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Race, Racism and Baltimore’s Future: A Focus on Structural and Institutional Racism

The Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute and the JHU Office of the Provost announce
the Fifth Annual Symposium on the Social Determinants of Health
Race, Racism and Baltimore’s Future: A Focus on Structural and Institutional Racism

In September 2015, a group of Baltimore’s business, religious and philanthropic leaders placed a series of full-page ads in local newspapers, asserting “THE TIME IS NOW” for “real, inclusive and transformative change.” The ad campaign was intended to spur conversation about structural racism. On April 25 we will spend the day having that conversation.

Speakers include:

  • Diane Bell McKoy, the President and Chief Executive Officer, Associated Black Charities
  • David R. Williams, the Florence Sprague Norman and Laura Smart Norman Professor of Public Health at the Harvard School of Public Health and Professor of African and African American Studies and of Sociology at Harvard University
  • Richard Rothstein, a Research Associate at the Economic Policy Institute and a visiting lecturer at Teachers College, Columbia University; author of Class and Schools: Using Social, Economic, and Educational Reform to Close the Black–White Achievement Gap
  • Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.

The Fifth Social Determinants of Health Symposium will consider how racism embedded in our criminal justice, healthcare and education systems affect people of color in Baltimore every day, with an impact that spans generations. Race, Racism and Baltimore’s Future: A Focus on Structural and Institutional Racism will bring together experts from Johns Hopkins, Baltimore, and cities across the country.  Along with local community leaders, they will explore new approaches to understanding these forms of racism and ways to address them through collaborative efforts.

Presented by the Office of the Provost and the Urban Health Institute, the Social Determinants of Health symposium annually invites faculty, administrators, and students from Baltimore’s colleges and universities to join this important discussion with local community-based organizations, city agencies, engaged community residents, service professionals, and community leaders.

REGISTER NOW and save! Online registration before the event: $15.
Same day registration at the event: $30.



April 25, 2016


8:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Turner Auditorium, JHU School of Medicine Campus
720 Rutland Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21205 United States


Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute

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