Past GW ARC Educational Series Sessions

Past Sessions


Spring 2022

What Decolonizing Our Classrooms Looks Like 
Friday, March 25, 2022; Noon - 1 PM EST Virtual
Presenters: Charles Cobbs, Paloma Delgado-Setien, Nikhil Kalita, Dr.Maranda Ward, and Julia Xavier 

Decolonize the classroom? We recognize that this angle might be jarring to some who might think of colonization as an antiquated process and therefore not understand the need to “decolonize”.  However, it is important to examine the foundation and origins of our current institutional processes and customs before tackling how to reform them to result in a more diverse, just, and equitable learning environment.  For example, we would examine the foundation of a house before adding upper floors.  In the same way, we feel it is important to be inclusive, collective, and transparent about the factors that still influence our academic culture and can impede us from fully realizing our collective goal to build an anti-racist institution. This session will model We will model what decolonized teaching looks like by having current GW students (Charles Cobb, Paloma Delgado-Setien, Nikhil Kalita, Julia Xavier) co-facilitate this webinar along with a GW faculty member (Dr. Maranda Ward). Not only will we share current GW teaching resources but we will also align the need to decolonize the classroom with the justice, equity, diversity and inclusion (JEDI) values of our institution.

Learning Objectives:

Describe the academic colonial legacies that threated JEDI institutional values; Define what it means to decolonize a classroom; Discuss hands-on examples of how to apply a decolonizing JEDI lens to the syllabus, course instruction, and learning assessments. 



Funding was secured to support this series from the OVPR University Seminar

(Target Population: Anyone who is a part-time or full-time lecturer, adjunct, teaching assistant, or faculty in any discipline at the under/graduate or doctoral level is the primary audience but all are welcome.)

Stay Tuned for More in this Webinar Series

This is the first in a series of applied trainings on decolonization practices for faculty, staff, and students to unlearn the insidious ways that white supremacy, imperialism, and patriarchy get normalized and institutionalized. Naming the colonial traditions of Eurocentric and Westernized language, medicine, teaching, and research is necessary to dismantle the interlocking systems of oppression that fuel racism, gender oppression, heteronormativity, ableism, and xenophobia. Without a critical examination of often overlooked power structures in the colonial legacy of our nation’s history and the institution of higher education, the dominant culture of whiteness will only further be disguised as literary canons, evidence-based practice, and race-neutral policy. Our training series will supplement existing efforts to live our social mission across disciplines and university-wide. You can find the promo video here.

Conflict in Ukraine: Lesson's from History for Russia's War in Ukraine 
Monday, March 7, 2022; 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM EST Virtual 
Hosted by: The GW Columbian College of Arts & Sciences History Department, The GW Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies; and The Elliott School of International

Putin has justified his invasion of Ukraine with multiple falsifications of history, including that there is no separate Ukrainian nation. Join us for a panel discussion on how history can inform the current moment and the future in Ukraine. The speakers are experts on the history of Russia, Ukraine, Europe, the Cold War, and the use of military force for political aims.

Jacob Henry is an MA student in history and a member of the United States Army. He is an Army Active Duty Officer and MA student in history en route to teach American History at West Point. He has experience leading, training, and equipping company-sized elements in the 21st century.
He will be joined by three professors of history and international affairs.

Hugh Agnew is a specialist in the history of Central Europe with a focus on nationalism and national identity.

Hope M. Harrison is a specialist on Russia, Germany, the Cold War, and the political uses of history and has served at the National Security Council as Director for European and Eurasian Affairs.

James G. Hershberg is a specialist on the Cold War and the nuclear arms race. The event will be hosted and moderated by Alyssa Ayres, Dean of the Elliott School, and Daniel Schwartz, Chair of the Department of History.

The event will be hosted and moderated by Alyssa Ayres, Dean of the Elliott School, and Daniel Schwartz, Chair of the Department of History.

