Free and open to the public, this virtual event features Georgetown University history and African American studies professor Marcia Chatelain, Ph.D. Chatelain will discuss her 2020 book Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America, which explores the rapid expansion of fast-food restaurants in Black neighborhoods following the civil rights movement.
Lift Every Voice: Health Care, Science and Research
Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021, noon - 1 p.m.
VCU Alumni presents Lift Every Voice, a four-week panel series featuring Black alumni across multiple industries. The kickoff event features four VCU alumni in the fields of health care, science and research, who will share their successes and the roles their identities have played in navigating their careers.
Unlocking Health Equity: Racial and Socio-Economic Disparities and COVID-19
Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021, noon - 12:45 p.m.
Join the Office of Student Experience as guest speaker Sheryl Garland, VCUH Chief of Health Impact, explores the racial disparities of COVID-19 and discusses the economic, social and health inequities that have led to or perpetuate the disparity.
Part of the series Misperceptions of Black Women, this discussion seeks to understand the history, myths and consequences of being the “Angry Black Woman,” as well as the lived experiences of those impacted by the misperception.
Reversing Barriers: Working Toward Sustainable Institutional Transformation
Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021, 12 p.m.
Menah Pratt-Clarke, vice president for strategic affairs and vice provost for inclusion and diversity at Virginia Tech, will deliver a presentation on institutional transformation related to diversity, equity and inclusion.
Strike a pose! This virtual event includes an introduction to the history and culture of voguing, the modern dance style created by Black and Latinx LGBTQ+ youth in the 1980s, followed by a dance lesson.
Unlocking Health Equity: Clinical Work with Patients of Color Amidst National Race-Related Events
Tuesday Feb. 16, 2021, noon - 12:45 p.m.
Hosted by the Office of Student Experience, this virtual event features Paul Perrin, Ph.D., an associate professor of psychology in the VCU College of Humanities and Sciences. Perrin will discuss how national events influence patients of color and their perceptions of clinical care.
VCU Center on Health Disparities: Our Science Stories
Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
VCU’s Initiative for Maximizing Student Development Scholars Program hosts a monthly series featuring diverse alumni and their experiences as underrepresented minorities in the biomedical sciences. This month we’ll hear from alumna and neuroscientist Salma Omer, Ph.D.
This event features the voices of house mothers, fathers and elders within the queer and transgender communities. It will highlight journeys of empowerment, mentorship, service and the shaping of Black queer and trans youth.
Presumed Criminal: Black Youth and the Justice System in Postwar New York
Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, 12 p.m.
Carl Suddler, Ph.D., an assistant professor of history at Emory University will join VCU Department of History’s Michael Dickinson, Ph.D., to discuss Dr. Suddler’s research, which examines the intersections of youth, race and crime in the U.S.
Local dancers join performing arts coordinator at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Robert Phanord for a discussion about the rise and importance of freestyle dancing before performing a freestyle dance battle.
Unlocking Health Equity: Are Cultural Images Fueling Our Bias
Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, noon – 12:45 p.m.
Hosted by the Office of Student Experience, this virtual event centers around the ways people use images and how images use people and change their perception. Grace Gipson, Ph.D., an assistant professor in VCU’s Department of African American Studies, will lead the discussion.
Lunch and Learn: Misperceptions of Black Women in Politics
Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, 12 - 1 p.m.
During this installment of the Misperceptions of Black Women series, Mary Ann Whipple-Lue, the first Black mayor of Gordon, GA, will share her experience working in politics as a Black woman in Georgia’s recent, tumultuous climate. The discussion will also examine the role of Black women in current U.S. politics.
Local journalist and author Chip Jones will discuss his new book, “The Organ Thieves: The Shocking Story of the First Heart Transplant in the Segregated South,” and his extensive examination of the life and death of Bruce Tucker, the black man whose heart was used in Virginia’s first heart transplant operation without his consent.
Race, Place and Chronic Disease: Addressing the Roots of Health Inequities
Thursday Feb. 25, 2021, 2 p.m.
VCU College of Humanities and Sciences presents a virtual event on health inequities featuring Brian Smedley, Ph.D., acting chief diversity officer at the American Psychological Association. The event will also honor Audrey Smith, Ph.D., Brian Smedley's mother, former VCU faculty member and pioneering African American anthropologist who died last fall.