Medical School Dean’s Lecture Series

The Medical School Dean’s Lecture Series is a series of presentations offered to faculty, staff, and students in the Medical School community, as a response to critical issues that are emerging during the pandemic, as well as our efforts to address racial injustice and health disparities within our institution.

The series provides an opportunity for members of our Medical School community to present essential topics and ideas for improving our lives, whether it be within our research, education, clinical work, or service.

Lectures are offered monthly and facilitated by senior leaders of the Medical School. If you have a suggested topic to be considered for future lectures, please submit your topic to

Upcoming Lectures

Wednesday, Oct. 14, 9 - 10 a.m.

Rapid Response Grant To Reduce Racial/Ethnic Disparities In Healthcare

Presented by:

  • Brooke Cunningham, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Family Medicine and Community Health
  • Janna Gewirtz O'Brien, MD, Adolescent Medicine Fellow, Pediatrics
  • David Haynes, PhD, Assistant Professor, Institute for Health Informatics
  • Mumtaz (Taj) Mustapha, MD, Assistant Professor, Medicine
  • Rebekah Pratt, PhD, Assistant Professor, Family Medicine and Community Health
  • Jason Ricco, MD, Assistant Professor, Family Medicine and Community Health
  • Christopher Warlick, MD, PhD, Associate Professor and Head, Urology
  • Anna Wirta Kosobuski, EdD, Assistant Professor, Biomedical Sciences

Moderated by:
Austin Calhoun, PhD, Office of Medical Education

Hear from each grant recipient on the details of their grant. The grants are small, scalable projects directly impacting the health of our community by reducing the effects of structural and systemic racism, reducing health disparities, improving access to health care, or addressing gaps in healthcare in non-majority community members. Priority areas are mental health in people of all ages, testing and care of those affected by COVID-19 pandemic, projects based within the community, and projects that are collaborative and informed by the communities they affect. More information.


Wednesday, Nov. 11, 9:00-10:00 am

Addressing Whiteness and White Accountability: A White Consciousness Conversation

Stef and Will

Facilitated by:

  • Stef Jarvi, MEd, Director of Education, Office for Equity and Diversity
  • Will O’Berry, MEd, Office of Undergraduate Education
  • Dimple Patel, MS, Associate Dean of Admissions, Medical School

Moderated by:
Austin Calhoun, PhD, Office of Medical Education

For many white people, having conversations about race, racism, and white supremacy is often something to be avoided, triggering a myriad of emotional reactions that Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) individuals and communities have to manage and respond to. Oftentimes white people feel unprepared, unskilled, afraid of messing up, and “looking racist.” Learning to understand our own whiteness and racial socialization can help us learn more skills and tools in talking about race, racism, and white supremacy, as well as interrupting problematic behavior in ourselves, other white people, and in the systems around us.

The focus on this session will be to frame concepts and name dominant patterns around whiteness and white supremacy in our culture and on campus. We will specifically discuss the role of white people in holding ourselves and other white people accountable for our actions and behaviors in ways that help build a culture of anti-racism.

Although we will be centering the conversation around whiteness, our goal is not to center white people. Much of what is shared by the facilitators comes from the work of many BIPOC educators and trainers throughout time. The goal is for white faculty, staff and learners to learn new skills that help dismantle racist behaviors and decenter whiteness in our systems. This training and dialogue is geared towards individuals that have some knowledge and experience with conversations around racism, whiteness and white accountability, however ALL community members are welcome to join.


December session content will be posted soon.