My name is Tajriyan Tapader and I graduated from York University with an Honours B.A. degree in Law and Society. From being raised in a high crime neighbourhood where violence was normalized, I witnessed the intertwining of race, socio-economic status and crime. These were intersecting factors that resulted in forms of inequality, with opportunities for success severely constrained. Being anchored to marginalization led me to discover that my community was prone to social problems, thus giving rise to urban offences. Violence should not have been a regular occurrence in my youth, yet my upbringing is what fed my curiosity for understanding its causes and possible solutions. It is this very concern that resulted in a search for a Master’s degree that would be the right fit for me, and my gravitating to Ryerson’s Criminology and Social Justice program. It is from this program where I hope to pursue research endeavors that specifically focus on the criminalization of race and how racial perceptions of crime are linked to punitive measures. My hope is to make a meaningful contribution to the field, and I know that this program will provide me with the groundwork to do so.
My hope is to make a meaningful contribution to the field, and I know that this program will provide me with the groundwork to do so.