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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Monday 2/21/2022 

Welcome Event | 8:30 - 9:00 AM ET

Carla Carten, PhD; Interim Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Officer, Mass General Brigham 

Join us for an introduction to our week of events by the Senior VP of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion of MGB. Hear about how this series of events was created by a number of Boston institutions and community organizations focused on elevating black voices and working to establish a more equitable world. 

 

Zoom Webinar Attendees Link: https://partners.zoom.us/j/87408017642 

 

This event will also be live casted in MGH in Yawkey 2-230. 

 

The Heart of Chinese Medicine | 9:00 - 10:00 AM ET

Irina Cooper, L.Ac., M.Ac., Dipl.Ac., LH, MBA; Certified Acupuncturist  

 

To many of us Oriental Medicine and its view of the human body is full of mystery. The mere fact that the Chinese medics found ways to heal people without the use of modern technology, diagnostic tools, surgical procedures and medications is nothing short of a wonder. 

 

But when we dive into the foundations of Chinese Medicine, we realize that it explains what happens within us in a very graceful and beautiful way, and it opens doors to a completely different view of why and how disease starts and what we can do to help ourselves.  

 

Join Ms. Cooper for a fascinating lecture on the foundation of Chinese Medicine, an explanation of its 

mechanism, and a slightly in-depth discussion on the organ, that governs it all – THE HEART. 

 

https://wholebeautyandhealth.com/ 

  

Zoom Webinar Attendees Link: https://partners.zoom.us/j/87408017642 

 

This event will also be live casted in MGH in Yawkey 2-230. 

Groove to the Beat with Anita | 3:00 - 3:30 PM ET

Anita Handy 

 

Shake off that post lunch exhaustion, get out of your chair, and treat yourself to a movement break with a zoom Afro beat class taught by dance teacher Anita Handy. Enjoy 30 minutes of dance instruction and engage in upbeat, choreographed combinations influenced by African, Afro-Brazilian, Caribbean and jazz dance styles. Don’t worry if you miss it, the recording will be posted. 

 

Zoom Webinar Attendees Link: https://partners.zoom.us/j/88299017058 

 

This event will also be live casted in MGH in Yawkey 4-820. 

Poetry & Pieces Workshop: Poetry & Literature | 3:30 - 4:30 PM ET

Lisa Leung-Tat, MGH Cancer Center 

Similar to a book club, minus the need to read the book beforehand, Poetry & Pieces is a workshop where facilitators guide discussion around identity and other complex issues related to the human condition through exploring art.  In this 60-minute workshop, participants will discuss a number of pieces of poetry using an audience-centered facilitation method aimed at creating inclusive conversation around complex issues. No poetry experience or knowledge is required, just a willingness to participate listen, learn, and discuss. 

 

https://www.massgeneral.org/cancer-center/news/lisa-leung-tat-everyday-amazing 

 

Zoom Meeting Registration Link for Attendees: https://partners.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIvcOirpjsjEt2pQINTSBgr36zC2W6TIsxS 

 

This will also be live casted in MGH in Yawkey 4-820. 

Tuesday 2/22/2022

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Dr. King is the creator of the “Science of Social Justice” framework for research and facilitation which stipulates that well-being and social justice are one and the same thing, as well as the “Systems-Based Awareness Map” a model of the relationship between individual and collective awareness and well-being. In her talk she will discuss the neurobiological underpinnings of making and viewing art and its capacity to potentially offer healing for marginalized populations in clinical and non-clinical settings—a new paradigm of alternative community medicine which she has been studying. 

 

https://mindheartconsulting.com/ 

 

Zoom Webinar Attendees Link: https://partners.zoom.us/j/86023925482 

Poetry of Science | 6:00 - 7:00 PM ET

Joshua Sariñana, PhD; Director, the Poetry of Science 

The Poetry of Science is a multimodal project from co-creators Joshua Sariñana, PhD and Linsey Jayne, MFA. Using a grant from the Cambridge Arts Council, they brought together artists, poets, and people of color in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The focus of the project was to normalize people of color in these spaces, explore their experiences, and to inspire the next generation of people of color in STEM. The scientists had a number of one-on-one conversations with the poets about their journey to and through STEM, including their motivations and what they hoped the future would bring. Following these conversations, the poets wrote a poem for each individual and these images were paired with portraits taken by photographer and MassArt alum Vanessa Leroy. Join the collaborators discuss their process.  

