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The ARC Educational Series

As the George Washington University (GW) School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) strives to make anti-racism an indelible part of its culture, the ARC Educational Series aims to help students, faculty, and staff better understand concepts such as anti-racism and structural racism through the following 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. 

Anti-Racism Book Club

Tuesday, September 28th, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST
Wednesday, September 29th, 5:00 PM EST
"Anti-Racism Book Club: Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson" 


The GW SMHS Anti-Racism Coalition (ARC) and Center for Faculty Excellence invite all SMHS faculty and staff to participate in a Book Club discussion series on the book Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson.  
This important book is required reading for all incoming Medical Students.  It is an immersive, deeply researched narrative and stories about real people, how America today and throughout its history has been shaped by a hidden caste system, a rigid hierarchy of human rankings. Linking the caste systems of America, India, and Nazi Germany, Wilkerson explores eight pillars that underlie caste systems across civilizations, including divine will, bloodlines, stigma, and more. She points forward to ways America can move beyond the artificial and destructive separations of human divisions toward hope in our common humanity. 
This book club will consist of 3 sessions, one each month, September through November, held virtually via Zoom. Participants are encouraged to attend all three sessions but are welcome to attend as available. 

Upcoming Educational Series Events

Wednesday, October 6, 2021, 10 AM EST
Critical Race Theory Workshop
Hosted by GW Graduate School of Education and Human Development, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiatives 

More information about speakers, session topics, and event schedule is coming soon. 

Thursday, November 11, 2021, 10:30 AM - 12 PM EST
Psychiatry Grand Rounds 
"Our Trees Still Bear Strange Fruit: Modern-Day Lynchings in the American Landscape." 
Facilitated by Attorney Jill Collen Jefferson

More information about event location coming soon. 

To view previous Educational Series events, press the Past Sessions tab.