Engaging with various research bodies helps build concrete research supports. We are celebrating Black excellence and boosting equity and inclusive participation.
Studying anti-Black experiences at the university
Dr. Patrina Duhaney is leading a research project that aims to capture student, alumni, staff, sessional instructors and faculty members' experiences of anti-Black racism at UCalgary.
Unearthing the experiences of BIPOC in STEM fields
Dr. Jennifer D. Adams explores the experiences of Black, Indigenous, and racialized students in Western Canada within STEM fields.
Dr. Régine King's innovative program of research
Dr. Régine King is the recipient of the 2021 Killam Emerging Research Leader Award. One of UCalgary's most prestigious awards, she has been recognized for her various contributions in research and advancing social change.
Researching epilepsy in infants
Dr. Morris H. Scantlebury, MD, and Scantlebury Lab principal investigator, was awarded a CIHR grant to study the role of acid sensing ion channels in infantile spasms.
How to promote morally courageous behaviour at work
Dr. Tunde Ogunfowora, associate professor and researcher at the Haskayne School of Business, was recently published in the Journal of Organizational Behaviour. Ogunfowora and his colleagues found that ethical role modelling from a leader influences morally conscious behaviour by nurturing employee moral ownership and a sense of obligation to the organization.
Advance anti-racism work in cancer care
Doreen Ezeife and Régine King reflect on promising anti-racism practices for municipalities, and equity and diversity in medicine. O’Brien Institute for Public Health researchers are working to address anti-Black racism, and to promote health, equity, diversity and inclusion in government and health care.
Research team receives funds, New Frontiers in Research Fund
Professor Gideon Christian is the co-principal investigator for a research team exploring immigrant/racialized community mobilization towards empowerment through a community-based health data cooperative.
When a mudslide strands a train, Baxter, a queer Black sleeping car porter, must contend with the perils of white passengers, ghosts, and his secret love affair.
The Sleeping Car Porter brings to life an important part of Black history in North America from the perspective of a queer man living in a culture that renders him invisible in two ways. Affecting, imaginative, and visceral enough that you’ll feel the rocking of the train, The Sleeping Car Porter is a stunning accomplishment.
Carefully built lyric meditations combine beauty and ugliness, engaging with violence and displacement while seeking to build kinship and celebrate imagination. Weaving domestic and international settings, salient observation and potent memory, Umezurike immerses the reader in rich, precise imagery and a community of voices, ideas, and recollections. there’s more navigates immigrant life with a multifaceted awareness of joy, melancholia, loss, and hope.
Dr. Wanda Thomas Bernard Leadership Scholarship
The Dr. Wanda Thomas Bernard Scholarship is one of three new Faculty of Social Work awards for Black students initiated by the Faculty of Social Work’s Anti-Black Racism Task Force.
Scholarship honours legacy of advocacy, action & excellence
Announcing the Dr. David Este Graduate Scholarship for Black Faculty of Social Work graduate students. Among his many accolades as an educator, Este was recognized with the Canadian Association of University Teachers’ Lee Lorch Award for excellence in teaching, research and service.
Rhodes Scholarship for 2022
Alumna Nicole Mfoafo-M'Carthy is 1 of just 11 Canadians to receive Rhodes Scholarship for 2022. The Rhodes Scholarship is the oldest and possibly most prestigious international scholarship program, enabling outstanding young people from around the world to pursue a postgraduate degree at the University of Oxford in England.
Postdoctoral Awards for Indigenous and Black Scholars
Congratulations to the recipients of the Inaugural recipients of Provost’s Postdoctoral Awards for Indigenous and Black Scholars for 2021.
UCalgary alumni inspires Black females to pursue law career
Storme Mckop says there were two main reasons for her starting the BLSA chapter. The first reason was to build a community and have support from other students with similar experiences. When she started the chapter, there were only five Black law students in all three years at UCalgary Law, and she was the only black student in her second year.
UCalgary alumni blazes trail for Black female lawyers
There are many reasons for someone to want to pursue law. For Patricia Sealy, LLB’98, the first Black woman in Alberta to receive a Queen’s Counsel (QC) appointment, the reason was simple: helping people.
Dr. Tito Daodu-First Black Woman Pediatric Surgeon in Canada
People who draw on their own experiences to make the world a better place for others are invaluable and Dr. Oluwatomilayo (Tito) Daodu is a poster girl for such people. She had a rough childhood and as the first Black female pediatric surgeon practicing in Canada at the Alberta’s Children’s Hospital Foundation, she wants to make surgical care accessible to all.
Dr. Umezurike is Brittle Paper’s 2021 Academic of the Year
Umezurike stands out in his ability to straddle the worlds of academia and mainstream literary culture. He supports fellow writers through published book reviews, interviews, and event curation. He delights readers with literary fiction, poetry, and children’s stories, having published 10 books.
