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Alumni Association celebrates Black History Month

Thursday, February 25, 2021 - 15:00 to Friday, February 26, 2021 - 16:00

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The University of Windsor Alumni Association presents events to celebrate Black History Month

February 25 - 3-4 p.m.
Our Black Experience – panel discussion.

A distinguished panel of Black alumni share their life experiences of navigating life while Black in Canada. Join the conversation. The alumni panel is hosted by Dwania Peele BSc Chemistry '11, BA Political Science '11, and features Tamara Lopez, BA Psychology '04, Brian Danso, BComm '12 and Osi Nriagu BComm '05, BEd '07. 

Read more about our panelists.

Dwania Peele - panel moderator

Dwania Peele is the Owner and Executive Director of Canadian Small Business Women.  A lover of entrepreneurship, volunteering and networking, Dwania strives to inspire aspiring and current entrepreneurs in Canada. A Chemist and Political Scientist by training and education, but an entrepreneur at heart, Dwania has started 2 successful businesses since 2008.  In 2013, Canadian Small Business Women began serving as a platform for aspiring and current small business women of Canada. Through e-courses, blogs, online chats, Seminars and Expos, CSBW provides avenues for entrepreneurs to showcase their expertise. Dwania continues to make an impact by appearing as a Panelist and Keynote Speaker across North America to provide valuable insight to those in need. She also champions the success of entrepreneurs and it is reflected in her new books The Power Within: Inspiring Stories of Female Immigrant Entrepreneurs and Voices of Strength: Inspiring Stories of Female Entrepreneurs.


Brian Danso
Brian is graduate from the Odette School of Business. Since graduating 2013 with a Bachelor of Commerce, has been an Account Executive with Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (MLSE). During his time at MLSE, he has been a member of the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee and earned a Ticket Service Award of Excellence. While enjoying many perks working for the Sports Organization, his highlights include a Calder Cup championship, 3 MLS Cup runs (1 resulting in a championship win) and an NBA championship.

Tamara Lopez
is a BA Honours Psychology graduate from the University of Windsor and is employed as an Officer with the federal government. Tamara is a former Alumni Association Board member and she continues to give back the UWindsor family as well as in her own local community through her volunteer work and activism.

Osi Nriagu 
Osi is a proud graduate from the Odette School of Business. He graduated with a BComm and Computer Science degree and later a Bachelor of Education degree all while competing as a Lancer Athlete. During his time at the University of Windsor, Osi’s tremendous talent and ability as a track and field athlete garnered him and his fellow Lancer teammates many accolades. Osi was a two time all-Canadian and three-time OUA all-star long and high jumper. Osi was a CIA All-Canadian athlete in 2003 and 2007. In 2007, Osi was named Academic All-Canadian.

He holds the fourth Lancer all-time High Jump record of 2.11 metres and the fifth all-time record at 7.41 metres in the long jump. From 2009 until 2011, Osi was named Canadian Senior National Champion in Long Jump and in 2009 was earned a bronze medal for his jump of 7.53 metres.

He helped lead the Lancer team to five consecutive OUA championships and three CIS men's track & field championships over his five-year career.

For these outstanding accomplishments, he was inducted into the Alumni Sports Hall of Fame in 2020.

He is employed as a border agent with the Canadian Border Services Agency and makes his home in Lakeshore with his wife Melissa Bishop and daughter Corrine.

February 26 - 3-4 p.m.
Celebrating Excellence
- A conversation with Bryant McBride and Jermain Franklin.
Bryant McBride is an executive with the National Hockey League and producer of the movie WILLIE – a documentary about hockey legend Willie O’Ree. Jermain Franklin, anchor at TSN’s SportsCentre in Toronto and a graduate of UWindsor’s Communication Studies program (BA '99). Join Bryant and Jermain as they talk about the making of WILLIE, their shared love of hockey and running. Alumni will have the opportunity to enjoy a complimentary viewing of the movie at their convenience. Pre-registration is required below.

To access a complimentary link to enjoy The WILLIE Documentary. Follow the link below

Use password: WILLI32021

The Willie documentary tells the story of Willie O’Ree, the first black player in the NHL.

Willie O’Ree was the first black player in the NHL, and the impact he has had on his community is invaluable. @willieoreedoc highlights how Willie dedicated his time and energy to promote social justice in his community, and we are teaming up with the @NHL and @ClassroomChamps to tell the story of race in hockey and beyond.

Enjoy a complimentary download of WILLIE courtesy of the University of Windsor Alumni Association. 

Bryant McBride
Bryant McBride builds businesses at the intersection of sports, technology and media. Bryant was the first Black executive at the National Hockey League serving as VP, Business Development from 1991-2000. Bryant's entrepreneurial track record over the past 20 years is 5-1-1 netting investors $80 MM on $10MM invested, with one more investment, Burst, still in play. Bryant also produced and finds time to promote the messages in his acclaimed documentary "Willie", about the first black player in the NHL. He has served on the Boards on the New York Roadrunners, The Armory Track and Field Center in New York City, The Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy in Boston, amongst others. He enjoys mentoring smart, relentless business builders, has been a leader on social justice initiatives for decades, is an avid youth hockey coach and administrator, and has started 26 Marathons - and completed them all.

Jermain Franklin, BA '99
Jermain Franklin is an anchor on TSN’s Sports Centre - Canada’s #1 sports news and information program. Before manning the desk, Franklin was the Calgary Bureau Chief for TSN reporting mainly on the Calgary Flames and Stampeders. During his 17 years with The Sports Network, Franklin’s versatility enabled him to cover sporting events across North America; The 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver The NBA Finals (9 times) The NCAA Final Four / March Madness NFL playoffs Multiple Grey Cup Championships and the Stanley Cup Finals.

Franklin is married with 2 children (Micah and Samson). He is a proud graduate of the University of Windsor. That is also where he met his wife of 19 years, Andrea Stewart-Franklin, BA ’99 . 


Katherine Simon

Contact the UWindsor Alumni Association

Alumni Relations & Advancement
Welcome Centre, University of Windsor

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Windsor, ON  N9B 3P4