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Critical Moment in Bioethics: Reckoning with Anti-Blackness through Intergenerational Dialogue


Oct 14, 2021 12:30 PM

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Faith E. Fletcher, PhD, MA
Senior Advisor @The Hastings Center
Faith Fletcher is an assistant professor in the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Fletcher is currently co-chair of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities RACE Affinity Group, a national special interest group committed to promoting bioethics discourse and cross-disciplinary collaboration around social and structural disadvantage. Her research over the past decade investigates the health care and research experiences of traditionally marginalized and stigmatized populations to inform ethically grounded and community-centered practices and strategies. Her scholarship is enhanced through the Fordham University HIV Research Ethics Training Institute Fellowship, and highlights the importance of centering the narratives and research experiences of women living with HIV to inform evidence-based research guidance. Dr. Fletcher is also a contributor to the American Public Health Association’s new Code of Public Health Ethics.
Claretta Y. Dupree, PhD
Registered Nurse @RACE Affinity Group
Claretta Y. Dupree is a registered nurse with a wide variety of clinical and academic experiences in both the civilian and military sectors. Dr. Dupree was previously an assistant professor at Medical College of Wisconsin, where she was the Director of Research of the Pediatric Palliative Care Department. She graduated in 1975 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Tennessee Center for the Health Sciences in Memphis. Her naval career began soon after with a direct commission, followed by Officers' Indoctrination School at Newport, RI. Dr. Dupree earned a Master of Science in Oncology Nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston in 1985 and completed a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Nursing with a minor in Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee in May, 1998.
Keisha S. Ray, PhD
Assistant Professor @McGovern Center For Humanities & Ethics, University of Texas
Keisha Ray earned a PhD in philosophy from the University of Utah. Before becoming an assistant professor with the McGovern Center for Humanities & Ethics, she was an assistant professor of philosophy at Texas State University, a postdoctoral fellow with the McGovern Center, a lecturer at various universities in Texas and Utah, and a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Bioethics and Humanities at the University of South Carolina. Most of Dr. Ray’s work focuses on the social determinants of racial disparities in health and health care and incorporating race education into medical school curricula. She has contributed to peer-reviewed journals, edited volumes, and textbooks and currently has two monographs in progress on racial disparities in health. Dr. Ray was also appointed as senior editor of the American Journal of Bioethics online blog site to which she is a regular contributor.
Virginia A. Brown, PhD, MA
Assistant Professor @Dell Medical School, University of Texas
Virginia A. Brown, Ph.D., is an assistant professor at Dell Medical School in the Department of Population Health and a courtesy assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. She earned her master’s degree in philosophy with a concentration in ethics and public policy and her doctorate in sociology with concentrations in race, class, gender and medical sociology. Dr. Brown's areas of interest include the structural determinants of health, (conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age) and their influence on health and health care outcomes. Through the theoretical lens of historical materialism, she seeks to disrupt how the social and political structures contribute to the formation and reformation of racial bias in health and health care.
Jennifer McCurdy, PhD, BSN, MH, HEC-C
Multicultural Postdoctoral Fellow @University of Alaska
Jennifer McCurdy is a critical social bioethicist whose work focuses on understanding and eliminating racial and colonial injustices in contemporary health settings and communities. Dr. McCurdy is also co-chair of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities RACE Affinity Group