NLNG Prize for Literary Criticism winner 20/21 Dr. Umezurike
- ’Self-Publishing in the era of military rule in Nigeria, 1985 – 1999′, Journal of African Cultural Studies (Volume 32, Issue 2, 2020)
- ‘Postcolonial Ogres in Ngugi Wa Thiong’o’s Wizard of the Crow’, Postcolonial Text (Vol 13, No 2 – 2018) – available to read online here
- ‘Land of cemetery: funereal images in the poetry of Musa Idris Okpanachi’, Tydskrif vir Letterkunde (55, 2 – 2018) – available to read online here
Calgary Black Chambers' Achievement Award for STEM
An individual who excels in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math and who is creating opportunities for Black community members to get involved and join the field
2022 Winner: Dr. Jennifer Adams
Calgary Black Achievement Awards 2022 - Medicine
An individual practicing in the Medical field works to improve the lives of their patients, their students, and research in the field.
2022 Winner: Dr. Kannin Osei-Tutu
UCalgary signs Jon Cornish, CFA, as 15th chancellor
Jon Cornish’s passion for supporting others, promoting inclusion, and building a better Calgary made him ideal for this key volunteer leadership position at UCalgary. Jon Cornish was voted Chancellor-Elect on April 21 and will officially take over the position on July 1, 2022. Chancellor is the university's most senior volunteer role, and the person appointed to the position acts as an ambassador for the facility.
The Black Student Admissions Process (BSAP)
Outgoing BLSA president, Keshia Holloman-Dawson, reflects on the achievements and highlights of the BLSA and the BSAP. In June 2020, Holloman-Dawson assumed leadership of the BLSA, where she and two other Black law students wrote the Calls to Action and started all initiatives.
Psychology Clinic, free therapy program for Black community
The University of Calgary Psychology Clinic and Kalonji are hosting a series of Let’s Talk! Black Mental Health workshops this summer, the next one being held July 5, live on Zoom. Workshop topics include a discussion of the challenges that affect the mental health of Black Albertans and how to access mental health services in Calgary.
New downtown pop-up creates dynamic space for Black youth
UCalgary faculties collaborate to promote racial and equity justice and create an inclusive space for Black youth on Stephen Avenue at the Calgary Design Clinic, which will be converted into a space for the Black Youth Summer Leadership program.
UCalgary Team Teaching Award honours Social Work professors
Dr. Régine King, PhD, and Dr. Patrina Duhaney, PhD, of the Faculty of Social Work (FSW) have been recognized as outstanding contributors to teaching and learning for their course, Africentric Perspectives in Social Work (SOWK 555.55). The course was developed as part of FSW’s commitment to social justice, equity and anti-racism.
2022 Scotiabank Giller Prize - The Sleeping Car Porter
Dr. Suzette Mayr has been named the 2022 Scotiabank Giller Prize winner for her novel, The Sleeping Car Porter. The announcement was made at a black-tie dinner and award ceremony in Toronto. The Scotiabank Giller Prize is Canada's most prestigious literary prize, recognizing excellence in Canadian fiction.
Black tech entrepreneur event series celebrates diverse perspectives and future leaders
A new events series is giving Black Albertan tech entrepreneurs a chance to pitch their businesses to investors and connect with peers in the industry. Its first event saw seven Black tech leaders pitch their ideas to a packed crowd of investors and peers, with competitors pitching for cash prizes and business support to help advance their companies.
Celebrating innovation in equity education at the Cumming School of Medicine
A new portfolio set to advance health equity, inclusion and anti-racism within the medical school. The portfolio was created to advance health equity, inclusion and anti-racism within the medical school and to action the school’s social accountability mandate externally.
UCalgary English prof hopes to spread awareness about migrant challenges through poetry
Dr. Uchechukwu Peter Umezurike, winner of the 2021 Provost Award for Indigenous and Black Scholars, was inspired to write his new book, there’s more, after reading news reports of immigrants and refugees dying while trying to get to a new home.
Inaugural Black Scholars Reception celebrates vision, courage and inclusive excellence
Energy and joy filled MacKimmie Tower conference rooms as the inaugural Black Scholars Reception: Celebrating Vision, Courage, and Inclusive Excellence at the University of Calgary was hosted by Dr. Malinda Smith, vice-provost and associate vice-president research (equity, diversity and inclusion).
The event gathered Black scholars, faculty, staff and students in a meet-and-greet with UCalgary senior leadership and deans for an afternoon of connection, networking and celebration.
Influential community leaders honoured at the 2023 Calgary Black Achievement Awards
Honoured at the June 9 ceremony were Dr. Malinda Smith, PhD, UCalgary’s vice-provost and associate vice-president research (Equity, Diversity and Inclusion) and a professor of political science; Dr. Charles Odame-Ankrah, PhD’15, an air quality research chemist with the Faculty of Science; Sinit Abraha, BA’23, a recent political science graduate; and Ezeoha Santiago, BComm’23, a member of the Dinos basketball team.
- Dr. Malinda Smith - Lifetime Achievement Award, the highest honour of the evening
- Dr. Charles Odame-Ankrah - Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Award
- Ms. Sinit Abraha - Youth Achievement Award
- Mr. Ezeoha Santiago - Sports & Athletics Award
Calgary Black Chambers
Governance Hack Episode #2 - The Unsettling University Governance Project
Governance Hack with Handel Kashope Wright
Guests - Dr. Malinda Smith and Dr. Wisdom Tettey
August 2, 2023 | The Unsettling University Governance Project
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