January 2021 Events

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Discussion on Disparities, Bias and Equity in Health

6:30 PM

Dear colleagues,

I am honored to make opening remarks for the panel presentation, which will include University of Michigan Medical School faculty members John Z. Ayanian, M.D., director of the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation and the Alice Hamilton Distinguished University Professor of Medicine and

Friday, January 22, 2021

L.E.A.D.: Anti-Racism Education in Higher Ed

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

L.E.A.D., Leading Equity And Diversity, is a series of conversations where attendees have the opportunity to hear from a diverse group of guests who lead or support DEI and social justice initiatives. Since the racial justice movements last summer, many universities are grappling with how to educate faculty, staff, and students on anti-racism.

Monday, January 18, 2021

2021 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

This year’s  MLK symposium keynote address features two speakers: poet, educator & human rights activist Dr. Gloria House; and co-founder and Executive Director of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network (DBCFSN) Malik Yakini. (For their bios, please see

Saturday, January 16, 2021

Virtual Town Hall: COVID-19 & the African-American Community

1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

A live discussion with experts who will

  • share facts based on science
  • acknowledge lack of trust of healthcare by African Americans 
  • discuss steps toward equitable and ethical healthcare 
  • share their personal stories about COVID-19, vaccines, and health disparities