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Championing Equity in Higher Education

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This platform was designed as a gateway to connect, access resources, and foster meaningful connections for Black science students and minorities. We operate with virtues of inclusion, equity, and the goal of decolonizing academic spaces.

Oprah Winfrey

“For every one of us that succeeds, it’s because there’s somebody there to show you the way out. The light doesn’t always necessarily have to be in your family; for me it was teachers and school.”

Scholarships for Black Students

Faculty Spotlight

The University of Calgary is home to countless Black Faculty who are making tangible changes in their respective fields.  Select the panels below to read more about these professionals and access relevant contact information.

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Dr. Malinda Smith


Dr. Malinda Smith is the Vice-Provost, Associate Vice-President Research (EDI), and a professor of political science here at the University of Calgary.

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Dr. Gbenga Adejare

Assistant Professor

Dr. Gbenga Adejare is a Professor within the Department of Sociology at the University of Calgary. 

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Dr. Jennifer Adams

Research Chair of Creativity and Science

Dr. Jennifer Adams is a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair of Creativity and Science and Associate Professor at the University of Calgary, Department of Chemistry/

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Dr. Fouzia Usman

Educational Development Consul

Dr. Fouzia Usman is an Educational Development Consul. She has contributed to the implementation of anti-racism practices such as the Taylor Institute Anti-Racism in Teaching and Learning badge.

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Dr. Kannin Osei-Tutu


Dr. Kannin Oei-Tutu is a hospitalist and associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the CSM. He serves as the Senior Associate Dean, Health Equity and Systems Transformation.

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Dr. William Yimbo

Senior Advisor

Dr. William Yimbo is a Senior Advisor, EDI Literacy, Education, and Training in the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.

Why Promote Equity in Higher Education ?

While equality focuses on granting individuals the same opportunities, equity acknowledges the barriers to access that exist for marginalized communities. Equity is a commitment to allocating resources, funding, and academic support in a manner that considers the unique backgrounds of an institution’s students. This approach bridges the gap and enables all students to thrive throughout their postsecondary studies, regardless of race, gender, disability or social class. Equitable education is the only way forward in the abundantly diverse world that we inhabit.

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