Disagreeing on Difficult Issues: White Privilege
Friday, June 15, 2018
12:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m. (doors open at noon)
72 East Concord Street
In divisive times, it is more important than ever to provide spaces where complex and competing ideas can be discussed in the context of civility and respect. We believe that having such conversations is possible if we can affirm the dignity of all participants and accommodate the possibility of conflict. This discussion series, “Disagreeing on Difficult Issues,” is meant to help create space for these discussions on our campus.
Partners include Emelia Benjamin, associate provost of faculty development and diversity for the Medical Campus, and Rafael Ortega, associate dean for diversity and inclusion at the School of Medicine.
Renée Graham, Associate Editor and Columnist, Boston Globe
Renée Graham is a columnist for the Globe’s op-ed page. She started as a general assignment reporter, and then moved to features and arts covering music, film, and television as a writer and critic. She also wrote a weekly pop culture column.
Sophie Godley, Clinical Assistant Professor, Community Health Sciences, Boston University School of Public Health
Sophie Godley joined the Boston University School of Public Health faculty as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Public Health in July of 2010. She previously was an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Community Health Sciences, where she taught courses on adolescent health and sexual health. Sophie has been working in the field of public health since 1993, and her areas of expertise include implementing science-based prevention programs and incorporating popular media into public health education. Sophie served as the deputy director of the AIDS Action Committee in Massachusetts for six years, overseeing prevention and education programs, while also offering practicum opportunities to BUSPH students. Sophie has also worked with ROCA, Inc. in Chelsea, MA, a performance-driven anti-poverty and anti-violence agency. At ROCA Sophie worked on a process evaluation of a project focused on high-risk young mothers. In 2010, she received BUSPH’s Gail Douglas Award for Public Health Practice, presented annually to a practitioner who has made an outstanding contribution to public health in the areas of education, research, and service. In 2011 Sophie received the Associations of the School of Public Health/Pfizer Early Career in Public Health Teaching Award. In 2013 Sophie won the BUSPH annual Education Innovation Award. In May of 2017 Sophie received one of the University’s highest awards in teaching, the Metcalf Award. Prior to her work at the AIDS Action Committee, she was director of the Office of Adolescent Health and Youth Development at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health from 1999 to 2004. She received her B.A. from Smith College, her Master’s degree in public health from the University of Washington, and her doctorate in public health from Boston University in 2017. Currently Sophie teaches Introduction to Public Health for undergraduates, and courses in the Maternal and Child Health concentration, including Safer Sex in the City From Science to Policy, and Women Children and Adolescents Public Health Approaches. Sophie also teaches in the MPH core, Individual, Community and Population Health. Sophie serves as Director of Undergraduate Education in the School of Public Health, advising students enrolled in the public health minor and the innovative 4+1 program, BUSPH’s combined BA/MPH and BS/MPH. Sophie’s current work in the community focuses on supporting healthy sexuality in communities and schools, and supporting families and parents of adolescents.