Speakers - 2021 Committee Sponsored Events

June 16, 2021, 5:30 p.m.

Special Lecture for Juneteenth, Reverend Dr. Alyn E. Waller

Dr. Alyn E. Waller


Reverend Dr. Alyn E. Waller is the Senior Pastor of the Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A highly sought-after revivalist, vocalist, and lecturer, Dr. Waller is a true visionary of the church and the community who serves humanity far beyond the restraints of traditionalism. His partner in marriage and ministry is Dr. Ellyn Jo Waller, the leader of Enon’s Women’s Ministry and a devoted mother to their two daughters, Elynn Morgan and Eryka Lynn.

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Also sponsored by, "The Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism - Equity in Endocrine Committee”

March 25, 2021, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

Racism in Palliative Care Practice:  We are Not Immune

Tammie Quest

The Palliative Care Program invites the Penn Medicine Community to join the Berkman Lectureship in Palliative Care featuring Tammie E. Quest, M.D., FAAHPM, Chief, Palliative Medicine, Professor, Department for Emergency Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine.  Click here to connect to the virtual lecture.

Dr. Tammie E. Quest is the Montgomery Chair in Palliative Medicine and Professor in the Department of Family and Preventative Medicine and for the Department of Emergency Medicine.  She is the Chief of Palliative Medicine for the Division of Palliative Medicine in Department of Family Medicine.  She is the Past President of the American Academy of Hospice and palliative Medicine and Director of the Emory Palliative Care Center for Emory's Woodruff Health Services Center (WHSC).  she is the Associate Editor for the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management on Race.  Her active education and research interests include racial disparities, emergency medicine and palliative care, advance care planning and care for serious illness in older adults.  She is the recipient of multiple NIH grants and foundation funding to support innovations in palliative care.  She is board certified in Emergency Medicine and Hospice Palliative Medicine.

March 8, 2021, 5:00 p.m.

Examining the Current Escalation of Anti-Asian Racism with Cecillia Wan.

Cecillia Wang

Please submit questions in advance here.  RSVP here.


Introduction of the Speaker:
Jennifer Kim, L'21
Co-President of APALSA

Co-Moderators of Conversation and Audience Q&A:
Katelynn Catalano, L'23
1L Representative of APALSA

Maya Reddy, L'22
Co-President of Lambda, Conference Co-Chair of SALSA, Member of APALSA

Cecillia Wang is a deputy legal director at the national ACLU and oversees the ACLU’s work on immigrants’ rights, voting rights, national security, human rights, and speech, privacy and technology. Cecillia is a past director of the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project and has taught immigration law courses as an adjunct lecturer at Stanford and Berkeley. Previously she was a trial attorney with the federal public defender office in the Southern District of New York and served on the federal indigent defense panel for the Northern District of California. Her notable ACLU cases include successful challenges to President Trump’s ban on the entry of noncitizens from certain Muslim-majority countries, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office’s discriminatory traffic stop policies, and Alabama’s HB 56 anti-immigrant law.  Cecillia is a 1995 graduate of the Yale Law School, where she was an articles editor for The Yale Law Journal.  She clerked for Justice Harry A. Blackmun of the Supreme Court of the United States and Judge William A. Norris of the U.S. Court of Appeals of the Ninth Circuit.  Cecillia graduated from U.C. Berkeley in 1992 with an A.B. in English (with highest honors) and Biology.

February 24, 2021, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

This special Town Hall will feature Utibe R. Essien, MD, MPH, an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh and a general internist and health disparities researcher in the VA Pittsburgh Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion. Dr. Essien’s research focuses on racial and ethnic disparities and he has recently applied this research framework to the COVID-19 pandemic, rapidly becoming an expert in the health disparities that are disproportionately affecting minority communities with COVID-19.  Dr. Essien is a fierce advocate for diversity and equity in medicine, speaking nationally on the topic and co-hosting an “Antiracism in Medicine” series for the Clinical Problem Solvers medical education podcast. 

The program for the evening was:

5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.: “A Knock at Midnight: Sustaining Antiracism in Medicine” – presentation by Dr. Essien

6:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.:  Sustaining Antiracism at Penn Medicine – breakout sessions facilitated by the Vice-Chairs of Inclusion, Diversity & Equity

6:45 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.:  Wrap up


022421 CPUP ANTI-RACISM SPEAKER SERIES: A Knock at Midnight: Sustaining Antiracism in Medicine


Wednesday, February 24, 2021, 5:00 p.m.

We invite you to join us for a panel discussion exploring Marion Anderson's profound impact and lasting legacy.

Marion Anderson

Click here to register.

Thursday, February 11, 2021, 12:00 – 1:00 PM

 “Understanding Drivers of COVID-19 - Vaccine Hesitancy Among African Americans”

Speaker:  Florence Momplaisir, MD, MSHP, FACP, Assistant Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases

Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute
Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania


Blue Jeans virtual event

To join, select from the following options:

Program URL:   https://www.viraled.com/modules/contact/?form_id=645

*CME credit only available during broadcast time

February 3, 2021, 12:00 to 1:30

The Penn Medicine Office of Inclusion and Diversity presents their annual symposium involving topics about health equity and disparities.  We are proud to welcome Dorothy Roberts JD, FCPP as our 2021 keynote speaker. The title of her talk is "The History and Future of Race, Health and Justice."  Click here to learn more.

February 3, 2021, 12:00 to 1:30

Register for the Martin Luther King Jr. Health Equity Symposium.  Click here for more information and to register.  We all play a part in ensuring an antiracist Penn Medicine!

January 15, 2021, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

The Vaccine Experience in the Black and Brown Community at Penn Medicine

Please join us Friday, January 15, from 12–1 p.m. for The Vaccine Experience in the Black and Brown Community at Penn Medicine town hall. The town hall will feature special guest, Dr. Neil Fishman, HUP CMO; panelists Kenya Pitt, CPUP HR, Dr. Meghan Lane-Fall, HUP Critical Care and Anesthesia, Nicole Brown, LPN Helen O. Dickens Center, and John Dixon, Pavillion Chef, HUP; and moderator Dr. Florencia Polite, OBGyn. Our goal is to provide information about the COVID-19 vaccines, address disparities in uptake among Black and Brown communities, and answer any questions you might have.  Click here to see the recorded event.

January 15, 2021, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Honoring Dr. King:  A Forum on Public Safety, Police Reform & Mental Health

January 12, 2021, 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Hot Topic COVID-19 Panel:  Unpacking Vaccination Hesitancy in Communities of Color




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