Vidya Shah

Associate Professor

Ed.D - OISE/UT, Toronto

Location(s) / Contact Info:

Phone: 416-736-2100 Ext. 20917


Website: UnLeading


Dr. Vidya Shah is an educator, scholar and activist committed to equity and racial justice in the service of liberatory education. She is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at York University, and her research explores anti-racist and decolonial approaches to leadership in schools, communities, and school districts. She also explores educational barriers to the success and well-being of Black, Indigenous, and racialized students. Dr. Shah teaches in the Master of Leadership and Community Engagement, as well as undergraduate and graduate level courses in education. She has worked in the Model Schools for Inner Cities Program in the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) and was an elementary classroom teacher in the TDSB. Dr. Shah is committed to bridging the gaps between communities, classrooms, school districts and the academy, to re/imagine emancipatory possibilities for schooling. Dr. Shah is also a facilitator with the Center for Courage and Renewal, focused on nurturing deep integrity and relational trust for a more loving, equitable, and healthy world. You can learn more about her work at

Faculty & School/Dept

  • Faculty of Education -

Courses Taught

  • Enacting Leadership and Policy (GS/EDUC 7010)
  • Teaching for Diverse & Equitable Classrooms in Ontario (ED/EDFE 3100)

Selected Publications

Other Research Outputs

Research Projects

School District Reform for Racial Justice

Role: Principal Investigator

Amount funded: $308,714

Year Funded: 2022

Duration: 5

Funded by: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

This study explores, uncovers, and maps the policies, practices, discourses, and actions that both facilitate and prevent anti-racist school district reform.

Initiating and Sustaining Equity Innovation for System Reform

Role: Principal Investigator

Amount funded: $48,893

Year Funded: 2019

Duration: 2

Funded by: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

This study explores how equity-minded reforms are both initiated and sustained in school districts.

Role: Collaborator

Funded by: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)


  • Graduate Teaching Award, Faculty of Education, York University - 2023
  • Mentor of the Year, Leaders and Legends Award, OISE/UT - 2022

Professional Affiliations

York University Affiliations/Cross Appointments

Service/Community Activities