Evelyn Amponsah is a community organizer, researcher, scholar, and co- founder of the Black Graduate Students’ Collective at York University. She has been an integral part of the struggle for Black Studies at York and also works on decolonizing the academy, both in Ghana and in Toronto and advocates for more representation of Black people in the academy. Currently, she is a PhD Candidate in York University’s Social and Political Thought program. Her work is largely on melancholia and race and critiques of the “post” racial, and is interested in Afro-pessimism, Black Optimism, Black studies, diaspora studies, Social and Political critiques of whiteness, popular culture and cultural studies. Her work is motivated by Robin D.G Kelly's phrase "love, study, struggle. .