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

November 18, 2016

The 2nd annual fall conference is part of BUILD PODER’s efforts to promote the presence of under-represented students in the biomedical fields. It was 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 interrogated the history of racism in the sciences, as well as its positive impact today on communities of color. Students were exposed to the significance of their involvement in biomedical research and practice. The conference also received coverage by CSUN Today

You can view the full conference keynote at our Youtube channel.

To read more about the Science, Race, Racism's "Critical Race Theory: Core Themes", access the PDF.


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.