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Nwadiogo Ejiogu

Class of 2006 – HBA, Innis

An Innisian Abroad: Alumna Nwadiogo Ejiogu on med school in the US

A second year medical student at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee, Nwadiogo Ejiogu (HBA 2006) attributes her appreciation for life-long learning to her rich experiences at Innis College

While at the University of Toronto, Nwadiogo was immersed in the family at Innis College, taking part in a work-study in the Registrar’s office, and volunteering at several campus- and community-based organizations such as Hassle Free Clinic, Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention.  She was also a collective member for four years at The Centre for Women and Trans People at U of T. Community service has been one of her most fulfilling experiences and in 2007 her service work was acknowledged when she received the Mary Ann Duffy Graduating Student Award from Innis College.

Nwadiogo’s keen interest in education and social justice lead her to pursue a Masters of Arts degree at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at U of T in the previously named Sociology and Equity Studies in Education program (currently, Humanities, Social Sciences & Social Justice in Education). It was at OISE where she received the Canada Graduate Scholarship Master’s from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). While in graduate school, she presented at several conferences in both Canada and the US and also co-authored, with Syrus Ware, the chapter, “How Disability Studies Stays White and What Kind of White it Stays,” a text that is curricula at several colleges and universities in North America.

More recently, Nwadiogo has changed her career path to follow her passion for health equity and is currently a second year medical student at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee. Medical school has been a challenging yet rewarding experience and she is grateful for her training in the social sciences, as it has provided her with a broader context within which to understand health and healing. When she gets a moment away from her busy schedule, Nwadiogo carves out time to soak in the vibrant music scene in Nashville and travel extensively throughout the US.

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