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Black Faculty Members

Representation Matters

Where we do not see ourselves represented, we tend to believe we do not belong. We're dedicated to highlighting under-represented populations at the University of Calgary. Explore the work and interests of countless Black Faculty making tangible changes in their respective fields.


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Meet the Members


Jon Cornish

Jon Cornish is a trailblazer as our chancellor at the University since July of 2022. He is a community leader who was a member of the Calgary Stampeders in the Canadian Football League! He has led various non-profits and charities around Calgary, namely founding the Calgary Black Chambers which has provided life-changing scholarships and opportunities for Black students. He earned his Bachelor of General Studies in Psychology with a focus on Women’s Study. Since then, he has been recognized by Avenue Magazine as one of Calgary's Top 40 Under 40 and is a Canadian Football Hall of Famer. Email:


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! She holds a PhD in political science from the University of Alberta, an MA, MDA, and BA magna cum laude in political science and criminal justice, from Western Michigan University. Dr. Smith serves on several national bodies, including SSHRC Council and Executive, Statistics Canada’s Immigration and Ethnocultural Statistics Advisory Committee, and Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) External EDI Advisory Board. Email: 


Dr. William Yimbo

Dr. William Yimbo is a Senior Advisor, EDI Literacy, Education, and Training in the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. He holds a BA in Political Science and Economics from the University of Nairobi, Kenya, a graduate diploma in International Relations from the Institute of Social Studies in the Netherlands, an MA in Public Affairs, and a Ph.D. in Mass Communication from the University of Minnesota, USA. Dr. Yimbo develops and delivers EDI workshops to staff, faculty and students across the university! Email:


Dr. Kannin Osei-Tutu

Dr. Kannin Osei-Tutu is a hospitalist and associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the CSM. He now serves as the Senior Associate Dean, Health Equity and Systems Transformation. He holds a degree in Kinesiology from McMaster University, Master of Science and Doctor of Medicine at Dalhousie University. He completed his Family Medicine residency at the University of Toronto. Email:


Dr. Caesar Apentiik

Dr. Caesar Apentiik is a Professor here at the University of Calgary, teaching African Studies and Development Studies. He earned his MA, in Archeology, PhD in Philosophy Resources and Environment as well as Interdisciplinary Studies. His research and teaching interests lie in the areas of comparative community development; environmental and human resource management; ethnoecology; anthropological theory and methods. Email:


Rochelle Lamoureux

Rochelle is a Program Specialist for the Haskayne School of Business, Undergraduate (BComm) Student Services. She received her BFA in Drama here at the University of Calgary. She encompasses student advising, recruitment/retention events, initiatives, and strategy, as well as EDIA advising and support. She received the Dean’s Award in 2023, for her meaningful community engagement! Email: 


Dr. Gbenga Adejare 

Dr. Gbenga Adejare is a Professor in the Faculty of Arts in the Department of Sociology. He loves to teach as he believes learning involves being intentional about the realities of oneself and those of others, and delving into how this constantly reshapes our collective survival. Email:


Dr. Rita Yembilah

Dr. Yembilah is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Arts in the Department of Anthropology and Archeology. She earned her BS in Human Geography, Sociology and political science from the University of Ghana, MA in Environmental Studies (Human Geography) and her PhD in Resource Conflicts and International Development here at the University of Calgary. She is a Human Geographer specializing in International Development Studies, she is also a Senior Researcher and evaluator who works with the Canadian Poverty Institute, Ambrose University and works independently as an evaluation consultant locally and internationally. Email:

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Dr. Régine King

Dr. Régine King is an associate professor in the Faculty of Social Work. Her research is community-based, and utilizes critical ethnography and critical storytelling/narrative methods. She has published work related to truth and reconciliation, intergroup dialogues, healing of collective trauma, anti-Black racism, refugee mental health, transnational social work, and critical pedagogies. She is a fervent advocate for heath equity and mental health equity and genocide prevention. Email:

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Dr. Jennifer Adams

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, affiliated with the Werklund School of Education.  She is the PI of the Creativity, Equity and STEM Lab, where she and her team research equity in STEM teaching and learning environments, emphasizing identity-affirming, anti-deficit, and justice-oriented approaches. In addition, she is in leadership of a national project known as “Securing Black Futures,” which seeks to increase the visibility and support the flourishing of Black students in STEM! Email:


Dr. Tolulope  Sajobi

Dr. Tolulope (Tolu) is an Associate Professor and Senior Biostatistician in the Departments of Community Health Sciences and Clinical Neurosciences here at the University of Calgary! He is also a member of the O’Brien Institute for Public Health, Hotchkiss Brain Institute, and Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta. He is the director of the Person-Centered Methods & Analytics (PCMA) lab through which he leads a methodological research application in three areas of clinical research! Email:


Dr. Morris Scantlebury

Dr. Morris Scantlebury is an associate professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Calgary. He is also a pediatric neurologist at the Alberta Children's Hospital in Calgary and is a member of the Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute, Hotchkiss Brain Institute, Owerko Centre. He has a broad background and extensive research in the area of pediatric epilepsyEmail:


Dr. Motilola Akinfemisoye-Adejare

Dr. Motilola is an assistant professor, teaching courses in the African Studies Program in the department of Anthropology and Archaeology. She earned her BSc in Mass communication, MA in Global Media and Communication and PhD in Journalism, Communication and Media. She is an Africanist scholar focused on the intersection of popular media, politics, journalism and technology in Africa and has published work in these areas. Particularly she is interested in the representation of women politicians in Africa and what these might mean for their inclusion in terms of governance. Email: 


Dr. Uchechukwu Umezurike

Dr. Uche is an assistant Professor in the Faculty of Arts, Department English. He earned his MA in English and his PhD in English. His research covers Literatures of Africa and the African Diaspora, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Critical Race Theory and so much more! Email:  


Dr. Fouzia Usman

Dr. Fouzia Usman is an Educational Development Consul. She earned her Bachelors in Human Environmental Studies, MA in Educational Administration and Supervision, and PhD in Educational Research (Leadership). She works to advance EDI initiatives within the university’s Teaching and Learning, and has contributed to the implementation of anti-racism practices such as the Taylor Institute Anti-Racism in Teaching and Learning badge. Email:


Dr. Bukola Oladunni Salami

Dr. Salami is a professor in the department of Community Health Sciences at the Cumming School of Medicine. She earned her BScN at the University of Windsor, Master of Nursing and PhD in Nursing from the University of Toronto. She has led an exemplary career in research, being involved in 90 funded research projects that focus on policies and practices that shape migrants' health. Email:


Dr. Gideon Christian

Dr. Gideon Christian is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Calgary. He earned his LLB, LLM specializing in Law & Tech and Ph.D. He recently secured funding from the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada to explore racial bias implications in facial recognition technology. Email: 

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Dr. Patrina Duhaney

Dr. Patrina Duhaney is an assistant professor, critical race scholar and social work activist in the Faculty of Social Work. Her research grapples with issues related to race, racism, intersections between victimization and criminalization, and is informed by critical race theory, critical race feminism and anti-racism. Email:


Dr. Tsegay Berhe Gebrelibanos

Dr. Tsegay Gebrelibanos is a Program Coordinator, Director and Facilitator in the Private Consultant and human services expert, he teaches ANTH 320. He has earned his BA, Ma and earned his PhD in African Studies and Culture from Addis Ababa University. He also used to teach at the University of Alberta! Email:

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