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.

On this website you will find up-to-date information on #JRJChairChats, #WheresTheChair, the JRJ Chair’s twitter feed, and recent articles. Feel free to explore the other pages where you will find my bio, the history of the JRJ Chair and bios on previous Chairs, useful resources on Black Lives Matter in Medicine, and the Black Med Ed Collaborative. And check out the new Black Blog.

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JRJ Chair Chat

JRJ Chair Chat provides an opportunity for Black medical students, Black students in Health professions (medicine, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, etc.), and Black Graduate students (across disciplines) to gather.

Join Dr. OmiSoore Dryden, the James Robinson Johnson (JRJ) Endowed Research Chair in Black Canadian Studies at the upcoming #JRJChairChat!

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Program of Work

Program of Work - 2019-2020

2019 - 2020

Program of Work - 2020-2021

2020 - 2021

Program of Work - 2021-2022_V2

2021 - 2022

Program of Work - 2022-2023

2022 - 2023 (ongoing)

We're Hiring!

Dr. OmiSoore Dryden is hiring for several positions on research projects. Check out the available positions and job descriptions:

To apply, please submit the following to JRJadmin@dal.ca with the appropriate subject line (see each job description).

  • Resume or CV
  • Cover letter

To be considered for these positions, individuals must self-identify as African Nova Scotian, Black Nova Scotian, Afro-Indigenous, African, Caribbean, and/or Black and clearly state this in their application.

Reach out to JRJadmin@dal.ca with any questions.