Wednesday 2/23/2022

One heART: How Lisa Grounded in Yin Yoga | 9:00 - 10:00 AM ET

Lisa Leung-Tat, MGH Cancer Center 

As we celebrate Black History month’s 2022 theme of Black Health and Wellness, it’s important to explore the myriad of ways in which we can take care of the one body we have, as we aspire to optimal health. Strengthening ourselves physically but also mentally, because we live in a society that values stepping on the gas while operating at breakneck speed.  

  

This presentation on Yin Yoga sheds light on why, in order to maintain balance, we also need to indulge in practices that invites us to slow down, step off the gas and cultivate a sense of clarity by quieting the mind in this mediative and complimentary form of yoga.  

 

https://www.lisaleung-tatyoga.com/ 

 

Zoom Webinar Attendees Link: https://partners.zoom.us/j/83787226433 

This event will also be live casted in MGH in Yawkey 4-820. 

On Social Healing Through Conversation | 12:00 - 1:00 PM ET

Lucas Johnson, ThM; Executive Director, Civil Conversations and Social Healing, On Being Project

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The On Being Project, which includes the Public Radio Exchange syndicated On Being radio show, helps foster the human change that makes social transformation possible. In 2012 On Being started the Civil Conversations Project out of the feeling that "civic life is broken, that bipartisan consensus is inconceivable".  Lucas, the director of civil conversations and social healing leads the initiative on fixing a broken world though listening, reflecting, and understanding.  In this talk Lucas discusses the importance of social healing in medicine, tools to perpetuate change, and lessons learned.  

 

https://onbeing.org/author/lucas-johnson/ 

 

Zoom Webinar Attendees Link: https://partners.zoom.us/j/85309789308 

 

This event will also be live casted in MGH in Yawkey 4-910. 

Proud 2 b American: The Art & Life of Joe Diggs | 1:00 - 2:00 PM ET

Joe Diggs, Artist 

Extending Music Therapy to Communities of Color

| 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET

Marisabelle Diaz, MT-BC 

 

Come learn about new research aimed at creating a more equitable healthcare landscape at MGH. 

A musician from a young age, Marisabelle, was able to use her instruments to connect with healthy parts of herself. She now extends that understanding in her practice with patients at MGH Pediatrics. She will describe the implementation of services at MGH. In her research she has worked to identify if race, ethnicity or preference of language impacts the referrals to Music Therapy services at MGH, specifically for patients under the oncology care services. Her study also Examined the views of clinical providers regarding the implementation of music therapy services based on educational materials provided. 

 

https://www.massgeneral.org/cancer-center/patient-and-family-resources/supportive-care/integrative-therapies/marisabelle-diaz-falcon 

 

 

Zoom Webinar Attendees Link: https://partners.zoom.us/j/82334322399 

 

This event will also be live casted in MGH in YAWKEY 4-910. 

Frontiers in Equity: Current Topics | 3:00 - 4:30 PM ET 

Come hear about new and upcoming projects aimed at creating a more equitable healthcare landscape in Boston and beyond. 

 

Extending Music Therapy to Communities of Color

Marisabelle Diaz, MT-BC 

 

 

A musician from a young age, Marisabelle, was able to use her instruments to connect with healthy parts of herself. She now extends that understanding in her practice with patients at MGH Pediatrics. She will describe the implementation of services at MGH. In her research she has worked to identify if race, ethnicity or preference of language impacts the referrals to Music Therapy services at MGH, specifically for patients under the oncology care services. Her study also Examined the views of clinical providers regarding the implementation of music therapy services based on educational materials provided. 

https://www.massgeneral.org/cancer-center/patient-and-family-resources/supportive-care/integrative-therapies/marisabelle-diaz-falcon 

 

Contemplative Practices & Healing

David Robinson Morris, PhD

 

Thursday 2/24/2022

Move to Connect: Ayurveda and Yoga | 9:00 - 10:00 AM ET

Sharon Amos, RN; MGH 

Start the day off right with some free self-care instruction from providers in the Black community. As we celebrate Black History month’s 2022 theme of Black Health and Wellness, it’s important to explore the myriad of ways in which we can take care of the one body we have, as we aspire to optimal health. Strengthening ourselves physically but also mentally, because we live in a society that values stepping on the gas while operating at breakneck speed.   

