Health Sciences Common Book Series

​​​​​​​Each year, the Health Sciences Service Learning and Advocacy Group selects a common book that will engage students from across the health sciences in substantive, interprofessional dialogue about pressing topics related to health equity and social justice.​

Announcement: February 9th Daylong Teach-In

Join us for all or part of The New Jim Crow Common Book Daylong Teach-In, February 9th, No Sanctuary: Understanding Historical and Contemporary Intersections of Mass Incarceration, Racism, and Health
All events are free and open to the public (see schedule of events below)
Please RSVP by going to Email if you have any  questions about these events. We hope to see you there!  
•Directions and accessibility information can be found at the bottom of this email. 

Session 1: How did we end up here? Historicizing Mass Incarceration and Contemporary Health Disparities (Panel and Discussion) 
Tuesday, February 9th, 2016 | Time: 10:30-12:00 PM | Location: Ethnic Cultural Center, Unity Room

Featuring Dr. Hedy Lee and Dr. Alexes Harris from the Dept. of Sociology.

Lunch and Small Group Discussions 
Tuesday, February 9th, 2016 | Time: 12:00-12:30 PM | Location: Ethnic Cultural Center, Unity Room

Session 2: Providing Humane Care in Inhumane Circumstances: A Panel of Health Professionals who Work with People who are Incarcerated 
Tuesday, February 9th, 2016 | Time: 12:30-2:00 PM | Location: Ethnic Cultural Center, Unity Room

Featuring Cheryl Cooke, Associate Professor of Nursing with a research focus on effects of incarceration on individuals, families, and communities; JoiSky Caudill, lead facilitator of Red Will, a group for incarcerated native women; Marc Stern, a correctional healthcare consultant and MD; Kate Stanley, a Family Nurse Practitioner and former employee at the DesMoines jail; and Richard Murphy, Chief of Dentistry for Washington Department of Corrections.  

Session 3: For Health Equity, We Need Liberation: A Conversation with Community Activists Working to End Mass Incarceration
Tuesday, February 9th, 2016 | Time: 2:00-3:30 PM | Location: Ethnic Cultural Center, Unity Room

Featuring Nikkita Oliver, Artist, Educator, Anti-Racist Organizer, Activist, and Lawyer; Ardell Shaw, Community Organizer with the Black Prisoners Caucus; and Lillian Hewko, Community Organizer with the Incarcerated Parents Project  

Session 4: So What’s Next?  A Workshop for Cultivating Commitments toward Racial and Health Justice 
Tuesday, February 9th, 2016 | Time: 3:30-4:30 PM | Location: Ethnic Cultural Center, Unity Room

Organized and facilitated by Students for an Anti-Racist University of Washington

Evening Keynote: Ending Mass Incarceration: Perspectives from Across the Aisle
Tuesday, February 9th, 2016 | Time: 7:00-9:00 PM | Location: Kane Hall, Room 120 | RSVP HERE

Featuring guest speakers Alison Holcomb, Director of American Civil Liberty Union, and Marc A. Levin, Policy Director of Right on Crime. Facilitated by Phyllis Fletcher from KUOW.

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The Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center is located in the West-Campus area of the UW Seattle campus, near West-Campus residence halls. 
Driving Directions: From I5, Northbound or Southbound, exit at NE 45th, heading east or towards the University of Washington. Turn right on Brooklyn Avenue and work your way down to NE 40th. The ECC is on the SE corner of 40th/Brooklyn on the left (east) side. 
From SR520 Westbound, exit at Mountlake Blvd. After merging with traffic, work your way to the left-hand lane. Just across the bridge, turn left onto Pacific Street. Turn right onto Brooklyn Ave. The ECC is on your right, immediately before NE 40th Street.
Kane Hall is located on the north side of Red Square on the UW Seattle campus. View a map showing the location. Paid parking is available in the Central Plaza Garage below Kane Hall for $10; additional paid parking is available in several west campus lots (W6, W12, W14) for $5 (cash only at automated pay stations). 
Driving Directions: From I-5, take the NE 45th Street exit (#169). Turn east onto NE 45th Street. Continue east about one quarter mile to 15th Avenue NE and turn right. Head south on 15th Avenue three blocks to NE 41st Street. Turn left at Gate #1 into the Central Plaza Garage. Stop at the gatehouse inside the garage for directions and a parking permit. 
Transit Information: There are more than 60 bus routes from all over King and Snohomish counties serving the University District. For more information on taking a bus to the UW, visit the regional online trip planner provided by King County Metro.

*To request disability accommodation, contact the Disability Services Office at 206.543.6450 (voice), 206.543.6452 (TTY), 206.685.7264 (FAX), or, preferably at least 10 days in advance of the event. This event is wheelchair accessible. 

**We ask that you do not wear scented/fragranced products (e.g. perfume, hair products) or essential oils the day of the event in order to make the event accessible to those with chemical injury or multiple chemical sensitivity. For more info:

Announcement: 2015-2016 Common Book Read for Health Science Students- The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

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The Health Sciences Service Learning and Advocacy Group is pleased to announce this year’s Health Sciences Common Book: The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander.  In the wake of the Charleston massacre, the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, and the continued legacy of state-sanctioned violence against black people in the United States, it is imperative that future health professionals understand how this country’s legacy of racial violence and white supremacy contributes to and produces the racialized health disparities that are observed in and beyond clinical and social work settings.  By using The New Jim Crow as a jumping off point, the Health Sciences Common Book Series will prime students from across the health professions to understand and act to undo institutional racism, which is woven into the very fabric of all U.S. American institutions, including our criminal justice, educational and health care systems.

Students, staff, and faculty in the Schools of Nursing, Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Public Health and Social Work should plan to read this book over the summer and come prepared to participate in the 2015-2016 Health Sciences Common Book Series, which will include workshops and lectures that invite students to dialogue about and build skills to address health disparities, mass incarceration and racial oppression. 
If you or a student group you’re a part of would like to play a role in planning part of the series, contact Kelsen Caldwell at!  Visit our fa​​cebook page and sign up for the Common ​Book Listserv​ to stay-up-to-date on the schedule for the series.   

Archive of Past Common Book Events​​