9 April 2021 | Walla Walla University’s Donald Blake Center, along with co-sponsor Adventist Health, hosted a teach-in conference titled “What Does Equity Look Like?”
The conference was spread over three days. On Tuesday, April 13 at 11 AM PDT, Rebecca Parshall, a PhD candidate in educational administration and policy at the University of Georgia, presented “Reckoning With Racial Inequality: It’s Time.” Watch it here.
“Social Inequalities in Health and What We Can Do About Them” is the title of a Wednesday 5 PM presentation by David Williams, PhD. (Click here to pre-register.)
Williams is the Norman Professor of Public Health and Chair of the Department of Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and a professor of African and African American Studies at Harvard.
Finally, Donald Blake, PhD, presented “Equity and Respect for All People” on Thursday, April 15 at 3:30 PM. (Click here to pre-register.) Blake was the first black faculty member at Walla Walla University (1962-1969.) He has also worked at Mississippi Valley State University, Oakwood University, Kentucky State University and the Hartford Insurance Group.
According to Walla Walla University’s website, “The Donald Blake Center promotes academic research through annual conferences featuring keynote speakers who are leading academics on subject matter related to the study of race, ethnicity, and culture. The center offers pedagogy workshops on curriculum inclusiveness and multiculturalism and encourages student-led involvement in inner-city missions and social justice campaigns. The target groups for these acts of service are community groups, government agencies, businesses, and non-profit groups that address social problems connected to the problem of racism and its devastating effects on contemporary social and cultural life.”
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