I am the fourth James R. Johnston Chair in Black Canadian Studies. This is the first time that the Chair is in the Faculty of Medicine and I am the first queer person to hold the Chair.

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World Blood Donor Day: The Black Teach-In

Dr. OmiSoore Dryden, the James R. Johnston Endowed Chair in Black Canadian Studies (Faculty of Medicine) and the National Coalition Confronting Anti-Black Racism in Donor Protocols host a Black teach-in on World Blood Donor Day.

In recognition of World Blood Donor Day (June 14) and World Sickle Cell Day (June 19), we invite you to join us on Wednesday, June 14th, 5:00 - 6:30pm AT (4:00-5:30pm ET/ 2:00 - 3:30pm MT/ 1:00 - 2:30pm PT) to discuss the systemic anti-Black racism in blood donation protocols and the urgent need for anti-racist and culturally safe donor practices and clinics within Canada. The National Coalition Confronting Anti-Black Racism in Donor Protocols will be addressing the need for Health Canada, Héma-Québec (HQ), and Canadian Blood Services (CBS) to acknowledge and rectify the barriers faced by Black individuals when seeking to donate and receive blood products within Canada.

This is part of the James R. Johnston Chair’s broader #BlackAnalysis Lecture Series, which focuses on Health Disparities and the impact on Black Life. #BlackAnalysis Lecture Series explores issues experienced by Black people, and related to Black Studies, and health, medical education, and patient experiences.

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Program of Work - 2022-2023

2022 - 2023 (ongoing)