CHOP Speakers

Thursday, March 10, 2022
12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m.
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

“How did we get here? A brief history of Racist Ideas.”


Roger Harrison


Racially minoritized populations have consistently and disproportionately borne the burden of poor health, disease, and death in America. Increasingly, scholars have attributed disparities in healthcare outcomes to systematic or structural racism.  But how did we get here?  This grand rounds presentation defines various forms of racism and explores a history of racist ideas, tracking milestones in the historical development of race and racialized thinking.  The presentation also explores the contributions of law, prominent scientists, and major thinkers in the Western tradition to our modern-day crisis of racism.

Roger Harrison is a pediatric psychologist with Nemours Children’s Health in Wilmington, Delaware, diversity and inclusion educator in the Office of Health Equity and Inclusion (OHEI) at Nemours, and clinical associate professor of pediatrics at Sidney Kimmel College of Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University.  He currently serves as chair of the Delaware Psychological Association’s diversity committee and is President-Elect of the DPA. As a clinician educator, Dr. Harrison supervises and trains graduate students, pre-doctoral interns, and postdoctoral fellows within the Nemours system.  Dr. Harrison is happily married to Ayanna and has three remarkable daughters, Anaya, Aliyah, and Amara.

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