Teakisi is delighted to be collaborating with Newcastle University’s School of Medicine to bring you this Black History Month session. The school provides excellent undergraduate and postgraduate training. Medicine has been taught in Newcastle since 1834 and its regional medical school spans the North East of England and Cumbria. As the largest school in the Faculty of Medical Sciences, the school is responsible for the delivery of the Undergraduate Medical (MBBS),  Postgraduate Medical Education (Certificate, Diploma and Masters) and Physician Associate programmes. This work contributes significantly to the reputation of Newcastle University for Teaching Excellence.

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This event we will explore the adversity people from Black backgrounds face in education – particularly within black women. The panel will share their lived experiences and narratives of adversities faced to get where they are now. The session will look at specific aspects of culture such as patriarchy and how this can alter the steps and change the views of how black women are perceived in society and themselves. There will also be opportunity to discuss how mentorship programmes can support those from minoritised communities, the impact of inequalities and how educational institutions can widen the participation of the community and much more.

An inspiring introduction and overall facilitation of the session will be done by…

  • Dr. Daniel Jefferson, GP Lecturer currently teaching the A100 and A101 programmes. Dr. Jefferson has worked as a doctor with NEAS during the COVID-19 crisis and currently at VOCARE and the RVI Emergency Department. His interests lie in Mental Health (as a generalist) with training in CBT and having studied health inequalities since 1995, he feels particularly strongly about how unjust they are and how they limit people so unfairly.


Panel members are:

  • Clare Ogah is a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD Northumbria University)and a self taught digital Artist specialising in Afrocentric art, beskpoke jewellery & Cultural story teller. 


  • Sally Hamilton works at Newcastle city council, as a community safety development officer. She specialises in community engagement around prevent, and violence against women and girls. She is passionate about addressing social justice through policy/system reform and is able to have impact through her everyday job, aswell as through her activism/campaigning.


  • Salha Kaitesi (BA Hons, MA University of Newcastle) is a social entrepreneur, gender equality, empowerment champion and a self-taught blogger with multiple skills. Her passion for empowering and promoting African girls and women, their voices, equality and diversity, she considers herself a ‘forever student’. Salha is also the Founder, Artistic Director & Executive Director of Teakisi.

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This event will have presentations and Q&A and is now open to everyone. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

Event Details

Date: 9th November 2022

Start: 1:00PM

End: 3:30PM


David Shaw Lecture Theatre, Newcastle University Medical School, Framlington Place Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 4HH

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