Kharoll-Ann Souffrant

PhD student in Social Work and Vanier scholar in Montréal, Québec, Canada

Kharoll-Ann Souffrant

PhD student in Social Work and Vanier scholar in Montréal, Québec, Canada

Born in Montreal and of Haitian origin, Kharoll-Ann Souffrant is a social worker and speaker. She is a doctoral student at the University of Ottawa and a Vanier scholarship recipient. Her thesis focuses on sexual violence experienced by black women in Quebec in connection with the #MoiAussi (#MeToo) movement of 2017 and #AgressionNonDénoncée (#BeenRapedNeverReported) movement of 2014. Kharoll-Ann holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in social work from McGill University and a college diploma in Youth and Adult Correctional Intervention from the Collège Ahuntsic. She has worked as a volunteer, counsellor and social worker with populations with a variety of psychosocial difficulties as well as in the health and social services network.

In recent years, Kharoll-Ann has become particularly known for her activism against sexual violence against women and for promotion of mental health. She has been a sought after speaking since 2015. Kharoll-Ann is regularly called upon to participate in the media on themes related to her areas of expertise.

For her commitment, Kharoll-Ann has received some twenty community and university awards including the Young Woman of Distinction award from the YWCA of Montreal, the Terry Fox Humanitarian Award and the Relève award from the Order of Social Workers of Québec. She was named one of the most distinguished personalities of 2016 by the Journal de Montréal and ELLE Québec magazine. Winner of Black History Month in 2020, Kharoll-Ann was included in a list of 100 Black women to watch across the country published on the occasion of the Canada International Black Women Event. She is now an Action Canada Fellow for 2020/21.

Kharoll-Ann has been recently selected as a 2020 United Nations Fellow for People of African Descent by the Office of High Commissioner of Human Rights in the context of the UN International Decade for People of African Descent (2015-2024).

Often described as a quiet force, Kharoll-Ann aspires to a career in teaching and university research in social work. Through each of her actions, she fervently wishes to embody the adult she needed when she was younger, for the greatest number of people.

She is fluent in English and French and can be reached at ksouf081@uottawa.ca.

  • Education
    • McGill University
    • Université d'Ottawa