25 episodes

Navigating professional life as a "racialized" person can be exhausting. Join Dr. O, a Public Health Physician Specialist in Toronto, as she interviews guests who are overcoming the obstacles of overt and institutionalized racism to achieve their professional goals while creating healthy and fulfilling lives. If you'd like to learn about thriving in the face of adversity while staying well, this is the podcast for you.

Race, Health & Happiness Dr. Onye Nnorom

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 37 Ratings

Navigating professional life as a "racialized" person can be exhausting. Join Dr. O, a Public Health Physician Specialist in Toronto, as she interviews guests who are overcoming the obstacles of overt and institutionalized racism to achieve their professional goals while creating healthy and fulfilling lives. If you'd like to learn about thriving in the face of adversity while staying well, this is the podcast for you.

    S03E09 - Naki Osutei discusses succeeding as a Black woman in corporate environments, her journey after failure, and using “diplomacy” to disrupt systemic racism

    S03E09 - Naki Osutei discusses succeeding as a Black woman in corporate environments, her journey after failure, and using “diplomacy” to disrupt systemic racism

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    My guest for this episode is Naki Osutei, a Ghanian-born Canadian woman, and the Vice President of Strategy, Colleague Experience and Environmental Social Governance at the multinational bank and financial services corporation, TD Canada Trust.

    Naki has helped to develop the “TD Ready Commitment”, TD’s global citizenship platforms that assist in providing grants to community-based organizations. Additionally, she co-chairs the Black Employee Network and she is a member of the Black Executive Steering Committee at TD.

    Naki is also the founder of Next Level Presence, a boutique coaching consultancy, which produces the podcast “Presence by Naki O”. And she was appointed Executive in Residence at Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto in 2021.

    In this episode we have an open, honest and sometimes painful conversation on a range of topics including overcoming racial isolation, stereotyping, “respectability politics”, assimilation, and redefining “diplomacy”.  And through it all Naki inspires us even as she shares her pain, and she maintains her sense of humour — we shared some good laughs! 

    Naki truly has a compelling story of overcoming and “sur-thriving”, despite the challenges.

           -  Dr. O

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    (https://tinyurl.com/rhhtdnakio)

    Please support us on Patreon at http://www.Patreon.com/RaceHealthHappy

    [The “Race, Health & Happiness” podcast is produced with the support of Toronto Metropolitan University.]

    • 1 hr 10 min
    S03E08 - Karyn Pugliese discusses anti-Indigenous racism, speaking truth to power and the path to solidarity

    S03E08 - Karyn Pugliese discusses anti-Indigenous racism, speaking truth to power and the path to solidarity

    “My guest for this episode is Karyn Pugliese, who is a Canadian broadcast journalist and communication specialist of Algonquin and Italian descent. Karen is the current Executive Director of the publication “Canada's National Observer”. Previously, she was the managing editor of investigations at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), and the executive director of news and current affairs at the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN).

    She received the 2022 National Newspaper Award in the “Columns” category for three powerful pieces written after the discovery of unmarked graves on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian residential school.

    We talk about speaking truth to power, the trauma of residential schools, writing with love and Black & Indigenous solidarity.”

                                   - Dr. O


    Access our shownotes to uncover additional meaning! (https://bit.ly/3rbsmu3)

    Please support us on Patreon at http://www.Patreon.com/RaceHealthHappy

    [The “Race, Health & Happiness” podcast is produced with the support of Toronto Metropolitan University.]

    • 1 hr 10 min
    S03E07 - Encore Episode: Kikė Ojo-Thompson discusses anti-African attitudes, “Misogynoir”, and raising resilient Black children

    S03E07 - Encore Episode: Kikė Ojo-Thompson discusses anti-African attitudes, “Misogynoir”, and raising resilient Black children

    “For this episode of the RHH podcast, we are bringing you a throwback, and it’s the very popular episode from Season 2 featuring K**e Ojo-Thompson.  The reason we are doing this encore presentation is because we know that so many of you are heading back to the workplace or back into the classroom, and what she has is the ultimate advice on knowing how to succeed and understanding the game board you’re playing on, especially as a Black person.  And so we are bringing it back, this gem of an episode with my girl K**e!

    K**e's mission is to transform institutions and work cultures into more equitable spaces.  Our conversation explores the tensions and intersections of Black identity within Black communities.  Then we delve into the double discrimination faced by Black women called “Misogynoir”, and finally tips for staying healthy and raising resilient Black children.

    I love this conversation.  I hope you do too.”

        - Dr. O

    Access our shownotes to uncover additional meaning! (bit.ly/rhhs2e1)

    Please support us on Patreon at http://www.Patreon.com/RaceHealthHappy

    [The “Race, Health & Happiness” podcast is produced with the support of Toronto Metropolitan University.]

    • 57 min
    S03E06 - Jael Joseph discusses her internship with “Race, Health & Happiness”, the challenges of being a Black immigrant student, and the importance of knowing your worth

    S03E06 - Jael Joseph discusses her internship with “Race, Health & Happiness”, the challenges of being a Black immigrant student, and the importance of knowing your worth

    In this special episode of Race, Health & Happiness, we are profiling one of our star interns, Jael Joseph. And as a super special treat I’ve also got our senior producer Dr. Karl on the mic, since he plays an important role supervising and working with our students.

