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photo of Obidimma Ezezika, an assistant professor, teaching stream, at the University of Toronto Scarborough

Obidimma Ezezika wins first Global Educator Award

March 6, 2020

Obidimma Ezezika, an assistant professor, teaching stream, at the University of Toronto Scarborough, has received the University of Toronto Global Educator Award.

The award recognizes faculty members who embody U of T’s global mission and whose approach to teaching demonstrates intercultural or global fluency – the ability to successfully operate and communicate within different cultural contexts.

“I am deeply humbled and honored to be receiving this inaugural award,” said Ezezika, who teaches at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Health & Society at U of T Scarborough and is cross-appointed at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. “Intercultural fluency is a critical 21st century skill and I’m grateful to the many students at the university who continue to inspire me to create the conditions for a global learning environment in every course I teach.”

Professor Joe Wong, vice-provost and associate vice-president, international student experience, is chair of the U of T Global Educator Award. He said the committee was impressed with Ezezika's commitment to creating “a truly global learning environment” for his students.

“His approach to teaching and learning reflects a diversity of perspectives and invites engagement from all students,” Wong said. “Professor Ezezika is committed to creating a truly inclusive learning experience, reflecting U of T’s global diversity among our students, staff and faculty, as well as in the city of Toronto.”

Ezezika receives an award of $3,000 and will be honoured at the Excellence in Teaching reception this fall.