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The ARC Educational Series

ARC Educational Series Goals:
  • To increase learning on issues related to race, racism, and anti-racism.
  • To facilitate growth in the personal anti-racist domain.
  • To promote a culture where race and other intersecting identities are understood, valued, and have equitable standing. 
Thursday, January 28th, 12 PM - 1:30 PM  
5th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture
Developing a Dangerous Unselfishness
Founder, The T STL 

As a trauma surgeon at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and associate professor at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, Dr. LJ Punch's work came to life in various undergraduate and graduate medical education courses focused on the experience of violence-related injury across the entire spectrum of illness and healing. Through community engagement in St. Louis, Dr. Punch carries this mission forward each day, bridging the gap between the resources inside healthcare and the voices of the people. This includes a campaign to bring the national “Stop the Bleed” campaign to members of the St. Louis community at risk for violence and serious injury and the creation of “The T”, an anti-violence community center that focuses on harm reduction as primary prevention of urban public health concerns including bullet injuries, substance use disorder and COVID-19. This lecture will provide the audience a thought-provoking talk on bullet-related injuries while re-imagining and advancing Dr. King's "I Have A Dream" speech to embrace the challenge of eliminating health disparities and transforming health care to enrich and improve the lives of those we serve.

(Target Population: All learners; Open to the entire GW community and the public)

Wednesday, February 17th, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM EST
Bystander Training
Moving Beyond Disrupting Racism
Lanre O. Falusi, MD, FAA, Medical Director of Advocacy Education, Child Health Advocacy Institute; Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Children's National Hospital
Maranda C. Ward, EdD, MPH, Assistant Professor,Clinical Research and Leadership; SMHS Emerging Scholars Fellow, Antiracism and Health Equity

Session Objectives:

  • Identify how positions of power and privilege operate in taken for granted ways* (based on Dr. Beverly Tatum's work on "The Complexity of Identity").
  • List characteristics and challenges of being a bystander and disruptor in the face of racism.
  • Defend how racism is disrupted through anti-racist practice as a form of racial justice.

(Target Population: All learners)

Thursday, February 25th, 7:00PM
Movie Screening
Black Men in White Coats
Less black men applied to medical school in 2014 than in 1978 and black men have the lowest life expectancy in the United States. With only 2% of American doctors being black men, this comes as no surprise.  This documentary dissects the systemic barriers preventing black men from becoming medical doctors and the consequences on society at large. 
**Please pre-screen the movie and come prepared to discuss. The movie will be available for pre-screening starting Monday, February 22 through Thursday, February25th. Please revisit this site for access information.**
(Target Population: All Learners)
Wednesday, March 3rd, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST
Envisioning Equity: A CALL TO ACTION!
Mandi Chapman, MA, PhD, Hon-OPN-CG
Associate Center Director, GW Cancer Center
(Target Population: All Learners; Learners interested in moving from theory to practice)



Past Sessions

Tuesday, September 1st, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST
Understanding the Connection between Race and Social Determinants of Health
Cara Lichtenstein, MD, MPH
(Target population: Introductory Learners; All Learners)
Tuesday, September 15th, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST
Medicine, Public Health, and Anti-Racism Activism: The Life and Career of Dr. Virginia M. Alexander (1899-1949)
Vanessa Northington Gamble, MD, PhD
(Target population: All Learners)
Tuesday, September 15th, 6:00 PM EST
Lecture Series
**University-Sponsored event by the GW Office of Diversity Equity and Community Engagement (ODECE)--a part of the GW Race in America Lecture Series
(Target population: All Learners)
Wednesday, October 7th, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM EST
Faculty Development Workshop
“How to Talk About Race, Power, and Privilege in Classroom and Clinical Settings”
This interactive session will discuss how to create a safe and inclusive learning environment for vulnerable conversations while sharing strategies and tools for facilitating discussions about bias, including race/class/sexuality in case studies, and teaching beyond the “hidden” curriculum.
Susan LeLacheur, DrPH, MPH, PA-C, BS
Howard Straker, EdD, MPH, PA-C
(Target population: Teaching, Research and Clinical Faculty)
Thursday, October 29th, 1:00 PM -5:00 PM EST
Mullan Health Workforce Equity Summit
“Structural Racism and Health Professions Education”
The disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Black and Latinx communities illustrates the significance that structural factors, including those within health systems, have on health outcomes. A health workforce more representative of the U.S. population can help to reduce health disparities by increasing access to care and improving outcomes. Training and working alongside a diverse workforce improves the cultural competence of all providers and prepares them to respond to the needs of the entire population. The overall goal of this Summit is to identify barriers to increasing diversity in health professions and actions to address those barriers. 
(Target population: All Learners)
Wednesday, November 11th, 12:00 PM-1:00 PM EST
Implicit Bias Training
"It’s Not You, It’s Me": Preventing Bias in Personal, Professional, and Patient-Related Interactions
There is overwhelming evidence that conscious and unconscious bias impacts academic medical teaching environments at multiple levels.  This engaging audiovisual session will focus on exploring implicit and explicit bias while offering practical recommendations to mitigate their impacts in personal and professional interactions.
Session Objectives
  • Define culture, cultural competency/humility, structural competency, and critical consciousness and discuss how these are relevant within academic medicine environments.
  • Review the relationships between cultural attitudes, bias, and stereotypes while examining how these impact personal and professional encounters.
  • Recognize how bias could potentially contribute to health disparities and develop personal strategies to achieve cultural humility in human interactions while improving the perceived quality of care.
  • Explore tools to perform self-reflection and ultimately combat bias.
Facilitator: Kenyon Railey, MD
Assistant Chief Diversity Officer, School of Medicine Office of Diversity & Inclusion, Duke University
Medical Director, Physician Assistant Program, Duke University
(Target population: **Meets the faculty annual report goal for Implicit Bias Training**; All Learners)
Monday, December 7th, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST
LGBTQ Health and Policy in the Biden Administration
GW Out for Health, Student Organization
LGBTQ health and policy came under increased scrutiny during the Obama and Trump administrations. Both enacted important policies that changed much about LGBTQ health. In the context of the 2020 election and President-Elect Biden’s transition, this panel will discuss how LGBTQ health and policy at the national level may change over the next few years and beyond. We will also discuss advocacy efforts that are being made on behalf of LGBTQ patients. Click here for panelist bios. To submit questions click here
GW Out for Health, Student Organization
(Target population: All Learners)

See events for additional information

Anti-Racism Coalition Resources:

Association of American Medical Colleges 
Association of American Medical Colleges 
National Museum of African American History & Culture
Lena Tenney, MPA, MEd.
Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators
Mandi Pratt-Chapman, PhD
Associate Center Director, Patient-Centered Initiatives & Health Equity, GW
Cancer Center
American Psychiatric Association
This learning module prepares contemporary psychiatrists to practice with an anti-racism framework in the care of all patients, and especially African Americans.
Live Google Document 
American Academy of Pediatrics, Section on Hospital Medicine