 

Enjoy an introduction to Ayurveda and yoga including their interconnectivity; daily self-care Ayurvedic routine recommendations that can promote balance and health in the mind and body.; and a Chair Yoga mini-session incorporating breath, meditation, and movement. 

 

https://www.jpcentreyoga.com/staff//sharon-amos 

Zoom Webinar Attendees Link: https://partners.zoom.us/j/84509333292 

This event will also be live casted in MGH in YAWKEY 4-910. 

 

Poetry & Pieces Workshop: Visual Arts | 12:00 - 1:00 PM ET

Hosted By Andrea Shellman, Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital 

Similar to a book club, minus the need to read the book beforehand, Poetry & Pieces is a workshop where facilitators guide discussion around identity and other complex issues related to the human condition through exploring art.  In this 60-minute workshop, participants will discuss a number of pieces of visual artwork using a viewer-centered facilitation method aimed at creating inclusive conversation around complex issues. No art experience or knowledge is required, just a willingness to participate look, learn, and discuss. 

 

This event will also be live cast in MGH in Yawkey 4-820. 

 

Zoom Meeting Registration Link:  
https://partners.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIoc-2qrD8tHNROmuXuz5zUgUU7mPDW4Mjs 

 

At the heART: Planning for the Community | 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET

Sponsored by The Peoples’ heART  

The process of project development to join vastly disparate communities can be arduous. It’s when minds come together, magnifying the often-missed details, and comprise on ideas to benefit all involved, that magic happens. Join this collaborative conversation between friends and members of The Peoples’ heART as they work through the ideation process of an art based immersive experience to create a long-term pilot study that explores and records shared healing practices.   

 

https://www.thepeoplesheart.org/ 

 

Zoom Meeting Registration Attendees Link:  
https://partners.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcqdeqoqTIqGNxI2PTiI3y-lfkMjSmijphu 

 

This event will also be live casted in MGH in YAWKEY 4-910. 

 

Overcoming Imposter Syndrome in Black Women

| 7:00 - 8:00 PM ET

Sponsored by the Black Literacy and Arts Collaborative (B.L.A.C.) Project 

Ahjah Gage and Justine Mills

As Black women, we continually show up and show out in every aspect of our lives. Handling our business while achieving our dreams is just one aspect of our Black girl magic, but sometimes we lose sight of just how powerful we are. Sometimes, despite all our external feats of strength, awards, and accomplishments, we still internally feel like imposters. Well, sis, you are not a fraud, you're indeed magic. Join us as we dive into what Imposter Syndrome really is, how to identify it, and how to overcome it in your personal and professional lives.   

 

https://www.theblacproject.org/ 

Join the Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/92994912628?pwd=Q1lBRjZHcXZhMWdWeG5FQ240S3hpUT09 

This event will also be live casted in MGH in YAWKEY 4-910. 

Friday 2/25/2022

Care with Christine | 9:00 - 9:30 AM ET

Christine Rose, LMT; Yoga Instructor and co-founder of The Meeting Point 

Christine is back! Learning to care for our bodies takes practice and self-love. Christine will guide us through a 30-mins self-care routine, to teach us to calm our nerves in the midst of life whizzing by. Strengthening ourselves physically and mentally makes us resilient, an act of self-love. 

https://www.4cornersyogawellness.com/ 

Zoom Webinar Attendees Link: https://partners.zoom.us/j/85862065975 

This event will also be live casted in MGH at WHITE 4-418 

Context & Cooking | 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET

The Stinging Nettles Brujxs Collective 

Mama Fulani 

What foods keep us warm and nourished through the winter months? Join elder Fulani Hayes in a virtual cooking demonstration using organic, local, and sustainable foods to make a simple, seasonal, healing meal to eat together.  Cook alongside Ms. Hayes for a meal steeped in context to continue your journey into health. 

 

The Stinging Nettle Brujxs Healing Collective is a call to healing in a radical, decolonized way that is grounded in ancestral wisdom.  It is a collective that strives to create visibility of ancient healing and cultural traditions, led by multigenerational Black, Indigenous, Latinx, POC femme-identified vessels who are artists, mamas, brujxs, nurses, educators, healers, yerberas, students, yogis, and more. Stinging Nettle Brujxs Healing Collective uses skill-shares, workshops, pop-up clinics, community events, herbal walks, conferences, and retreats to co-create spaces for medicine to transcend into wellness. 

