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The Importance of Juneteenth and How you can Commemorate

Juneteenth is a holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. In 2021, legislation was signed by President Biden that recognized Juneteenth as a federal holiday on June 19th. Juneteenth is known by numerous names like Jubilee Day, Emancipation Day, Freedom Day, and Black Independence Day.

Ways to celebrate and honor Juneteenth:

  • Learn the history of Juneteenth
  • Find local Juneteenth events in your neighborhood to celebrate
  • Support Black-owned businesses
  • Join Opal’s Walk
  • Volunteer or donate to local Black organizations
  • Listen to Black Artists
  • Read books written by Black Authors

Events at OHSU Commemorating Juneteenth

  • How do you Reconcile a Lynching? – June 27

Join us on June 27th, for an online program with Taylor Stewart, founder, and executive director of the Oregon Remembrance Project. Taylor will talk about Alonzo Tucker, a Black boxer and gym owner who was lynched in Coos Bay in 1902, and discuss the work the Remembrance Project has done to raise awareness of this horrific part of the state's past. Taylor will also share his own personal path toward recognizing reconciliation as a tool for healing from racial injustice. RSVP by contacting cdi@ohsu.ed

  • Cultivating A Racially-Just Workplace for Black Professionals Panel Discussion – June 30

Join the OHSU Center for Diversity & Inclusion for this private forum for OHSU faculty, staff, and learners. Moderated by the CDI’s Organizational Training & Education team, the panel discussion will address experiences of Black employees in the workplace and actions leaders and non-Black colleagues can take to mitigate racial bias in the workplace. To learn more information please email .

  • Juneteenth Picnic – July 1

SNMA (Student National Medical Association) is celebrating Juneteenth National Independence Day with a picnic. Join SNMA in celebrating Juneteenth on July 1 from 3:00-6:00 p.m. at Sellwood Park . If you are planning to attend, please RSVP.

  • Oregon’s Black History: 450 years in 45 minutes – July 11

People of African descent have lived and worked in Oregon since before the founding of the earliest English-speaking settlements in the Americas. Despite this, the popular narrative of our state's history excludes the experiences of African Americans before the mid 20th century. This erasure is the result of historic legal and social marginalization that contribute to the ignorance of Oregon's Black heritage, as well as influence contemporary disparities in housing access, community investment, and policing. Zachary Stocks of Oregon Black Pioneers will attempt to correct the record by highlighting key individuals and events that characterize Oregon's unique and centuries-old Black history.  

Events, now virtual!

There's lots going on at CDI and OHSU around diversity! OHSU members can check the O2 calendar for diversity-related events available to members.
Many OHSU committees, groups and trainings are now virtual! Check OHSU Now for the latest news and events from the Employee Resource Groups and university-wide events.

Past events

Black History Month 2022 Guest Speaker: Intisar Abioto

For Black History Month 2022, the Center for Diversity & Inclusion presents in coordination with the Black Employee Resource Group, guest speaker Intisar Abioto. 

Abioto’s works refer to the living breath/breadth of people of African descent against the expanse of their storied, geographic, and imaginative landscapes. 

This event was scheduled for Friday, February 25 at 12-1pm PST.

Black History Month 2022 Guest Speaker: Harriet A. Washington

For Black History Month 2022, the School of Nursing and Center for Diversity & Inclusion present award-winning medical writer and editor Harriet A. Washington as their guest speaker.

Washington will provide a historical perspective related to COVID-19 and the concept of medical apartheid.

The event was scheduled for Friday, Feb. 11 from noon to 1 p.m. 

Black History Month 2022 Guest Speaker: Zachary Stocks

For Black History Month 2022, the CDI presents Zachary Stocks, Executive Director of Oregon Black Pioneers. 

Stocks will present the narrative of Oregon state history, correcting the narrative that has often removed the experience of Black individuals.

This event was scheduled for Monday, February 14 at 1-2pm PST.

Faculty Development Training: Inclusive Online Class Climate Webinar

At these trying times, it is increasingly important to create an inclusive learning environment for our learners. This looks different in an online platform than in face-to-face learning environments. What does diversity look like online? What can we do to be inclusive and respectful of our students online? During this webinar, we will explore these issues and we will share best practices in course design, course delivery, and course assessment, and also what to avoid for remaining inclusive and respectful with our online learners. This webinar will be facilitated by Graciela Vidal, at the Educational Improvement and Innovation Office.

Watch the recording. If you have any questions, please email Graciela at

November 21, 2019

OHSU and the 2nd annual Sarah Anne and Erin Ford Braner Endowment and Lectureship are proud to welcome one of the nation’s leading experts on gun violence prevention, Daniel Webster, ScD, M.P.H., Bloomberg Professor of American Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The presentation:

  • Summarized the scope, nature and trends of gun violence in the U.S.
  • Discussed public health models relevant to gun violence prevention.
  • Presented research on the effectiveness of gun policies, restrictions on alcohol sales, interventions to reduce blight and improve the physical environment in urban communities, and approaches to reducing gun violence in urban communities.

