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2024 Black History Month Events: Racial Healing—The Heart of Racial Equity

February 2, 2024 by daf4a@virginia.edu

Location: Various locations

Date: Feb 1, 2024 - Feb 28, 2024

  • Kultivate Konnection | First Thursday of every month, starting Thursday, Feb. 1 | 11:30 a.m. | Zoom | 30-minute, drop-in group developed through a partnership with UVA Health Population Health and UVA Faculty and Employee Assistance Program (FEAP). Emotional wellness break and space to facilitate racial healing through a connection with colleagues, shared experiences, and cultivation of authenticity and kinship. Facilitated by Arminda Perch, MBA, LCSW, Population Health, and Pamela Meredith Hamilton, MAMF, FEAP.
  • UVA Health Storytellers | Friday, Feb. 2 | noon-1 p.m. | Medical Education Building 1110 or registration required for virtual | Guest speaker: Mesha Jones, MSN, RN, CCRN, Nursing Professional Governance Organization President, UVA Health Ambulatory nurse, UVA School of Nursing clinical instructor, and a winner of UVA Health’s 2024 MLK Award.
  • DEI Book of the Month Discussion | Mondays, Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26 | noon-1 p.m. | Virtual, Registration required; click on dates to register | Kimberley Barker, Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, and Melody Pannell, UVA Health Director of Diversity and Community Engagement, facilitate discussion of “The Racial Healing Handbook: Practical Activities to Help You Challenge Privilege, Confront Systemic Racism, and Engage in Collective Healing.”
  • National Day of Racial Healing Special Luncheon | Tuesday, Feb. 6 | noon-1 p.m. | Pinn Hall 2ABC | Registration required | RSVP by Tuesday, Jan. 30 | Guest Speaker: Reverend Dr. Alvin Edwards, Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church.
  • Racial Awareness and Sensitivity Support Group, Multi-Racial | Tuesday, Feb. 6 | 6:15-7:45 p.m. | Virtual | Counseling Alliance of Virginia leads these sessions for the community to encourage cross-racial conversations and dialogue — safely and therapeutically.
  • Coming to the Table: The Journey of Racial Healing | Tuesday, Feb. 13 | 4-5 p.m. | Virtual, registration required | Guest Speaker: Jodie Geddes, co-author of “The Little Book of Racial Healing: Coming to the Table for Truthtelling, Liberation, and Transformation” and Co-Manager, Coming To The Table, Oakland, California.
  • UVA Division for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Presents: Black History Month Gospel Concert | Friday, Feb. 16 | 6:30 p.m. | The Paramount Theater | Free and open to public, registration required | This concert will feature Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Tasha Cobbs Leonard and a special performance by Grammy Award-nominated Melvin Crispell III. Northern Virginia-based praise team concert begins at 6 p.m.
  • My Story, My Voice | Tuesday, Feb. 20 | 11 a.m.-noon | Medical Education Building 1110 | Registration required for virtual | Guest speaker Gene Cash, LCSW, LISW-S, CEO, Executive Director, Counseling Alliance of Virginia , addresses racial awareness and sensitivity and shares his academic/career journey, mileposts, new learnings, and recommended best practices and benchmarks. My Story, My Voice focuses on leading experts — outside of UVA Health — in healthcare, mental health, restorative justice, and DEI.
  • Diversity Dialogue With Dr. Downs | Tuesday, Feb. 20 | noon-1 p.m. | Medical Education Building 1110 | Registration required for virtual | Gene Cash joins Tracy Downs, MD, FACS, UVA Health Chief Diversity and Community Engagement Officer, for a discussion facilitated by Melody Pannell, UVA Health Director of Diversity and Community Engagement.
  • Medical and Doctoral Student Stories: Panel Discussion | Wednesday, Feb. 21 | 5-6 p.m. (Dinner at 4:30 p.m.) | Medical Education Building 3110 | RSVP by Feb. 16 | Learn about the panelists’ journeys navigating their respective paths to UVA SOM and what it takes to persist.
  • Community Conversations: Growing Up in Charlottesville | Sunday, Feb. 25 | 1-2:30 p.m. | Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church, 105 Lankford Ave. | Co-facilitated by UVA Health’s Jackie Martin, Director of Community Partnerships and Health Equity, and Melody Pannell, Director of Diversity and Community Engagement.
  • “Trauma and Race: A Path to Wellbeing” | Wednesday, Feb. 28
    • Author Spotlight | 2-3 p.m. | Medical Education Building 3110 | Reverend Dr. Micah McCreary, President, New Brunswick Theological Seminary, New Jersey; author, “Trauma and Race: A Path to Wellbeing,”  about trauma-informed counseling for racially traumatized African (Black), Latino/a/x, Asian, and Native (Indigenous) Americans (ALANAs).
    • Book Signing | 3-4 p.m. | Claude Moore Health Sciences Library lobby

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