2021 Black History Month Celebration

2021 Inaugural Black History Month Celebration
Theme: Celebrating Black Excellence and Perseverance

Zoom Link for all events:
Meeting ID: 925 8729 0183
Passcode: 01720

Week 1

Monday, February 1
7:00pm - 8:00pm

Health Policy: The Use of Regulatory Boards and Policy in New Hampshire

Presented by Dr. Lawrence Cresswell, DO, JD

Dr. Lawrence Cresswell is a native of Rochester, New York, who moved to New Orleans at the age of 17 to attend Xavier University of Louisiana.    After graduating from Xavier with majors in biology and chemistry, he attended the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine in Long Island, NY where he earned his Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine.  Dr. Cresswell completed his residency (including a year as Chief Resident) in Emergency Medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY.

After completing his residency in 2009, Dr. Cresswell returned to New Orleans, working at Ochsner Medical Center, New Orleans East Hospital, East Jefferson General Hospital and the New Orleans VA Medical Center.   He has served as Medical Director for the Department of Emergency Medicine at both Ochsner Baptist Medical Center and New Orleans East Hospital.  From 2013-2017 Dr. Cresswell completed a law degree from Loyola University while working full time as an emergency physician.  Dr. Cresswell is looking forward to using his experience as a physician as well as his knowledge of the law in his work with the Investigations staff and the board.

Tuesday, February 2
12:15pm - 1:00pm

Black Female Poetry - Words of Inspiration

Presented by Adina Harri MS1, White Coats for Black Lives
Come to celebrate Black female excellence in poetry, reflect, and be inspired through a close reading of two poems, contemporary and historical.



Week 2

Monday, February 8
5:30pm - 6:30pm

Discussion on Black Men in White Coats (BMWC)

with Dr. Dale Okorodudu

Black Men In White Coats is a movement to support young African American men and boys who dream to become Medical Doctors. BMWC was the vision of Dr. Dale Okorodudu, who launched the BMWC website six years ago after seeing a 2013 Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) report that the already under-represented percentage of black men in medical school was decreasing. In response, Dr. Okorodudu filmed the very first Black Men In White Coats video, which was released May 19th, 2013. Dr. Okorordudu has graciously agreed to lead us in a discussion on this film.

Register below to be sent the link to view the film, which can be viewed February 5th - 7th: dartgo.org/geiselbhm-bmwcscreening

Thursday, February 11
12:15pm - 1:00pm

Scientist Spotlight: Dr. Kizzmekia S. Corbett, PhD

Presented by Kathleen Wilson MS1, White Coats for Black Lives

Let’s shine a light on the work of an influential black scientist who helped bring the COVID vaccine to fruition.


Friday, February 12
5:30pm - 7:00pm

Keynote Address

Dr. Joyce Sackey, D'85, MED '89

Joyce Sackey, MD, is Dean of Global Health & Multicultural Affairs and Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine, as well as a practicing internist at Tufts Medical Center. Dr. Sackey also spearheads Tufts’ commitment to promoting diversity and equality in the health science professions by working to recruit and graduate people with backgrounds that are underrepresented in the field. She also manages the school’s “pipeline” programs, which work with middle and high school students as well as college students to increase minority students' interest in and inspire young people to consider the fields of medicine, biomedical sciences, and health professions. Dr. Sackey will discuss her journey in medicine as a black woman and how these experiences have shaped who she is today. In line with our theme for this month, Dr. Sackey exemplifies black excellence and perseverance.


Saturday, February 13
10:00am - 11:30am

Guided Meditation, Mindful Movement, and Dialogue for Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC)

with Abraham Dejene, MBA RYT-200

This seminar will offer a unique opportunity for the BIPOC (Black Indigenous People of Color) community to practice Mindfulness in a space that is intentionally cultivated for them. Through it, participants will learn the principles of practice, develop their own mindfulness practice, and apply principles to daily life. They will learn strategies to skillfully work with thoughts, emotions, and sensations. Through guided meditations and mindful movement, they will develop their capacity to enhance mind-body awareness of present-moment experience. Through the lens of Mindfulness, we will openly discuss the impact race and race relations have on personal and professional lives and create room for participants to authentically share their experiences. Please note that this event is solely for those who identify as BIPOC!

Week 3

Tuesday, February 16
5:30pm - 7:00pm

Black Physician Panel

Odeth Barrett-Campbell, MBBS
Irene Dankwa-Mullan MED ‘97
Faith Goronga, MD
Rondall Lane, MED’98

During this panel, we will honor the Black physicians and pioneers in medicine, discuss the various inspirations that bring Black people to medicine, and bring attention to the struggles faced in pursuing and excelling in this career. Dr. Barrett-Campbell is a PGY5 Hematology-Oncology Fellow and Dr. Goronga is a PL-3 Pediatrics Resident both at DHMC. Dr. Dankwa-Mullan is a physician-researcher and the Deputy Chief Health Officer for IBM Corporation, IBM Watson Health. Dr. Lane is an Associate Clinical Professor of anesthesiology at UCSF.

Thursday, February 18
5:30pm - 6:30pm

Black History at Dartmouth

Presented by Kenneth Williams MS4

Kenneth will be walking us through the history of firsts that begun here at Dartmouth. He has collected information about Black people throughout the years in the Dartmouth community.

Week 4

Wednesday, February 24
12:15pm - 1:00pm

Art and Medicine - The Art of Healing

Presented by Isabelle Tersio MS2, White Coats for Black Lives

Reflect upon works of art to help us unpack, process, and begin the journey of healing our medical system beyond the clinic




Thursday, February 25
6:30pm - 8:30pm

Trivia Night and Happy Hour

Facilitated by Geisel's Student National Medical Association (SNMA) and Black Students Association at Tuck (BSAT)

Join SNMA and BSAT for an amazing night of trivia, good times, and unlimited laughs. Our trivia will include questions on popular culture, icons in black history, your favorite cookout songs, and much more! You can’t have a trivia night without a prize, so we will be giving out $250, $150, and $100 gift cards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes respectively! Come ready to have fun and meet some of your fellow students, colleagues, and alumni/alumna! We will be playing in teams of fives. To register your team, fill out this form by February 24th: https://dartgo.org/bhm-trivianightregistration 


Events Co-Sponsored By:
Geisel Office for Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement (DICE)
Geisel Office of Development and Alumni Relations
Tuck School of Business Black Students Association
Geisel Student Government
White Coats for Black Lives
Dartmouth College Minority Association of Pre- Medical Students (MAPS)

For questions and more content, find SNMA on social media or reach out to them via email.