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Two events scheduled for Black History Month at UMass Chan

Harriet Washington, author of Medical Apartheid, speaks Feb. 9; Deborah Hall, founder of Worcester Black History Project, speaks Feb. 16

By Janjay Innis

UMass Chan Medical School Communications

February 08, 2022

The UMass Chan Medical School Diversity and Inclusion Office has invited two dynamic women to accompany the Medical School in centering Black lives as part of its commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion during and beyond Black History Month.

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Medical writer and editor Harriet Washington (left) and Worcester Black History Project founder Deborah Hall will lead events at UMass Chan during February, Black History Month.

On Wednesday, Feb. 9, medical ethicist, award-winning medical writer and editor Harriet Washington will give two virtual talks on her book Medical Apartheid. In her book, Washington deconstructs the politics of medicine and, with real stories, unveils scientific racism that has caused mistrust between many African Americans and the medical community. Washington calls for change in the way medicine is studied and practiced.

Washington’s talks will culminate UMass Chan’s two-month Diversity Campus Read, which has brought the Medical School community together to process the ways it has seen these issues play out in the community and articulate ways to dismantle them. Students and residents are invited to an 11 a.m. event on Feb. 9 with Washington; click here to register. The campus community is invited to a noon event that day with her; click here to register.

On Feb. 16 at noon, Deborah Hall, founder of the Worcester Black History Project, will present, recognize and celebrate the experiences of Black people in Worcester and the surrounding area at UMass Chan’s Centering the Margins virtual dialogue series. The Worcester Black History Project encourages the preservation and sharing of history through scholarly educational outreach and programming. Click here to register for the event.

Celebrated every February, Black History Month uplifts the stories, both past and present, of African Americans and the Black diaspora in the United States. Black History Month is both a celebration and a time to reflect on the steps we must take to ensure equal opportunity is available to the Black community.

The Association for the Study of African American Life and History declared Black health and wellness as this year’s Black History Month theme to highlight the multiple facets of Black health and wellness through education and activism.

UMass Chan continues to make recruitment and retention of Black students, faculty and staff a priority under the leadership of Marlina Duncan, EdD, vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion.

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