Gloria Umogbai is a recent alumnus of the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) where she completed her Honours Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology and Population Health. She was first introduced to the Health Humanities in her third undergraduate year, and has since been seeking ways to marry both her passion for science education and knowledge translation, and her enthusiasm for community arts engagement. Although her research interests are wide-ranging from the biological to the social sciences and her niche is to be determined, at the core of her interest is exploring the intersectionality of race and the social determinants of health. She is particularly interested in how the compounding effects of certain intersections (e.g., Age and Race) impact Black health consumers’ overall willingness to interact with healthcare systems. She was a 2nd place winner at the UTSC’s Undergraduate Research Poster Forum for her research exploring the compounding effects of Ageism and Racism on Black Aging Bodies.
Ultimately, she hopes to use her artistic medium (poetry) not only as a product of knowledge translation, but as a process to amplify the lived experiences of Black individuals within healthcare. She resonates with Brené Brown’s assertion that “…stories are data with a soul”. When she is not writing poetry in her downtime, she also enjoys reading and cooking Nigerian foods to share with her family and friends.
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