 

https://www.facebook.com/brujxshealingcollective/ 

 

Zoom Webinar Attendees Link: https://partners.zoom.us/j/84518476630 

 

This event will also be live casted in MGH in YAWKEY 4-418. 

Saturday 2/26/2022 & Sunday 2/27/2022 

Visit Black Boston 

Odds are that at some point you have come across the phrase “Buy Black”.  Since the reconstruction, there has been efforts to try and get Americans to support Black entrepreneurship. While there have been a number of attacks on Black business success, like the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre which destroyed Black Wall Street, Black entrepreneurship persists. That said, COVID-19 has disproportionally affected Black owned businesses, with Black owned businesses declining by 40% between February and April of 2020 (reference).  From Nubian Square, to Mattapan, to Jamacia Plain and the many Boston-based digital marketplaces that foster Black-owned businesses, there is no better time to make a sustainable change to your purchasing habits. 

Monday 2/28/2022 

Dee Dee’s Cry: Mental Health & Survivorship in Communities of Color  | 10:30 - 11:30 AM ET

Sponsored by McLean Hospital 

Toy Burton, Founder & Executive Director  

Hear about the work of Dee Dee’s Cry in the city of Boston. Started in 2017, when Toy noted a lack of resources for suicide survivorship and suicide loss survivors in the Black community, DeeDee’s Cry was named after her sister, Denita Shayne Morris (DeeDee), who died by suicide when she was twenty-three years old, in 1986. DeeDee’s Cry works to create family and community-friendly spaces, events, and activities about mental health and suicide prevention in communities of color.  http://www.deedeescry.com/ 

Zoom Webinar Attendees Link: https://partners.zoom.us/j/87817473560  

This event will also be live casted in MGH in O’KEEFE AUDITORIUM. 

Care With Christine | 9:00 - 9:30 AM ET

Christine Rose, LMT; Yoga Instructor and co-founder of The Meeting Point 

Start the day off right! It’s important to explore the myriad of ways in which we can take care of the one body we have, as we aspire to optimal health. Strengthening ourselves physically but also mentally, because we live in a society that values stepping on the gas while operating at breakneck speed. Christine will guide us through a 30-mins self-care routine to teach us to calm our nerves. 

 

https://www.4cornersyogawellness.com/ 

 

Zoom Webinar Attendees Link: https://partners.zoom.us/j/85810238456 

 

This will also be live casted in MGH in Yawkey 2-230. 

The Biopsychosocial Impact of Art on the Neurobiology of Stress: An Awareness-Based Approach to Healing Intergenerational Trauma | 12:00 - 1:00 PM ET

Sara King, MA, PhD; NIH post-doctoral fellow in Neurology, Oregon Center for Complementary Alternative Medicine in Neurological Disorders 

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Join American artist Joe Diggs for a conversation about his artwork, artistic process and a virtual tour of his art studio. Diggs’s studio overlooks Micha’s Pond in Osterville, MA, in an enclave of houses and cabins that belonged to his grandfather, father, and now Diggs. This location—a historic destination for Black Americans to summer, featured in the famous Negro Motorist Green Book—is as much a part of the art process as is Joe, as his artwork reflects the deep roots of his family, explores where he came from, how he got to where he is today, and the changing face of America. His multi-layered, multi-textured body of work blends figuration and abstraction exploring the complexities of race in America, and the intricacies of identity and culture. https://joediggsart.com/ 

 

Zoom Webinar Attendees Link: https://partners.zoom.us/j/84791154506 

 

This event will also be live casted in MGH in WHITE 4-418. 

Black History Month Keynote | 12:00 - 1:00 PM ET

Sponsored by the Brigham and Women’s Hospital 

Hasan Jeffries, PhD, Ohio State University 

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Join author, historian, and Ohio State professor Hasan Kwame Jeffries, PhD as he discusses the Black resilience. Dr Jeffries is the host of the Teaching Hard History: American Slavery podcast which is a production of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance Project. 

