty Associations) Distinguished Academic Award for his work linking his CRC research program to making life better now for SGM youth and young adults.