Birgit Umaigba is an award-winning Registered Nurse and health equity activist who is committed to creating an anti-racist healthcare system. Her advocacy work has blazed a trail of positive change and she is a sought-after consultant and speaker on healthcare, leadership, mental health, DEI and anti-racism, and anti-oppressive pedagogy. With a remarkable career spanning diverse domains, Umaigba brings a unique lens to every conversation as she inspires audiences to ignite change, challenge norms, and build a future based on fairness and equity.
Umaigba has extensive experience in Emergency Room and Critical Care nursing and teaches across a broad range of clinical/academic settings. She is currently a clinical instructor at Centennial College and works extensively with Internationally Educated Health Care Nurses (IENs).
As a fierce advocate for social justice and equitable employment, Umaigba’s recent advocacy and scholarship have focused on anti-racist healthcare and education as well as increased representation of Black, Indigenous, and Racialized peoples in leadership positions. She has published numerous scholarly articles and opinion pieces on these and related subjects in both national and international media outlets, including the Toronto Star, Chatelaine, Al-Jazeera, and Forbes. Umaigba has also appeared on TVO, CTV, CP24, Global news, CBC, and NewsX India.
In recognition of her tireless advocacy, Umaigba has been the recipient of several awards, including the 2022 Doris Anderson Award; the Women of Dignity International Award for diversity, equality, and inclusion; and the Inclusion Recognition Award. She was also a guest speaker at the 2022 Martin Luther King Global Summit.