Keisha Jefferies is a Toronto-based African Nova Scotian woman, born and raised in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia. She is a mother, registered nurse and recently completed her PhD in nursing through Dalhousie University. Her doctoral research, which was funded by programs such as the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship, Killam Trust, Research Nova Scotia, Johnson Scholarship Foundation, BRIC NS and Dalhousie, examined the leadership experiences of African Nova Scotian nurses in healthcare. Her scholarly and advocacy work focus on addressing anti-Black racism in nursing, equitable admissions in post-secondary institutions, as well as health and wellbeing for Black communities. Keisha has clinical and health policy experience in the areas of neonatal intensive care and breastfeeding.