The 6th Annual GW SMHS Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Week Three Event Series
"Advancing the Dream: We Cannot Walk Alone." 
Tues., January 18th, Wed., January 26th, and Thurs., January 27th, 2022

Celebration Event 
Tuesday, January 18th, 2022
Ross Hall Lobby
12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. EST 
Join us for grab and go King Week celebration cookies
*Tentative per university COVID-19 policies and procedures 

Keynote Speakers
Wednesday, January 26th, 2022
Dr. Michelle Morse (She/Her), Deputy Commissioner for the Center for Health Equity and Community Wellness & Chief Medical Officer at the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene 
12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. EST 

Dr. Michelle Morse serves as the Deputy Commissioner for the Center for Health Equity and Community Wellness (CHECW) and inaugural Chief Medical Officer at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYCDOHMH).  Dr. Morse is responsible for leading the agency’s work in bridging public health and health care to reduce health inequities, guiding CHECW’s place-based and cross-cutting health equity programs, and serving as a key liaison to clinicians and clinical leaders across New York City.

Dr. Morse is an internal medicine and public health doctor who works to achieve health equity through global solidarity, social medicine and anti-racism education, and activism. She is a general internal medicine physician, part-time hospitalist at Kings County Hospital, Co-Founder of EqualHealth, and Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School.  EqualHealth builds critical consciousness and collective action globally, in the pursuit of health equity for all.  In 2015 Dr. Morse worked with several EqualHealth partners to found the Social Medicine Consortium (SMC), a global coalition which uses activism and disruptive pedagogy rooted in social medicine to advance health justice.  She served as Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Partners In Health (PIH) from 2013 to 2016 and now serves on the Board of Directors of PIH.  In 2018, Dr. Morse was awarded a Soros Equality Fellowship to launch EqualHealth and the SMC’s global Campaign Against Racism.  From September 2019 to January 2021, she served as a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy fellow in Washington, DC and worked with the Ways and Means Committee, Majority Staff, in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Thursday, January 27th, 2022
George M. Johnson (They/Them), Author of "All Boys Aren't Blue" and "We Are Not Broken"
12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. EST 

George M Johnson is an Award-Winning Black Non-Binary Writer, Author, and
Activist located in the NYC area. George has written for major outlets including Teen
Vogue, Entertainment Tonight, NBC, The Root, Buzzfeed, Essence, Ebony, THEM,
and The Grio. They have also served as Guest Editor for’s Pride month.
They were awarded the 2019 Salute to Excellence Award by the National
Association of Black Journalists for their article “When Racism Anchors your Health
in Vice Magazine, and recently named to The Root 100 Most Influential African
Americans in 2020. They are the author of the Bestselling Young Adult Memoir "All
Boys Aren’t Blue" discussing their adolescence growing up as a young Black Queer
boy in New Jersey through a series of powerful essays. The book will also be
translated into French, Spanish, and Portuguese, with a UK distribution set for 2021.

George’s next memoir, "WE ARE NOT BROKEN" is the vibrant story of George, Garrett, Rall, and Rasul — four children raised by Nanny, their fiercely devoted grandmother. The boys hold one another close through early brushes with racism, memorable experiences at the family barbershop, and first loves and losses. And with Nanny at their center, they are never broken. It is scheduled for release on September 7th. Their book was optioned for Television by Gabrielle Union’s “I’ll Have Another Productions” and Sony TV in June of 2020. George serves as the executive producer and co-writer for the upcoming series based on his real-life college experience at the HBCU Virginia Union University.

George is also a proud HBCU alum twice over, and a member of Alpha Phi Alpha
Fraternity Incorporated.

Fall 2021

September through December 2021

"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. 

October 2021

What Exactly is Critical Race Theory (CRT)?

Wednesday, October 6, 10 AM EST

Virtual Hosted by GW Graduate School of Education and Human Development, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiatives 

Program Schedule:
10-10:15am (ET) Welcome and Introductions

10:15-11am (ET) Critical Race Theory: The Basics
featuring Dr. Ashley Stone, Clinical Assistant Professor of Education at Southern Methodist University
In this interactive workshop designed for those new to the concept of Critical Race Theory, Dr. Ashley Stone will describe its genesis and major principles. Participants will learn how CRT, as formulated and used in academia, differs from the controversial "CRT" that has been portrayed recently in the news.

11am-12pm (ET) CRT for White People
featuring Dr. Julia Storberg-Walker, Associate Professor of Human and Organizational Learning at GW
Dr. Julia Storberg-Walker will describe her journey as a white person learning about and understanding Critical Race Theory. She will share insights on the relationship between CRT and whiteness, and will discuss the role of white people in advocating for CRT specifically -- and anti-racism in general.

