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The 2019-2020 President’s Symposium and White Paper Project topic is currently under review. No speakers have been identified at this time.
Cassandra Crifasi, PhD, MPH
Assistant professor and deputy director, Center for Gun Policy and Research, Department of Health Policy and Management
Johns Hopkins University
Sept. 6, 2018
Understanding Gun Violence: Epidemiology and Evidence-based Policy
More than 38,000 people die from gun violence each year in the United States. Dr. Crifasi of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health shared the impact of policies on multiple forms of gun violence.
Chief T.J. Smith, MS, MA
Baltimore City Police Department
Sept. 26, 2018
Conversations and Reflections with Baltimore PD
Chief Smith, formerly of the Baltimore Police Department, shared personal and professional stories depicting the impact of gun violence and police intervention strategies designed to address the problem.
Natasha Pratt-Harris, PhD
Assistant professor and coordinator, Criminal Justice Program, Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Morgan State University
Nov. 1, 2018
Guns as Hazards
Dr. Pratt-Harris discussed the concept that whether in the hands of civilians (legally or illegally) or carried by police officers/law enforcement professionals, guns can be viewed as hazards. Additionally, she provided examples of evidence-based practices showing promise in addressing community violence.
Carol Vidal, MD, MPH
Assistant professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Feb. 5, 2019
Community Violence Prevention: What Works?
Dr. Vidal’s presentation reviewed the causes of community violence and the ways to intervene. She aimed to help attendees become aware of existing effective evidence-based practices (both community and institution-based) to reduce community violence.
Jonathan M. Metzl, MD, PhD
Frederick B. Rentschler II Professor of Sociology and Medicine, Health, and Society; director, Center for Medicine, Health, and Society, and professor of psychiatry
March 14, 2019
Firearms, Cultural Stereotypes, and Politics
Dr. Metzl discussed firearms and gun-related violence and their relationship to national cultural stereotypes. His talk infused concepts from his latest book, Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment Is Killing America's Heartland, which examines how certain gun policies have mortal consequences for the demographic groups that support these very policies.
The President’s Fellows
Jenny Afkinich, Graduate School
Nicole Campion Dialo, School of Medicine
Jessica Egan, School of Nursing
Lauren Highsmith, School of Social Work
Zachary Lee, School of Law
Vibha Rao, School of Medicine
April 8, 2019
Addressing Gun Violence: UMB’s Role as an Anchor Institution
After spending the academic year collecting data, conducting interviews, and reading and listening to experts, the President's Fellows presented their recommendations to the UMB campus. While some of their recommendations directly addressed gun violence, many served to address the underlying systematic issues that create environments in which gun violence can prevail. In their white paper, they stressed the need for “healthy, collaborative relationships between the interprofessional schools of UMB, between UMB and the community, and amongst all individuals who reside in West Baltimore is key to building collective efficacy within and around our campus.”
Dawn Whitehead, PhD
Senior director, global learning and curricular change, Office of Integrative Liberal Learning and the Global Commons
The Association of American Colleges & Universities
Sept. 6, 2017
Global Learning: Moving from an Option to a Priority in Today’s Interconnected World
The world is more globally connected than it has ever been, and students are expected to be prepared to interact, engage, and work with individuals from diverse backgrounds whether they leave their home state or not. In preparation for life, work, and citizenship, students must have opportunities to obtain and practice these skills related to global competency. In this presentation, Dr. Whitehead made the case for global learning for all. She clearly articulated why all students must have access to globally focused curricular and co-curricular experiences regardless of discipline of study, major, or profession. She shared examples from employers, accreditors, institutions, and local and global communities that highlight why global competency is critical for today’s graduates as they enter their professions and evolve as leaders in their communities.
Shannon Márquez, PhD
Vice provost and clinical professor, environmental and occupational health
What Does Global Literacy/Global Education Look Like at the Professional Level?
Dr. Márquez shared the role of global literacy in education and provided real-life examples of global literacy at the professional level. Additional information was provided on integrating global experiences into the curriculum, creating long-lasting funding sources, connecting local to global experiences, and providing robust training prior to engagement.
Louis N. Hunter, PT, DPT
Assistant professor and director, experiential learning and global initiatives, Department of Physical Therapy, Jefferson College of Health Professions
Thomas Jefferson University
Implementing Global Health Curricular and Co-Curricular Opportunities within a Graduate Health Care Professional Program
This presentation covered global health education within the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. It addressed the need for implementing global health education within the Jefferson DPT program from various stakeholder perspectives. Additionally, it covered the following: global health education that is relevant to DPT students as well as other health care professionals; the process of integrating global health education within a graduate health care professional program; development of local and global co-curricular opportunities to apply global health education; progress and challenges of implementing global health education into a health care professional program; and emerging interprofessional global health initiatives at the college and university level that support a program.
