Celebrating the achievements of the Canadian Black Nurses Alliance – McMaster

Feb 23, 2024

Nurturing unity and support since 2020, the Canadian Black Nurses Alliance-McMaster continues to inspire 

The Canadian Black Nurses Alliance – McMaster (CBNA-McMaster) was co-founded by students Ezinwa Agokei and Abena Owusu in July 2020. The two students identified the need for a community that fosters connections among Black nursing students, inspired by the positive impact of diversity programs on academic performance and a sense of belonging on campus. 

“During my initial years in nursing school, I was fortunate to connect with most of my classmates. However, I noticed that there were only a handful of Black students in my program and we all appeared to be distant and spread around the different sites & levels. I appreciated that creating a space where we could connect Black students and other students of colour could positively impact my student experience and that of my peers” says Agokei. 

CBNA-Mac launched an online platform in August 2020 to share informative and encouraging content. By September that year, CBNA-Mac held its first event, “Black Voices in Health Care,” culminating in the Black Voices in Nursing (BVIN) series. This event inspired further events such as a “Resource Night,” consisting of an end of the semester study session, as well as “New Grad Live”, where new Black nursing graduates presented in a panel to current students.

Canadian Black Nurses Alliance
Canadian Black Nurses Alliance