Diversity and Inclusion

Seminar Series and First Person

We aspire to create a culture of inclusion where all members of our community feel valued and respected. To that end we aim to create safe spaces for conversations that highlight diversity and inclusion issues in our research, teaching, and practice. The Diversity and Inclusion Seminar Series is part of this effort.

Past Diversity and Inclusion Seminars

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 | 4:30–6 p.m. | Keefer Auditorium
‘Is There a Doctor on Board?’ Racial Profiling and Health
Fatima Cody Stanford, Obesity Medicine Physician Scientist, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 | 4:30–6 p.m. | Bakst Auditorium
Black Reparations: The ARC of Justice
The topic of reparations has been much in the national conversation recently as the country grapples with its original sin and centuries of inequity. There are many differing opinions around this controversial topic, and this seminar aims to explore those perspectives.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019 | 4:30–6 p.m. | Hiebert Lounge
The Desire to Heal: A Doctor’s Education in Empathy, Identity, and Poetry
Rafael Campo, Poet and Physician, Harvard Medical School.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 | 1–2:30 p.m. | Bakst Auditorium
Red in a Sea of Blue: A Public Health Perspective
Hannah Kane, State Representative, Massachusetts House of Representatives; Bob Flaherty, CEO (Retired), Gene Testing Company/President (Retired), Medical Device Company/Dean’s Advisory Board Member; Nicole Huberfeld, Professor of Health Law, Ethics & Human Rights, Boston University School of Public Health.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 | 4:30–6 p.m. | Hiebert Lounge
Remove, Rename, or Replace: Monuments to Past “Heroes” in a Changing Society
Raul Fernandez, Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, Boston University Wheelock College of Education & Human Development and Adrian Walker, Columnist, the Boston Globe. Cohosted with Boston University Wheelock College of Education & Human Development.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 | 4:30–6 p.m. | Hiebert Lounge


Evicted: Poverty, Housing Insecurity, and the Changing Urban Landscape
Sheila Dillon, City of Boston; JoHanna Flacks, Medical Legal Partnership | Boston; Byron Rushing, Massachusetts State Representative; and others.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 | 4:30–6 p.m. | Bakst Auditorium
Impostor Syndrome: Why Capable People Suffer and How to Thrive in Spite of It
Valerie Young, Author and Speaker

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Disagreeing on Difficult Issues: White Privilege
Renée Graham, Associate Editor and Columnist, The Boston Globe

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Disagreeing on Difficult Issues: Sexual Harassment
Kenneth Elmore, Associate Provost and Dean of Students, Boston University and Caryl Rivers, Professor, Journalism, Boston University College of Communication

SPH ReadsTuesday, October 17, 2017 | 4:30 to 6 p.m. | Hiebert Lounge


All Souls: A Family Story from Southie
Michael Patrick MacDonald

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
A Conversation with the Family of Henrietta Lacks

Documentary Screening of The Abominable CrimeWednesday, January 25, 2017 | 6–8 p.m. | Crosstown 305


Documentary Screening of The Abominable Crime
This event is co-sponsored by the Sex, Sexuality, and Gender Certificate.

homepage-DISS3-DisparityWednesday, October 5, 2016 | 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. | 670 Albany Street, Auditorium
Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health and Health Care: Historical and Contemporary Issues
W. Michael Byrd, Director, Institute for Optimizing Health and Health Care Inc.; Health Policy Researcher; Linda A. Clayton, Co-Director, Institute for Optimizing Health and Health Care Inc.

homepage-DISS-First-Person-1Friday, September 30, 2016 | 2–4 p.m. | L110


First Person with Reverend Gilbert Caldwell, STH ’58
Dr. Caldwell is the producer and subject of the film, From Selma to Stonewall which explores the relationship between the Civil Rights and LGBTQ movements.

homepage-DISS2-ThinkingFastTuesday, September 20, 2016 | noon–1 p.m. | Hiebert Lounge
Thinking Fast Makes Changing Slow: Human Thought Processes Interfere with Achieving Diversity
Lydia Villa-Komaroff, Board Member, Cytonome/ST, LLC; Board Member, American Type Culture Collection (ATCC); Board Member, Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC)
homepage-DISS-DetroitFriday, April 22, 2016 | 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. | L112
People, Policy, and Public Health: Reflections from Detroit
Abdul El-Sayed, Executive Director & Health Officer, Detroit Health Department, City of Detroit