The Interdisciplinary Dialogue is an annual campus-wide teaching and learning project that invites students, faculty, staff and the public to explore social justice issues together across the Winter term. This year, the project topic is COVID-19’s Calls to Reimagine Relations. Our first forum will explore how racial inequities have been further amplified by COVID-19.
Cheryl Prescod Executive Director, Black Creek Community Health Centre
Dr. Notisha Massaquoi Health Equity Expert
Katrina Ingram Ethically Aligned AI
Valerie Ouedraogo, PhD, MSW, RSW Assistant Professor, MacEwan University Faculty of Health and Community Studies
Cheryl Prescod, executive director of a Toronto Community Health Centre, strives to ensure equitable access to health services for vulnerable populations. A dedicated community leader for over 25 years, she is a coalition builder, bringing together diverse stakeholders in community development initiatives that reflect the needs of people. She facilitates numerous Community-Academic partnerships in research to build evidence that informs policy and innovative approaches to complex problems in marginalized communities. Current leadership roles include co-chair of the Northwestern Toronto Ontario Health Team, advisory member of the York University Community Engagement Centre and the SeroMark Immunity Project, and member of the board of directors of the Canadian Mental Health Association (Toronto). Cheryl has an academic background in biological sciences, with graduate degrees from the Universities of Ottawa and Toronto and leadership training in healthcare and non-profit management from the Rotman School of Management, Schulich School of Business and Harvard Business School.
Dr. Notisha Massaquoi
Dr. Notisha Massaquoi holds a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto/OISE in Social Justice Education. She is one of Canada’s leading experts in developing equity responsive organizations. She currently serves on the Ontario Health System Personal Protective Equipment and Implementation Working Group to ensure the equitable distribution of PPE across the province. Most notably she served for 2 decades as the Executive Director of Women’s Health in Women’s Hands Community Health Centre in Toronto – the only Community Health Centre in North America providing specialized primary healthcare for Black and racialized women. Her research focuses on health equity, anti-Black racism, and the impact of the social determinants of health on Black communities. She is currently a Provost Research Fellow at the University of Toronto Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work.
Katrina Ingram has a passion for education, healthcare and technology. She holds an undergraduate degree in business administration and recently completed a master's in communication and technology. Her research is focused on artificial intelligence and applied ethics within a healthcare context. She has prior work experience in healthcare, as a consultant with the TEC Edmonton Health Accelerator where she worked on a project involving home health monitoring technology. She's also part of the GuARD-AI research team which is looking at the impact of COVID-19 on vulnerable populations and virtual care in Alberta. Katrina currently teaches at MacEwan University in addition to consulting for a range of clients in industry and academia. Before returning to school, she spent over a decade working in public broadcasting at both the CBC and CKUA Radio. Katrina blogs at ethicallyalignedai.com and also hosts a podcast called Back to School Again, about going back to school in mid-life.
Black History Month 2021 is a university-wide celebration that aims to raise awareness of the contributions made by Black Canadians to Canada’s culture and legacy, past and present. It also creates a space to reflect on the realities Black Canadians continue to face regarding racism and discrimination. All events are free to attend and open to the public, however, registration may be required.
We acknowledge that the land on which we gather in Treaty Six Territory is the traditional gathering place for many Indigenous people. We honour and respect the history, languages, ceremonies and culture of the First Nations, Métis and Inuit who call this territory home.