Forum on Medicine, Race, and Ethnicity in St. Louis, Past to Future

February 25, 2023
8:00 am - 7:00 pm

All are welcome to this community-building gathering and discussion of critical questions on health and well-being, illness and care for our diverse St. Louis community.

When: Saturday, February 25, 2023 | 8:00am – 7:00pm

Where: Clark- Fox Forum, Hillman Hall

Parking on campus: Visitors are welcome to park at the East End Parking Garage, located near Forsyth and Skinker boulevards (map). Follow this link for details about public transportation options.

Doors open at 7:30 am. Please check in at the registration table when you arrive.


On Saturday, February 25, 2023 the Medical Humanities Program and the Center for Race, Ethnicity & Equity will co-host a Forum on Medicine, Race, and Ethnicity in St Louis, Past to Future. The event is sponsored by the Office of the Provost as part of the Here and Next strategic initiative, and enjoys support from the Center for the History of Medicine at Washington University Medical School, the Institute for Public Health, and the WashU & Slavery Project.

Along with a welcome by Gerald Early, the Merle Kling Professor of Modern Letters and director of the Center for Race, Ethnicity and Equity, and keynote address by Will Ross, MD, associate dean of diversity at Washington University School of Medicine, 22 speakers, including scholars, public health leaders, artists, and citizens of St. Louis, will take part in six moderated panels: 

  • The History and Legacy of Pruitt-Igoe
  • The History and Legacy of Homer G. Phillips Hospital 
  • Questions of Health and Wellbeing in the St. Louis Latin American Community
  • Bodies at Risk: Obstetrics, Trauma, and Disease
  • Questions of Health and Wellbeing in the St. Louis East Asian Community
  • Activist and Reparative Art

This is a public-facing event and all members of the university and broader St. Louis community are welcome. It is free of charge and we will offer lunch to attendees. Detailed information and RSVP are forthcoming.

The Forum on Medicine, Race, and Ethnicity in St. Louis, Past to Future is supported by the Office of the Provost and Washington University’s ten-year strategic vision, Here and Next, designed to mobilize research, education, and patient care to establish WashU and St. Louis as a global hub for transformative solutions to the deepest societal challenges. When we bring our community together around topics that expand our knowledge and our perspectives, we stimulate the open, vibrant environment that will make our strategic vision possible.

Headline image: “At the Heart of It” by Cbabi Bayoc. Bayoc will participate in the Activist and Reparative Art panel discussion.