Black History Month 2023

Our office is excited about the programs we are offering and other opportunities all around us to help each of us learn and celebrate Black History Month! 

Please register for events you plan to attend! Click the links below for additional details and registration.

Featured Speaker: “Critical Race Theory from the Perspective of an Original Participant,” a conversation with Prof. Kevin Brown

Feb 10th | 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Connor Auditorium or Webinar – RSVP required

We are thrilled to host Kevin Brown, the Richard S. Melvin Professor of Law at Indiana University Maurer School of Law and the Mitchell Willoughby Professor of Law at University of South Carolina School of Law, as a keynote speaker during Black History Month. Prof. Kevin Brown was one of the original scholars who met in Madison, Wisconsin in 1989 to develop Critical Race Theory. 
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Perspectives: NCFDD Webinar “Academic Life: What’s Mindfulness + Compassion Got to Do with It?” Discussion

Feb 16th discussion from 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. (watch webinar from 8 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.) | Zoom Meeting – RSVP required

Perspectives seeks to provide space for participants to share experiences and build muscles for listening, understanding, empathy and dialogue across viewpoints. For this perspectives session, we will be underpinning our discussion with a webinar from the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD). The talk focuses on how mindfulness and compassion offer tools for academics to pause and reassess, or how to center our minds and bodies as we navigate our lives. 
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Perspectives: Let’s Talk about CRT, Black History and Black Resistance!

Friday, February 17th | 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | Zoom Meeting – RSVP required

In January we hosted a panel on “The Truth about Critical Race Theory (CRT)”, and on February 10 we are hosting an event with one of the original scholars to develop CRT, Dr. Kevin Brown. This Perspectives session will provide space to talk about all of the great information presented at those events!  As we honor Black History Month, and the National theme for 2023, Black Resistance, we will learn more about the Black scholars who developed CRT and their continued influence in the work for racial justice.
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Becker Medical Library Exhibit:
In Their Own Words: Stories of Desegregation at Washington University Medical Center

February 23 – June 9 | Bernard Becker Medical Library – Glaser Gallery

Drawing on oral histories, photographs, architectural plans and other documents, the library’s first exhibit of 2023, “In their own words: Stories of desegregation at Washington University Medical Center,” will feature stories from doctors, nurses, students and administrators who experienced segregation and advocated for change.

  • Exhibit opening and lecture: “When Disparities Remain: The Enduring Legacy of Segregated Medicine”
    Thursday, 2/23 | 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. | Hybrid Event / Conner Auditorium, FLTC
    Bernard Becker Medical Library’s 84th Historia Medica lecture will feature Ezelle Sanford III, PhD, an Assistant Professor at Carnegie Mellon University where he teaches courses in the history of American medicine and public health as well as African American history. Dr. Sanford is currently working on a book manuscript titled, “Segregated Medicine: How Racial Politics Shaped American Healthcare,” which is under contract with Columbia University Press.
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  • Reflection and Healing Circle to discuss “In Their Own Words: Stories of Desegregation at Washington University Medical Center”
    Tuesday, 2/28 | 3:30p – 4:30p | Zoom event – RSVP required

    In collaboration with the Bernard Becker Library, the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will host a series of reflection and healing circles to provide an intentional space to discuss the “In Their Own Words: Stories of Desegregation at Washington University Medical Center.” Using a restorative justice framework these sessions will guide participants through sharing around the content of the exhibit including grappling with the realities we learn about and how it informs our work moving forward, together. Please remember to visit the exhibit prior to attending a circle!
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    Additional circle dates will be added soon, some in-person sessions will be available.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all Washington University School of Medicine sponsored events.  If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this event, at least one week before the event, please contact the Washington University School of Medicine Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in advance at 314-273-2809 or