Our first speaker is Dr. Mignonne Guy, who will do a two-part series focused on critical race theory and reducing disparities.
- May 4th 1:00 PM (CDT) – Anatomy of America: Deconstructing Racialized Inequities from Past to Present
- May 6th 1:00 PM (CDT) – Race in America: Community Conversations and a Call to Action
Dr. Mignonne C. Guy is as an associate professor and incoming chair (July 2021) in the Department of African American Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Guy teaches courses on health inequities in Black populations, medical racism and interdisciplinary research methods. She is the founder and co-chair of the VCU College of Humanities and Sciences Committee on Racial Equity (CORE) where she co-leads over 30 faculty, undergraduate and graduate student volunteers from a variety of disciplines to co-create an interdisciplinary foundations course on race and racism in the U.S. that will be mandatory for all VCU undergraduate students in fall 2022. Dr. Guy’s research focuses on social, behavioral, biological and environmental determinants that contribute to health inequities and disparities among racial/ethnic minoritized populations and other marginalized groups.
Dr. Guy is a faculty investigator in the Center for Tobacco Studies and the site lead for the Contextual Knowledge Core, and a member of the Massey Cancer Center Cancer Prevention and Control Group at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Mignonne also holds several national advisory positions such as a co-chair for the Racial and Equity Task Force in the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, a Mid-Atlantic Regional Lead for the Intercultural Cancer Council and an advisory board member for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Building Capacity to Reduce Tobacco Inequities in the South and Midwest Initiative. Prior to her arrival in 2014 at VCU, she held appointments as a research associate in the Department of Health Sciences Research at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona, an assistant research scientist in the Center for Health Outcomes and Pharmacoeconomic Research and was a member of the Arizona Cancer Center at the University of Arizona. She is a former health disparities scholar for the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities.
- Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-Create Race in the Twenty-First Century by Dorothy Roberts
- The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of America Capitalism by Edward Baptist
- Medical Apartheid by Harriet Washington
- Systemic Racism: A Theory of Oppression by Joe Feagin
- Reproducing Racism: How Everyday Choices Lock in White Advantage by Maria Rothmayr
- Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment Is Killing America’s Heartland by Jonathan M. Metzl