Chika Stacy Oriuwa
Chika Stacy Oriuwa is a fourth-year MD/MSc (Systems Leadership and Innovation) candidate at the University of Toronto (U of T), Faculty of Medicine and Institute of Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation.
As a professional spoken word artist prior to medical school, she has worked under the Hamilton Youth Poets, and earned her place as a national slam poetry finalist twice. As a first-generation Nigerian-Canadian woman, and the only Black medical student in her cohort at U of T, Chika’s identity has driven her extensive dedication to leadership and reform within medicine and beyond. Utilizing her passion for public speaking, she became a vocal advocate for improving disparities in Black health and confronting institutional discrimination against racialized populations. She has had the honour of being invited to give over two dozen keynotes, seminars, and panelist contributions on the topic of improving racial equity in medical admissions, diversity in medical education, and her journey as an underrepresented minority in medicine. Moreover, she has had the privilege of delivering international keynotes on the topic of women’s health and global health. As an ambassador and educator of the Black Student Application Program at the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine, she has had the privilege to speak on national and international platforms, through various media syndications, as a champion of inclusion, diversity, and empowerment of marginalized voices. Notably, she has been interviewed on CBC Radio, CTV News, CP24, Toronto Star, and FLARE magazine – amongst others.
As a writer, Chika has penned viral articles and poetic performances on navigating the world of medicine as a Black woman. In 2017, she released her renown slam poem “Woman, Black” and in 2018 published her seminal article “In My White Coat, I am More Black than Ever” for FLARE magazine’s Black History Month campaign. By doing so, she has been given opportunities such as sitting on the External Implementation Steering Committee to the former Minister of Children and Youth Services, assisting with the execution of the Ontario Black Youth Action Plan.
Lastly, Chika’s resolve has compelled her to remain proactive in the mentorship of racialized youth. For these reasons, she has enjoyed her roles as co-president of the Black Medical Students Association of U of T, co-founder of the Black Interprofessional Student’s Association of U of T, and co-founder of Black Girl Brunch Toronto. Chika is dedicated to creating networks of support for scholarly and professional advancement within the Black community and beyond. Additionally, within the realm of academia, Chika remains active as a researcher on the topics of equitable admissions practices within medicine, experiences of Black physicians and medical trainees, and the impacts of mentorship on the trajectory of minority medical trainees and staff.
Ultimately, Chika Stacy Oriuwa strives to integrate her passion for public speaking, creative expression, and health equity into advocacy and healthcare innovation for marginalized populations.
Improving Racial Equity in Medical Admissions, Diversity in Medical Education:
My keynotes detail my narrative as a woman of colour in medicine, and how I use public speaking as a form of advocacy around equity in medical admissions, diversity in medical education, and empowerment of marginalized voices.