Jan 31, 2024

MoGen Black History Month Programming

Event News
By EDIIA Committee (GSA) and MoGen Communications

Programming Black History Month provides a dedicated time to honour the achievements and contributions of Black individuals throughout history. Within the context of molecular biology research, understanding and acknowledging Black history is crucial for fostering inclusivity and recognizing the contributions of Black scientists. Historical disparities in education and opportunities have disproportionately affected Black researchers.

Pioneering figures like Dr. Marie M. Daly and Dr. Percy Julian have significantly impacted molecular biology, contributing to breakthroughs that benefit society at large. Embracing Black history encourages a more equitable and enriched scientific community, emphasizing the importance of diverse perspectives in advancing molecular biology research.

Black History Month Programming Details

As part of our programming for Black History Month, the EDIIA Committee is hosting a seminar highlighting Black excellence in scientific research. We are thrilled to spotlight the remarkable achievements of three renowned Black scientists in our community!

In addition, MoGen Career Connections will host an open hour with Kwamaa Duah, MoGen alumna and Principal of Medical Communications at Sixsense Strategy Group. This session is geared toward BIPOC students and includes insights on navigating a career beyond academia.

Andrea Knight
Dr. Andrea Knight, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Paediatrics

BHM Seminar Day One

  • Guest Speaker: Dr. Andrea Knight 
  • Improving Mental Health for Children with Chronic Disease: Insights from Lupus Research

Date: Thurs Feb 22, 3:00 PM-4:30 PM
Location: Myhal Centre (MY 315)
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On the left, Dr. Juliet Daniel, and on the right, Dr. Upton Allen.

BHM Seminar Day Two

  • Guest Speaker: Dr. Juliet Daniel
  • Dances of the Cure-abbean: Kaiso, cancer disparities and people of African ancestry
  • Guest Speaker: Dr. Upton Allen
  • COVID-19 Research among Black and Other Racialized Communities: Lessons Learned 

Date: Thurs Feb 29, 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Location: Sidney Smith Hall (SS 1071)
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Featured Mentor: Kwamaa Duah, MoGen Alumna, consultant and medical communicator

Mentorship Session: Career Insights & Strategies for BIPOC Science Grads

Mentor: Kwamaa Duah, MoGen Alumna
Date: Wed, February 21, 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Location: Zoom (TBA)