Across the Rainbow: Moving from Disparities to Equity in LGBTQ+ Health

Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

The Health Equity Series hosted by VCU’s C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research will continue with a community conversation on LGBTQ+ health care and research. The discussion will include advances, gaps and shared resources in the LGBTQ+ community and the efforts that are being established to close the gaps. The event will be open to all. Speakers will include Karen Legato, executive director of Health Brigade; Bill Harrison, president and executive director of Diversity Richmond; and Zakia McKensey, executive director of Nationz Foundation. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Lauren Harris at or visit

‘Health Care Workforce Diversity: Does It Matter?’

Tuesday, Apr. 20, 2021 from noon to 1 p.m.

Anushree Vichare, MBBS, MPH, Ph.D., assistant professor, Department of Health Policy and Management, The Fitzhugh Mullan Institute for Health Workforce Equity, Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University, will discuss health care workforce diversity as part of VCU’s Department of Health Behavior and Policy Research Seminar Series. Questions: Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Mary Johnson at or (804) 628-3443 or visit

‘VCU Center on Health Disparities: Our Science Stories’

Wednesday, Apr. 7, 2021 from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

VCU’s Center on Health Disparities will host Joseph Engada, a VCU Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program alumnus, as part of its spring speaker series. The series includes a selection of alumni from the VCU Center on Health Disparities Research Training Programs discussing their experiences and career paths as under-represented minorities in the biomedical sciences. Questions: Click on the Zoom link at the following URL. For more information, contact Ettora Burrell at or (804) 828-6890 or visit

‘Health Care Equity and Social Justice Across the Globe’

Friday, Mar. 26, 2021 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The aim of the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program Symposium is to explore the current state of health disparities through a domestic and international lens. The virtual public health event, hosted by J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, VCU and Emory University, will feature a keynote address and a series of presentations on the work being done to achieve equity in health care. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Heather Ashton at or visit

Unlocking Health Equity: Housing Policies and Impacts on Segregation

Tuesday, Mar. 23, 2021 from noon to 12:45 p.m.

Join the Office of Student Experience as guest speaker Mariah Williams of Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia, Inc. will explore the federal and state policies that can impact minority populations. This session is designed with health sciences students in mind. RSVP at the following URL. For more information, contact Office of Student Experience at or visit

Clinical Research Work With Patients of Color Amidst National Race-Related Events

Tuesday, Mar. 9, 2021 from noon to 1 p.m.

Paul Perrin, Ph.D., VCU associate professor and director Health Psychology, will discuss his research into social justice in disability and health at a meeting of the Central Virginia Chapter of the Society of Clinical Research Associates. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Shirley Helm at or visit

Changing the Face of Science

Wednesday, Mar. 10, 2021 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Aderonke A Akinkugbe, B.D.S., M.P.H., Ph.D., assistant professor, Dental Public Health and Policy, VCU School of Dentistry, will give an address as part of the speaker series hosted by VCU’s Office of the Senior Vice President for Health Sciences and the VCU Center on Health Disparities. This series is designed to provide an inclusive and interactive platform for scholarly exploration. Questions: Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Khiana Meade at or (804) 827-0719 or visit

‘Race, Place and Chronic Disease: Addressing the Roots of Health Inequities’

Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The College of Humanities and Sciences will host a Zoom webinar featuring Brian D. Smedley, Ph.D., co-founder and recent executive director of the National Collaborative for Health Equity. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Tyler Conrad at or visit

Roundtable Discussion on the Hesitancy in the Latinx Community Regarding the COVID-19 Vaccine

Monday, Feb. 22, 2021 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Collective Corazón will host a student-led roundtable discussion on Zoom concerning the hesitancy in the Latinx Community regarding the COVID-19 vaccine. All students are welcome to participate. Click on the following URL for the Zoom link. For more information, contact Ashley Victor at or visit

VCU Libraries Community Zooms: ‘The Organ Thieves’

Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist Chip Jones will discuss his new book, “The Organ Thieves: The Shocking Story of the First Heart Transplant in the Segregated South.” Jodi L. Koste, head of the VCU Health Sciences Library Special Collections and Archives, will join the conversation. Email the following address for the Zoom link. For more information, contact Gregory Kimbrell at or (803) 393-2951 or visit