BIPSA began when Chika Oriuwa (MD/MSc student) and Josh Lokko (JD/MBA student), met at a Black Student's Association event in the first year of their respective programs. They realized that there was no existing group at U of T which catered to Black professional students like themselves, and the idea to create BIPSA emerged. Once BIPSA was established at U of T, Chika & Josh realized that the same problem exists across Canada, and are now working to expand the BIPSA network to other schools.
BIPSA is open to anybody! Our focus is on providing community, professional development, and support for Black professional and graduate students, and we welcome anybody who is interested in supporting those goals.
BIPSA's ultimate goal is to increase the representation of Black professionals at the highest ranks in their fields. To this end, we aim to provide Black professional students with a support structure that will help them to excel in their programs and build a strong foundation for their future careers. We also work to increase the number of Black students who enroll in professional and graduate studies by facilitating mentorship and guidance for Black undergraduate students. Finally, BIPSA provides a touchpoint where professional faculties, employers, and students can safely voice their opinions and interact with one another.
Thanks for you interest - we'd love to get you involved! Please fill out the contact form to the right and we will get back to you with more details.