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Irene Duah-Kessie

I am a first-generation Ghanaian-Canadian, passionate about health equity and creating spaces for young people to thrive. I am the founder and Executive Director of Rise In STEM, a grassroots organization that aims to increase access to STEM learning and career development opportunities for Black youth in Toronto. I am also a Project Coordinator at the Women's Health In Women's Hands Community Health Centre, assisting with a project that addresses barriers young Black women face in employment and justice systems in the Greater Toronto Area.


I hold a Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences from McMaster University, a Master of Science in Sustainability Management from the University of Toronto, and currently a fellow in the Leading Social Justice Fellowship at the University of Toronto's School of Cities. I am also part of the Editorial Team for the Turtle Island Journal of Indigenous Health, a graduate-student-run academic journal housed at the Waakebiness-Bryce Institute.


I enjoy taking nature walks in my spare time, listening to bird calls, and currently learning French.

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