Leadership and Mentorship for Black and Racialized Students - Dean's Intentional Conversations

Wednesday, June 12, 2024 - 10:00 to 11:30


  • Wednesday, June 12, 2024, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Odette School of Business, Room 123.

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About Our Event

Evidence indicates racial disparities in economic outcomes in Canada. Limited and lack of mentorship and support for Black and racialized youth and students contribute to these disparities. This session will provide a space for mentorship and honest conversations with Black and racialized students, including the role of race and racism in the educational experience. Dr. Salami will discuss her experience navigating through her educational journey at the University of Windsor and University of Toronto. She will also discuss strategies she implemented to gain leadership experience, which acted as a catalyst for her upward career mobility. Dr. Salami will discuss key strategies in career planning for Black and racialized students and youth.

About Our Keynote Speaker

Dr. Bukola Salami

Photo of Bukola SalamiProfessor Bukola Salami is a Full Professor and Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Black and Racialized Peoples’ Health in the Department of Community Health Sciences, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary.

Prior to this role, she was Director of Intersections of Gender Signature Area in the Office of Vice President Research, University of Alberta. In this role, she led the establishment of the Institute for Intersectional Studies.

Dr. Salami received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Windsor, Master of Nursing from the University of Toronto, and PhD in Nursing from the University of Toronto.

Professor Salami’s research program focuses on policies and practices shaping migrant as well as Black and racialized people’s health. She has been involved in over 90 funded studies totalling over $230 million and has published over 140 papers in peer review journals.

She is the founder and lead of the African Child and Youth Migration Network, a network of 40 scholars across the globe.

In 2020, Dr. Salami founded the Black Youth Mentorship and Leadership Program, a program to socially and economically empower Black youth to contribute meaningfully to the society. Her work has led to the creation of the first mental health clinic for Black people in Western Canada.

She has presented her work to policy makers (including to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health); her work has contributed to policy change.

Professor Salami is Editor for the Canadian Journal of Nursing Research and Associate Editor of the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ), and is also an editorial member of several nursing journals including Nursing Inquiry and Nursing Philosophy.

She is a council member of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and an advisory board member of the CIHR Institute for Human Development, Child and Youth Health and Scientific Advisory Committee on Global Health to the Government of Canada.

Dr. Salami has received many awards for her contributions. She is the youngest and first Black/racialized Canadian to be inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, one of the highest awards in nursing. Additionally, professor Salami is a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Nursing and the American Academy of Nursing.