For Us, by Us: A Conversation about Racism, Discrimination and Bias in Higher Education

June 15, 2021 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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A roundtable featuring current HISTP scholars, including:

  • Aimalohi Ahonkhai (bio), Assistant Professor, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Donaldson Conserve (bio), Associate Professorof Prevention and Community Health, Milken Institute School of Global Public Health, George Washington University
  • Jaih Craddock (bio), Assistant Professor, University of Maryland School of Social Work
  • Caroline Kingori (bio), Interim Associate Dean of Research and Associate Professor, Department of Social and Public Health College of Health Sciences and Professions, Ohio University
  • Peter Memiah (bio), Associate Professor, University of Maryland School of Medicine
  • E. Wairimu Mwangi (bio), Assistant Professor of Sociology, Trinity Washington University

Moderated by:

  • Omar Martinez (bio), Associate Professor of Social Work, Temple University College of Public Health
  • Elwin Wu (bio), Professor, Columbia School of Social Work

About the Event

In addition to navigating structural racism, discrimination, and bias in higher education, there are numerous and profound barriers to equity and advancing racial justice for underrepresented faculty. Scholars of the the HIV Intervention Science Training Program for Underrepresented New Investigators (HISTP) from four universities will host a roundtable discussion addressing these barriers, focusing on these questions:

  • What should BIPOC faculty look for in an institution to ensure they will be supported as BIPOC faculty rather than tokenism? Where and how can they get honest answers about the institution’s dynamics and culture?

  • How can faculty of color avoid burnout—common among BIPOC faculty due to many factors—and what policies can institutions implement to aid in this hefty task?
  • How can critical race theory scholars frame their work to effectively change systems and promote consciousness through new platforms, including social media?

The discussion will be moderated by HISTP’s co-director Dr. Elwin Wu and Dr. Omar Martinez of the Temple University School of Social Work. A Q&A session will follow. More details here.

For over a decade, the HIV Intervention Science Training Program for Underrepresented New Investigators (HISTP) has strengthened universities, diversified HIV research, and elevated scholars of color across the country. HISTP provides three years of support to new faculty building research careers as tenure-track faculty, aiming to increase the number of highly trained multidisciplinary HIV scientists from groups underrepresented among NIH Principal Investigators.  HISTP provides training, mentorship, and other research and professional development activities enabling scholars to conduct implementation research focused on the HIV continuum of care and the criminal justice system. Interested in joining the next HISTP cohort? Learn more.

About SIG

The Social Intervention Group (SIG) was co-founded by Dr. Nabila El-Bassel within the Columbia University School of Social Work 30 years ago. SIG has served as a global leader in intervention, prevention, behavioral, and implementation research on communicable and non-communicable diseases. SIG conducts research and training in the United States and globally. SIG’s evidence-based interventions have been identified as best practices by the Center for Disease Control, and have been disseminated and adapted nationally and globally.