E. Lorraine Baugh Visiting Faculty Scholars

Past Scholars

Margarita AlegríaSamuel Betances Candi Castleberry-SingletonVicki Deal-Williams Shaun HarperAnthony A. Jack Sherman James • Dr. Lori Patton Davis • Shane SnowdonDr. Howard C. Stevenson Maysoon Zayid


February 17, 2022: David Stovall, PhD

"Engaging the Social Determinants of Health: Race, Structure, and Wellbeing," engaged the relationship between racism and health, as communities of color in large cities are bearing the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic and health professionals throughout the country are slowly coming to grips with the fact that structural racism deeply impacts health outcomes. Using critical public health and critical epidemiology, Dr. Stovall discussed how, while many understand the current health crisis to be new, others have known it has been with us since time immemorial.


About the Baugh Visiting Faculty Scholars

Honoring a long-serving trustee and first chair of the Institute’s Board of Trustees, now an Honorary Trustee, this award supports a visiting faculty speaker series with an emphasis on diversity and inclusion in the health professions. Established in 2012, this program is made possible by the support of MGH Institute Honorary Trustee Carol M. Taylor and her husband, John H. Deknatel. The couple established the fund because, as Taylor said, “modeling success and helping set goals with regard to diversity is important for students, and a faculty role model can be quite powerful.”

In choosing to honor Baugh, Taylor said, “Ever since I joined the Board of Trustees in 2004, Lorraine has served as an inspiration and beacon on issues of diversity. While the Institute has made great strides in recent years, our hope is that establishing this award will help further advance the importance and value of diversity and inclusion to ensure our graduates are well-prepared to care for an increasingly diverse society.”


Prior Baugh Series Presentations


Masks, Mattering, Magic and Movements: Exploring the Challenges and Opportunities to Support Minoritized Students in Higher Education

Dr. Lori Patton Davis, one of the most influential scholars in the field of higher education, presented on Friday, March 26, 2021 at Noon via Zoom. In this presentation, Dr. Lori Patton Davis discussed the landscape of scholarship on minoritized students in higher education and the slow progress among campuses to implement change. Audience members learned why change is not only difficult but often fleeting in predominantly white educational environments. Recommendations for practice and policy were offered. The Office of Justice Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion held its inaugural Social Justice Research Conference following the Baugh Lecture, an opportunity to come together as an institution to engage in critical conversations about our collective commitment to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion research.

The Lion’s Story Reckoning: Disrupting Dehumanization with Racial Literacy

Dr. Howard C. Stevenson, Constance Clayton Professor of Urban Education, Professor of Africana Studies, in the Human Development & Quantitative Methods Division of the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania presented on September 21, 2020.

In addition to teaching, Stevenson is director of Forward Promise, a national program funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to help young men of color and their families heal from the trauma of historical and present-day dehumanization, discrimination, and colonization. Stevenson discussed research findings showing how racial literacy, whether taught formally through the Forward Promise program or by parents who talk with their children about race, can help resolve those kinds of personal encounters. Dr. Stevenson is Executive Director of the Racial Empowerment Collaborative (REC), a research, program development, and training center that brings together community leaders, researchers, authority figures, families, and youth to study and promote racial literacy and health in schools and neighborhoods. Since 1985, Dr. Stevenson has served as a clinical and consulting psychologist working in impoverished rural and urban neighborhoods across the country. Read more and watch the lecture.

The Privileged Poor

Anthony A. Jack, a sociologist of poverty and inequality as well as a nationally renowned author and speaker, presented on June 23, 2020. Read more and watch recording.

Race, Equity, and Student Success in Higher Education

Dr. Shaun Harper, Provost Professor in the Rossier School of Education and Marshall School of Business and Executive Director of the Race and Equity Center at the University of Southern California, presented on November 5, 2018.

Making the Connection: Our Best Strategy to Reduce Behavioral Health Disparities

Dr. Margarita Alegría, Chief of the Disparities Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, presented on April 4, 2018.

John Henryism and the Health of African Americans

Dr. Sherman James, Susan B. King Distinguished Emeritus Professor, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University, presented on October 16, 2017.

Optimizing Care for your LGBT Patients: What They'd Like You to Know

Shane Snowdon, Founding Director of the Center for LGBT Health and Equity at the University of California, presented on March 9, 2017. Watch video.

Racial Justice Strategies for the Health Care Community

Social workers Abigail Ortiz and Dennie Butler-MacKay from the Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center presented on December 8, 2016. The speakers have extensive experience working with youth, communities, and clinicians on how to minimize the impact of structural racism on health and form racial affinity groups. Watch video.

Translating Neuroscience Research to Neurorehabilitation Practice

Alexandre Carter, MD, PhD, gave the seventh E. Lorraine Baugh Visiting Faculty Scholar Lecture "Translating Neuroscience Evidence to Neurorehabilitation Practice" on April 13, 2016. Dr. Carter is an assistant professor in the Division of Stroke and Traumatic Brain Injury in the Department of Neurology at Washington University. Watch video.

I Got 99 Problems...Palsy is Just One

Maysoon Zayid, who has cerebral palsy, spoke at the 6th E. Lorraine Baugh Visiting Faculty Lecture series on March 25, 2015. She began and ended her presentation with portions from her hilarious routine “I’ve Got 99 Problems ... Palsy is Just One,” which was the most-watched Ted Talk in 2014.

Rethinking the Culture of Education in America: Promoting Student Success and Minority Achievement in STEM and the Health Professions

On Monday, December 8, 2014, Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, President of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, spoke on expanding underrepresented minority participation in America's science and health care. Watch video.

Creator of Dignity & Respect Campaign Shares Message of Inclusion

On March 24, 2014, Candi Castleberry Singleton, Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, shared her personal story as well as the tenets of the Dignity & Respect Campaign with the Institute community. Watch video.

Diversity Intelligence as a Mission Imperative for Health Care Professionals

On October 7, 2013, Dr. Samuel Betances, world-renowned diversity consultant for three U.S. presidents, presented "Diversity Intelligence as a Mission Imperative for Health Care Professionals." Watch video.

Experiences of Faculty of Color in Schools of Nursing and Medicine

On March 6, 2013, Dena Hassouneh, PhD, RN, ANP, PMHNP, APRN-BC, Associate Professor at Oregon Health & Science University School of Nursing, presented “Experiences of Faculty of Color in Schools of Nursing and Medicine.” Watch video.

Toward a Culture of Inclusion

Diversity can exist without inclusion, but inclusion cannot exist without diversity. That was the underlying message given by Vicki R. Deal-Williams, MA, CCC-SLP, CAE, the speaker for the inaugural E. Lorraine Baugh Visiting Faculty Scholar Series lecture on December 5, 2012, during her talk entitled, “Toward a Culture of Inclusion.” Watch video.