When: Thu., April 9, 6-8 p.m. 2015
As part of its social justice speaker series, Samuel Merritt University will be hosting the brilliant academic, activist, and author Cornel West for a talk entitled “Overcoming Structural Violence to Reduce Health Disparities: Building the Beloved Community.” Samuel Merritt is a health sciences university that teaches healthcare professionals how to work in underserved communities. Because its students will serve neighborhoods most impacted by structural violence, it’s crucial that they are versed in West’s ideas. “Cornel West talks a lot about income disparity and social justice issues, and we see health disparities as a clear social justice issue,” said Shirley Strong, chief diversity officer at the university. But the talk is not only for students. It will be geared toward the broader public, in order to bring more awareness to the systemic injustices that fuel the growth of health disparities. Proceeds from the talk will benefit the SMU Regents Diversity Scholarship Fund. Strong explained that the university is hoping to bring in more students from within the communities that its graduates serve, because better understanding between doctor and patient means better healthcare. The talk will take place at Allen Temple Baptist Church (8501 International Blvd., Oakland) on Thursday.