    So… as y’all know, our podcast team is comprised of Black and BIPOC volunteer students and paid interns. Our distinguished guest Jael was our first intern, and she did such a wonderful job that a year later she was promoted to Associate Producer!  She is so talented and a bright light on our team so we decided y’all should meet her!

    Jael is a media producer, emcee and influencer born in Dominica. Even before becoming a student at Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly known as Ryerson) she had over 10 years of experience in radio as an on-air personality and program coordinator. She is the first Black woman to be the recipient of the Faulhaber Communications Award for women aspiring to be a senior leader in communications. AND She is just wrapping up her master’s degree in Media Production.

    During our conversation we talk about Jael’s experience as an intern on RHH, the challenges she faced as a Black female immigrant student in North America, and the importance of knowing your worth and demanding that it be respected!

          -  Dr. O


     View our ShowNotes for more information -   https://bit.ly/3Bl3iXZ

    Please support us on Patreon at http://www.patreon.com/RaceHealthHappy

    [The “Race, Health & Happiness” podcast is produced with the support of United Way Greater Toronto, and the help of Toronto Metropolitan University, the school formerly known as Ryerson] 

    • 58 min
    S03E05 - Dr. O explores how we protect our communities with Nia Centre for the Arts & Roots Community Services

    S03E05 - Dr. O explores how we protect our communities with Nia Centre for the Arts & Roots Community Services

     This is the second of a two-part series.  See S03E04 for Part 1, entitled “Protecting Ourselves”

    In this episode, we will continue what we started in Episode 4, where I interviewed EDI leader Nouman Ashraf, and we focused on protective factors that can shield us from some of the harms of systemic racism. In that episode we reflected on Nouman’s own journey and how factors like self-love, cultural pride, cultural fluency were protective for him, and I talked about the importance of taking a mindful moment when you are triggered.

    This episode is about the power of the community organizations that create “protective spaces” for us. I think we don’t always realize the power and protection we get in groups - there is a reason for the saying ‘united we stand’ – it’s just harder to knock us down when we are a collective.

    As two case examples of this, I spoke to the leaders of the NIA Center for the Arts in Toronto and Roots Community Services in the Greater Toronto Area. Both of these centers provide 4 protective factors that I want to highlight: 1) they provide a sense of belonging, 2) foster a sense of joy, 3) empower their members and 4) cultivate collective self-determination. All are antidotes to the poison of systemic racism and other structural forms of discrimination.

    I’m going to guide you through the journeys of their organizations, the challenges, the programs they offer and the success stories from these protective spaces.

          -  Dr. O


    View our ShowNotes for more information -  https://bit.ly/3y3TNsN

    Please support us on Patreon at http://www.patreon.com/RaceHealthHappy

    [The “Race, Health & Happiness” podcast is produced with the support of United Way Greater Toronto, and the help of Toronto Metropolitan University, the school formerly known as Ryerson]

    • 1 hr 2 min
    S03E04 - Nouman Ashraf discusses protecting ourselves against systemic racism using cultural fluency and cultural pride, and he inspires Dr. O to create a Mindful Moment

    S03E04 - Nouman Ashraf discusses protecting ourselves against systemic racism using cultural fluency and cultural pride, and he inspires Dr. O to create a Mindful Moment

    In this episode, Dr. O speaks with Nouman Ashraf, Assistant Professor at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. As a leader in the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion space he has spent a lot of his time thinking and teaching about how leadership can be a tool to promote social equity.

    In this wide-ranging conversation, Nouman discusses what growing up in multiple parts of the world taught him about navigating multi-cultural spaces.  He explains how his understanding of diversity has been a protective factor in his life, particularly against systemic racism.  And then Dr. O digs a little deeper into how we can all curate these protective factors in our own lives.

    Dr. O was so deeply affected by this conversation that she was inspired to include a Mindful Moment in this episode, where she shares some of her own experiences as a Black woman trying to deal with the “misogynoir” that she has to face every day.

    This is the first of a two-part series. In the upcoming Episode 5, Dr. O brings on community leaders who will talk about how we protect ourselves as a community from the harms of racism.

     View our ShowNotes for more information - https://bit.ly/3PBCuaN

    Please support us on Patreon at http://www.Patreon.com/RaceHealthHappy

    [The “Race, Health & Happiness” podcast is produced with the support of United Way Greater Toronto, and the help of “University X”, the school formerly known as Ryerson] 

    • 44 min

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37 Ratings

Empowered By Abi ,

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This podcast is essential for the mental health of our BIPOC community. The Body “keeps count” of the many micro aggressions we face daily.

This podcast serves as a soothing balm, gives hope and is a vital tool to help us cope one more day.

Please take a moment to share this podcast to as many people as you know and as many platforms. People and institutions need to understand the real stories and role they play in the trauma we face.
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Amazing podcast

Amazing podcast, very educative and on a very important topic, I highly recommend listening, thank you for this amazing podcast Dr.O

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Well-rounded podcast

diverse topics & great guests! Each podcast episode is enlightening & educational!

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