Racial dialogue expert to lecture at URI on Structural Racism, Health Equity

Dr. Vibhuti Arya’s presentation scheduled for March 26, 2 p.m.

The URI College of Pharmacy and Academic Health Collaborative will welcome St. John’s University Clinical Professor and racial dialogue expert Dr. Vibhuti Arya for a fascinating discussion on structural racism and health equity on March 26 at 2 p.m. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the lecture will be delivered via Zoom.

Structural racism impacts every conceivable part of our society, and its manifestations impact health on a national and a global scale. When we perpetuate structural racism, intentionally or unintentionally, we do our patients, and our society at large, plenty of harm. Recognizing our own biases and how they may impact our relationships and decisions about our patients, our colleagues, and society at large is vital.

Register for the lecture here

Although engaging in these conversations can be quite uncomfortable, we can work to create the space and time for brave spaces to have honest discussions to deepen our own understanding in order to address ways in which we can work toward mitigating the negative impacts of structural racism within our society.

Join us for a discussion that explores what structural racism is, how it has impacted our physical and mental health, and the role students and faculty can play in furthering these conversations in academia. After participating in this session, attendees will:

  • Understand a historical overview of structural racism.
  • Understand how structural racism impacts health equity.
  • Understand how to explore the role of students and public health practitioners in dismantling structural racism.

The lecture is free and available to the public. For more information on Dr. Arya, visit https://vibhutiarya.com.