Notisha Massaquoi is an assistant professor in the department of health and society at U of T Scarborough, with a graduate cross-appointment at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work. For more than 30 years, she has been an advocate for primary health care access in Black communities across Canada and the rights of LGBTQ2+ refugees from Africa.  

A renowned expert in health equity, Massaquoi’s research utilizes critical race theory, African queer theory and Canadian Black feminist thought to highlight health disparities, equity and the impact of anti-Black racism on health systems in Canada.  

For 20 years, Massaquoi served as the executive director of Women’s Health in Women’s Hands, the only community health centre that offers specialized health care for Black and racialized women in North America. In 2020, Massaquoi was a recipient of the Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellowship at U of T. 


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