The Equity and Social Justice (ESJ)


The Equity and Social Justice (ESJ) is a series of lectures and dialogues taking place in the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 academic years, targeting the Harvard Longwood community as well as communities in the greater Boston area. The series provides context to the historical, current, and future state of equity and social justice in health and health care, and engages and equips participants with tools to take action.  Series events focus on four areas:  (1) History and Context, (2) Culture and Environment, (3) Health Disparities, and (4) Leadership and Skills Development.

2016-2018 Equity and Social Justice Events


Tuesday, August 29, 2017 | Time: 3:45 – 5:30 PM
Location: TBD
An American Health Dilemma
Speaker:  W. Michael Byrd, MD, MPH and Linda Clayton, MD, MPH
Authors of the two-volume Pulitzer-prize nominated book, An American Health Dilemma;
Nationally known health policy experts
Sponsor: HMS Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership (DICP)



Tuesday, September 19, 2017 | Time: 3:45 – 5:30 PM
Location: Harvard Medical School, Countway Library of Medicine, Minot Room,
10 Shattuck Street, Boston
Civil Rights
Speaker: Joel Teitelbaum, JD, LLM
Associate Professor and Director of the Hirsh Health Law and Policy Program,
Department of Health Policy & Management, George Washington Law School
Sponsor: HMS/DICP



Wednesday, October 25, 2017 | Time:  TBA
Location:  Harvard Medical School, Gordon Hall, Waterhouse Room, 25 Shattuck Street, Boston
Leadership Forum
Speaker: Dr. Eliseo Perez-Stable, MD
National Institute on Minority Health & Health Disparities
National Institutes of Health
Co-sponsor: HMS/DICP, Commonwealth Fund Mongan Fellowship in Minority Health Policy
Dr. Eliseo Perez-Stable, Director NIH HIMHD



Wednesday, November 8, 2017 | 8:00 – 2:00 PM
Location:  Harvard Medical School, Gordon Hall, Waterhouse Room, 25 Shattuck Street, Boston
LGBT Inclusion Symposium
Co-Sponsors:  HMS/DICP
Thursday, November 9, 2017
4:30 - 6:00pm
Location: Harvard Medical School, TBD
“Racism and Medicine”
Speaker: Rahsaan D. Hall, Esq.
Director, Racial Justice Program, American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts
Sponsors: HMS/DICP
November 15, 2017 | Time: TBD
Location: TBD
Leadership Forum
Speaker: Donna Shalala
Former President and CEO of the Clinton Foundation;Professor of Political Science and Health Policy, University of Miami
Sponsor: HMS/DICP


Equity and Social Justice Committee

The ESJ Planning Committee is comprised of faculty, staff and students, representing the HMS community.

Please click here to see members of the Equity and Social Justice Committee.