Sulemana is a PhD Candidate in Social Work at Memorial University. He has a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from Carleton University, Ottawa, and completed his undergraduate Social Work degree in Finland.
Prior to beginning his doctoral studies, Sulemana had worked as a Registered Social Worker with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, where he practiced in the field of child welfare in St. John’s as well as the Inuit (Nunatsiavut) communities of Hopedale and Rigolet. He has also previously worked in multiple organizations in Ontario, including the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) in Ottawa and Horizons for Youth in Toronto. These experiences highlighted some of the challenges faced by Black families and families from Non-Western Indigenous descent, but also a concern about the ways in which racism and White privilege impacts the child welfare system.
Sulemana hopes to focus his PhD research on racism in the child welfare system in Canada as it relates to White social workers practicing in Black communities.