 

https://history.osu.edu/people/jeffries.57 

 

Zoom Webinar Registration Attendees Link: https://partners.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_5kK1WoQDQ9ecwAtAVN1cDA 

 

This event will also be live casted in MGH in YAWKEY 4-820. 

Ideas Arrangements Effects: Systems Thinking and Social Justice | 12:00 - 1:00 PM ET

Lori Lobenstine, Program Design Lead, DS4SI 

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Design Studio for Social Intervention (DS4SI) is an artistic research and development outfit for the improvement of civil society and everyday life, dedicated to changing how social justice is imagined, developed and deployed here in the United States. A collection of activists, artists, academics, designers, dreamers, tricksters, organizations and foundations, DS4SI designs and tests social interventions with and on behalf of marginalized populations, controversies and ways of life. 

 
From the devastating health disparities exposed by Covid-19 to the on-going racial injustices impacting the social determinants of health, we have our work cut out for us. Using the simple premise that ideas are embedded in arrangements, which in turn produce effects, this discussion will challenge participants to question the ideas embedded in the multiple, overlapping arrangements of health care that produce health inequities. Together we will explore possibilities for intervening in existing arrangements—systems, policies, and more, as well imagining new, more just and vibrant ones. 

 

https://www.ds4si.org/ 

 

Zoom Webinar Attendees Link: https://partners.zoom.us/j/83063489010 

 

This event will also be live casted in MGH in YAWKEY 4-810. 

Poetry of Science | 6:00 - 7:00 PM ET

Joshua Sariñana, PhD; Director, the Poetry of Science
Vanessa Leroyhttps://vanessaleroy.com/
Charles Coe https://www.charlescoe.org/
Luisa Fernanda Apolaya Torres @laletraviva
Dan Chonde, MD


The Poetry of Science is a multimodal project from co-creators Joshua Sariñana, PhD and Linsey Jayne, MFA. Using a grant from the Cambridge Arts Council, they brought together artists, poets, and people of color in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The focus of the project was to normalize people of color in these spaces, explore their experiences, and to inspire the next generation of people of color in STEM. The scientists had a number of one-on-one conversations with the poets about their journey to and through STEM, including their motivations and what they hoped the future would bring. Following these conversations, the poets wrote a poem for each individual and these images were paired with portraits taken by photographer and MassArt alum Vanessa Leroy. Join the collaborators discuss their process.

https://www.poetryofscience.org/gallery

Zoom Webinar Attendees Link: https://partners.zoom.us/j/82367750019

This event will also be live casted in MGH in O’Keefe Auditorium.

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A researcher, scholar, educator, advocate, reimagining the intersections of policy and practice of diversity, equity and inclusion, David Robinson, will reflect on his work in contemplative and healing practices. He focuses all his practices to answer what it means to be human. 

https://www.drmphd.com/about 

 

 

Zoom Webinar Attendees Link: https://partners.zoom.us/j/82334322399 

 

This event will also be live casted in MGH in YAWKEY 4-910. 

From Boston Hip Hop to Community Equity Work @ MGH

| 1:00 - 2:00 PM ET

Presented by MGH Radiology Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion 

Cindy Diggs; Community and Cultural Engagement ManagerCenter for Community Health Improvement, Mass General Hospital

Leah Gordon DNP, RN, CNP, FNP-C; Diversity Director for Patient Care Services, Center for Diversity and Inclusion, Mass General Hospital 

Dan Chonde, MD PhD; Executive Director, The Peoples’ heART Project 

Moderated by Efren Flores, MD; Associate Chair for Equity, Inclusion and Community Health of Mass General Brigham Enterprise Radiology 

Cindy Diggs started her professional life as a Boston club promoter in the 90s, during the golden age of hip hop. In response to a rise in violence in her community of Roxbury, Cindy had the idea of promoting antiviolence though hip hop.  What developed has been a decades long career in community advocacy to address what we now refer to as the social determinants of health.  This conversation will include Leah Gordon, who met Cindy as a hip hop journalist, and became one of the many people impacted by Cindy’s hip hop activism who went on to careers in healthcare and who’s story and career also includes the remix of health and hip hop.  

 

 

Zoom Webinar Attendees Link: https://partners.zoom.us/j/6089724590 

 

This event will also be live casted in MGH in O’KEEFE AUDITORIUM.