About the speaker:
Daniel Webster, ScD, M.P.H., directs the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research and serves as co-lead of the Violence Prevention Workgroup of the Bloomberg American Health Initiative. Dr. Webster has published over 120 articles on topics including gun policy, violence prevention, youth violence, intimate partner violence, suicide, and substance abuse. He is the lead editor and a contributor to Reducing Gun Violence in America: Informing Policy with Evidence and Analysis (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013). Dr. Webster’s research has informed policies to reduce gun violence at the local, state, and federal level. He previously led Baltimore’s Homicide Review Commission and now leads the Johns Hopkins-Baltimore Collaborative for Violence Reduction.

About the Sarah Anne and Erin Ford Braner Endowment:
The endowment was established by Mary DeFrank Braner, M.D., and Dana Braner, M.D., F.A.A.P., F.C.C.M., Credit Unions for Kids chair and professor of pediatrics (critical care), OHSU School of Medicine, and physician-in-chief, OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. It was named for their children with a goal of improving education, awareness, interventions and policies to reduce the human cost of gun violence, especially to our children.

Watch the recording of the lecture.

November 6, 2019

This year's Laurel Case Lecture featured Eliseo Perez-Stable, M.D., Director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities.

Dr. Perez-Stable's expertise spans a broad range of health disparities disciplines. His research interests have centered on improving the health of racial and ethnic minorities and underserved populations, advancing patient-centered care, improving cross-cultural communication skills among health care professionals, and promoting diversity in the biomedical research workforce.

Prior to becoming National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities director, Dr. Perez-Stable built a career at the University of California, San Francisco, where he was a professor of medicine, chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine, and director of the Center for Aging in Diverse Communities.

October 10, 2019

OHSU was pleased to host Quinn Capers, M.D., Dean of Admissions and Professor of Medicine at the Ohio State University College of Medicine and Program Director of Interventional Radiology at Wexner Medical Center. Dr. Capers is nationally known for his presentations, scholarly papers and workshops on addressing implicit bias in admissions and his insights and strategies around creating an inclusive culture that promotes not only recruitment but retention of diverse learners, faculty and staff. Read about his visit and some key takeaways.

June 20, 2019

The advance screening and panel discussion of the documentary, “Behind the Bullet," offered attendees an in-depth look at four people who pulled the trigger and the profound impact it’s had on their lives. Winner of the 2019 Sunscreen Film Festival for best documentary, the film reveals the complexity of each scenario, and describes the conflicting emotions and moral injury that comes after a self-defense shooting, an accidental shooting or an unintentional shooting.

A discussion following the screening included the following esteemed panelists:

  • Dana Braner, M.D., F.A.A.P., F.C.C.M., professor of pediatrics (critical care), OHSU School of Medicine, and physician-in-chief, OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital

  • Yugen Rashad, coalition coordinator and health educator, Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH), Multnomah County Department of Health

  • June Vining, executive director, Trauma Intervention Program of Portland/Vancouver

  • Heidi Yewman, producer, "Behind the Bullet"

  • Facilitated by Kathleen Carlson, Ph.D., associate professor, Epidemology, OHSU-PSU School of Public Health

Watch the "Behind the Bullet" trailer.

Co-hosted by OHSU-PSU School of Public Health, OHSU Center for Diversity and Inclusion, and the OHSU Gun Violence as a Public Health Issue Advisory Committee

January 29, 2019

This year’s theme is Advancing Diversity and Equity: Making it meaningful to your life and work. The keynote speaker will be Laura Salerno Owens, a trial lawyer at Markowitz Herbold. Ms. Salerno Owens has served as the lead plaintiffs’ counsel in equal pay and gender discrimination class action against Nike, Inc.

In addition to the keynote address, there was a panel discussion about diversity and inclusion at OHSU and 13 facilitated lunch tables.

Visit the Women in Academic Medicine webpage for more information.

This conference was sponsored by OHSU School of Medicine, Center for Diversity and Inclusion, Office of the Provost, Center for Women's Health, and the School of Nursing.

January 17, 2019

The theme for this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration: “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” The quote comes from an African proverb. It’s a profound statement about collective social responsibility, and is a reflection of the teachings of Dr. King.

The event was a celebration of “firsts.” It featured OHSU’s first African-American president and the great-great-niece of the first Native American physician, and the keynote speaker was Fred Williams, M.D., neurosurgeon, Tuality Healthcare, the first African-American to be named president of the Oregon Medical Association.

Dr. Williams brought elements that captured Dr. King’s message of inclusion and equity – drawing upon stories from many cultures and ethnicities, including Chinese, Japanese, Native American and LGBTQ.

Britta Ameel, M.D., resident physician, Obstetrics and Gynecology, spoke about how her great-great-aunt, the first Native American physician, inspired her to become a doctor and help vulnerable populations.

OHSU President Danny Jacobs, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.S., shared his journey through the segregation era and the first time he heard the proverb.

If you missed the celebration or wish to see it again, a recording is available online. You can view additional photos from the event on OHSU News Hub.

Featured Event

Inclusive classroom

Faculty Development
 Online Class Climate Webinar

What does diversity look like online? What can we do to be inclusive and respectful of our students online? Learn more and register today for a session: 

  • Thursday July 2 at 4 p.m.
  • Monday July 6 at 1 p.m.
  • Tuesday July 7 at 8 a.m,

If none of these work for you, please still sign up and mark this option to receive the recording after these sessions. Questions: email Graciela Vidal