12pm-1pm (ET) Critical Race Theory: A Myth Busting Question and Answer Session

featuring Dr. Dwayne Kwaysee Wright, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiatives for GSEHD and Assistant Professor of Higher Education Administration at GW Dr. Dwayne Wright will separate fact from fiction, addressing some of the current misinformation surrounding CRT. He will touch on its origins in law schools and how it is practiced across various academic disciplines. He will answer questions and take final comments from the community about CRT.

November 2021

Thursday, November 11, 10:30 AM - 12 PM EST

"Our Trees Still Bear Strange Fruit: Modern-Day Lynchings in the American Landscape." 

Psychiatry Grand Rounds 

Facilitated by Attorney Jill Collen Jefferson

Spring 2021

January 2021

Thursday, January 28th, 12 PM - 1:30 PM  
5th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture
Developing a Dangerous Unselfishness
Click Here to Watch Recording 
LJ Punch, MD, Trauma Surgeon 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)

February 2021

Wednesday, February 17th, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM EST
Bystander Training
Click Here to Watch Recording
Moving Beyond Disrupting Racism
Lanre O. Falusi, MD, FAAP, 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: Intermediate to Advanced Learners) Past Sessions 2020

Antonio A. Bush, Ph.D. Director of Research, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Unit; American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) Assistant Professor; Division of Practice Advancement and Clinical Education; UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Session Objectives:

Define critical race theory (CRT), provide an overview of its key tenets, and discuss its relevance within academic medicine. Discuss counter-storytelling from the CRT lens. Provide key functions for employing this approach as researchers and practitioners.

(Target Population: All Learners; Learners interested in moving from theory to practice)  

April 2021

Race in America Lecture Series: Abby D. Phillip

Tuesday, April 6th, 6 PM EST Lecture Series--University Sponsored Event Race in America Lecture Series --A Conversation with Abby Phillips
CNN Anchor and Political Correspondent
**University-Sponsored event by the GW Office of Diversity Equity and Community Engagement (ODECE)--a part of the GW Race in America Lecture Series.** Event is limited to members of the GW community. For more information about the Race in Lecture America Series, please visit
(Target population: All Learners)

Wednesday, April 14th, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST
Research and Training
Click Here to Watch Recording
"The Stories We Tell (And Those Untold): Using Critical Race Theory (CRT) and Counter-Storytelling in Research and Practice"   

Antonio A Bush

(Target Population: All learners; Learners interested in disrupting systems of oppression; This session fulfills the faculty annual report requirement)

Thursday, February 25th, 7:00PM
Movie Screening Discussion
Hosted by White Coats for Black Lives Student Group, The Rodham Institute, Children's National Hospital, and SMHS Office of Diversity and Inclusion  

Black Men in White Coats poster

Black Men in White Coats (Running Time: 80minutes)

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. What if we had a medical workforce that actually reflected our patient population? This documentary dissects the systemic barriers preventing black men from becoming medical doctors and the consequences on society at large.   

(Target Population: All Learners)  


March 2021

Wednesday, March 3rd, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST
Advocacy Training

Click Here to Watch Recording
Envisioning Equity: A CALL TO ACTION!
Mandi Chapman, PhD, MA, Hon-OPN-CG Associate Center Director, GW Cancer Center

Session Objectives:

Identify historical and religious contexts that root "-isms" into U.S. economic, medical and research systems. Identify strategies for advancing health through a health equity lens. Access tools to put your intentions into practice.

Fall 2020

September 2020

Tuesday, September 1st, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST
Click Here to Watch Recording
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
Click Here to Watch Recording
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
Click Here to Watch Recording
Race in America Lecture Series -"1619: Reflecting on the Legacy of Slavery in America"--A Conversation with Nikole Hannah-Jones
**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)

October 2020

Wednesday, October 7th, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM EST
Faculty Development Workshop
Click Here to Watch Recording
Click Here for Presentation Slide
“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
Click Here to Watch Recordings
“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)

November 2020

Wednesday, November 11th, 12:00 PM-1:00 PM EST
Implicit Bias Training
Click Here to Watch Recording
"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)

December 2020

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.  GW Out for Health, Student Organization
(Target population: All Learners)