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MLK50: Where do we go From Here? - Renewing a Spirit of Empowerment

During the month of February, the Office of Equity and Diversity along with Special Events and Community Affairs will sponsor events to commemorate Black History Month. As 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., UTHSC’s commemoration will celebrate Dr. King’s life and legacy. All University community members are invited to participate in each event. Register for all of these events online.

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Dr. Altha Stewart

Feb. 2: MLK50: Renewing a Spirit of Empowerment

Please join us for a special event to kick off UTHSC’s commemoration of Black History Month. This event will feature Dr. Altha Stewart, associate professor of psychiatry and director of the Center for Health in Justice Involved Youth at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. She is president-elect of the American Psychiatric Association (APA), becoming the first African American to lead the organization.  Dr. Stewart is a nationally recognized expert in public sector and minority issues in mental health care, and in the effects of trauma and violence on children.

  • Lunch will be provided. You must register to attend.
  • SAC 305 at 11 AM

Feb. 6: A Taste of Soul

UTHSC is engaging the University community through a cultural  event where participants will be able to explore the historical  roots of soul food and taste a variety of staple dishes. You must present your UTHSC ID.

  • OD Larry Dining Hall at 11 AM

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WPG physicians from left, Deidrea Grandberry, MD, Melvinie Seymore, MD, Lanetta Anderson, MD, Belvia Carter, MD, and Dionne Rouselle, MD

Feb. 16: Bridging Barriers

UTHSC is proud to present a panel discussion featuring physicians from the Women’s Physician Group (WPG). WPG is an all-female African American practice group in Memphis and a premier provider of women’s healthcare in the mid-south.

These physicians will be joined on the panel by special guests Dr. Kimberly Williams Collins, counseling psychologist with University Health Services, and Karen Todd, local Memphis empowerment coach.

Dr. Williams Collins has extensive experience in counseling and crisis support and intervention. Karen Todd fusses her gift of humor with world class coaching techniques, empowering individuals to SEE more, DO more and BE more.

  • Lunch will be provided. You must register to attend.
  • SAC 305 at 11 AM

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Dr. Kimberly Williams Collins

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Karen Todd

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Dr. Will Ross

Feb. 23: Looking to the Future: Healing a Community

This special lecture featuring Dr. Will Ross, professor of medicine and associate dean for diversity at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, is a culminating event for UTHSC’s commemoration of Black History Month. Dr. Ross has spent many years teaching medical students at Washington University about social and economic barriers to health care through a variety of initiatives, including the Saturday Neighborhood Health Clinic for uninsured patients. Additionally, he has been instrumental in establishing health care programs outside of the United States in countries such as Ethiopia and South Africa.

  • Lunch will be provided. You must register to attend.
  • SAC Dining Hall at 11 AM

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Dr. Marie Chisholm-Burns

Feb. 23: Black Student Association Banquet

sba logoThe Black Student Association (BSA) is an interdisciplinary organization founded in 1992 by African American students at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. The BSA Banquet is held during the month of February each year and is a celebration of BSA members' accomplishments throughout the school year. Dr. Marie Chisholm-Burns, Dean of the College of Pharmacy at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center is the keynote speaker.

Please contact Elise Moore in Special Events & Community Affairs at 901-448-5618 for more information or to purchase a table.

  • SAC Dining Hall at 6 PM

Last Published: Jan 25, 2018