Science, Race and Racism: BUILD PODER's 2nd Annual Conference

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 - 9:30am to 12:30pm

Northridge Center (at the University Student Union)
Science, Race, Racism | Weds. Nov. 2, 9:30 a.m. - !2:30 p.m. at the Northridge Center


The 2nd annual fall conference is part of BUILD PODER’s efforts to promote the presence of under-represented students in the biomedical fields.

This is a day-long event featuring a student poster session, presentations by two respected scholars, and a dynamic and social justice art installation from Alex Ojeda, MOSAIC mentors and mentees.

The presenters will interrogate the history of racism in the sciences, as well as its positive impact today on communities of color. Students will be exposed to the significance of their involvement in biomedical research and practice.

View the full video of the conference at the BUILD PODER Youtube channel



Dr. Miroslava Chávez-García

Miroslava Chávez-García is Professor in the Department of History at the University of California at Santa Barbara and author of States of Delinquency: Race and Science in the Making of California’s Juvenile Justice System (University of California Press, 2012).

Dr. Karina Walters

Karina L. Walters, an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, is the Associate Dean for Research, the Katherine Hall Chambers Scholar, and the Director and Principal Investigator of the Indigenous Wellness Research Institute at the University of Washington.

This event is free to attend but RSVP is required via our online form. Sign Language Interpreters available upon request. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact

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