Michelle Morse, MD, MPH
Assistant program director, internal medicine residency program
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Founding co-director of EqualHealth
Accelerating Praxis: Your Role in the Global Health Equity Movement Today
Dr. Michelle Morse discussed the social and economic forces at the root cause of health inequities throughout the world. These inequities drive morbidity and mortality in tragically predictable ways that preferentially afflict the poor and marginalized. They are perpetuated by racism, sexism, economic policy prioritizing productivity and profit, and disregard for historical injustices. We can and must take action to address these root causes of ill health that we as a society have created and sustained. The discussion focused on why and how attendees can engage in the movement to achieve global health equity.
Adriana Medina-López-Portillo, PhD
Intercultural communications facilitator, personal leadership; adjunct professor, modern languages, linguistics, and intercultural communication
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Interacting and Engaging with Individuals of Diverse Backgrounds
Dr. Medina-López-Portillo discussed key global competency skills needed for engaging actively and responsibly with individuals from diverse backgrounds.
The President’s Fellows
Wesley Chan, School of Medicine
Saniya Chaudhry, School of Pharmacy
Molly Crothers, School of Nursing
Rhiya Dave, School of Medicine-MPH
Alexandra Huss, School of Social Work
Esther Kimani, School of Pharmacy
Nana Akua Tufuoh, School of Law
Sheridan Todd Yeary, School of Law
Global Literacy at the University of Maryland, Baltimore
The President's Fellows revealed their research and recommendations related to UMB's responsibility to educate globally literate students. Their recommendations ranged from establishing a global honor society on campus to offering language courses to developing in-person and online pre-departure training courses focused on cultural responsiveness, teamwork, and community engagement principles.
Dean Chang, PhD, MBA
Entrepreneurship: Yesterday’s Alternative Career Path, Tomorrow’s De Facto Career Path
Dr. Chang conducted the first of five President's Symposium lectures on entrepreneurship. This talk delved into innovation and entrepreneurship as a set of tools and a mindset that can be applied to solving tough challenges in small companies, large companies, nonprofits, the public sector, and anywhere else. Dr. Chang expanded upon entrepreneurship as more than an alternative career path into the world of startup companies.
Designing for Civic Innovation
Ms. Geiss discussed her professional journey from developing global health programs to designing collective impact strategies in Baltimore to starting up a co-working space to catalyze civic innovation. This participatory session provided an opportunity to learn lessons from the front line of social enterprise and generate new ideas for making real and lasting change. Participants left with a greater understanding of the core beliefs and practices underlying Baltimore's movement to create a more equitable and innovative city.
JC Weiss III, MBA
Who Buys, Why Do They Buy, and How Much Will They Pay?
Whether you are starting a lifestyle business, a small firm, or the next Under Armour, you need to know how to finance it. Where does the money come from, and why? How do you find it, or how does it find you? Mr. Weiss tackled these three simple questions mentioned in the title of this talk and why they are important and so hard to answer.
Suzanne Sysko Clough, MD
The Need for an Entrepreneurship Curriculum in Graduate Studies Programs
The focused teaching of a robust entrepreneurship curriculum in graduate and professional studies historically has been limited to graduate programs of entrepreneurship. In her discussion, Dr. Clough provided a vantage point as to why teaching entrepreneurship should be a staple in all graduate studies programs, especially those in the life sciences.
Jim Hughes, MBA
UMB’s Entrepreneurial Future
The University System of Maryland is launching a $10 million Early Stage Investment Fund and the state of Maryland is slated to invest $4 million in UMB to accelerate entrepreneurship and create jobs in Baltimore. Mr. Hughes shared preliminary plans to capitalize on this funding, including entrepreneurial fellowships, intramural grants, equity investments, and space for UMB startups in a new student-focused innovation center at the UM BioPark. Hughes was joined by Rana Quarashi, PhD, director, new ventures, and Daryll Carter, MD, a UM Ventures entrepreneur in residence who shared case studies of recent entrepreneurial projects by UMB students.
The Presidents’ Fellows
Exploring Entrepreneurship at UMB
Through interviews, research, and hands-on experience, four students at the University of Maryland, Baltimore explored the importance and current state of entrepreneurship at UMB.