A compilation of resources, events, and initiatives focused on pursuing racial justice. 

If you would like to add to this list, please contact the HSC Ministry team at HSCMinistry@luc.edu.

These webpages are a collaborative work between Health Sciences Ministry
and the Hank Center for Catholic Intellectual Heritage.


MLK Book Discussion:
Across That Bridge: A Vision for Change and the Future of America
 by John Lewis
Friday, January 29, 2020, 12-1pm Central


LUC faculty, staff, students, and alumni are invited to participate in the MLK Book Discussion. We will commemorate Civil Rights icon, the late Congressman John Lewis. Congressman Lewis won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work, and we are excited to explore a rich discussion about his book, Across That Bridge: A Vision for Change and the Future of America, on January 29 from 12:00PM - 1:00PM CST. We encourage you to bring your lunch. 

Interested in participating? Preferred registration by January 27 is available. Once registered, you will receive the Zoom meeting information to join us on January 29.   

Book Reading
A limited number of electronic copies of Congressman Lewis' book are available through Loyola's University Libraries. Alternatively, below are several local, independent retailers that may have the book available for purchase: 

Get Involved - Discussion Facilitator's Needed
Are you interested in volunteering as a Discussion Facilitator? Register to attend the Book Discussion by January 15, and we will provide additional information about volunteering on January 29.




Implicit Bias Training Session 2
Thursday, January 7, 2020, 6:00-7:15pm Central

Presented by White Coats for Black Lives

Join us for a night of introspection, education and conversation surrounding four models of leadership central to overcoming. We will be joined by Dr. Hatchett who will be discussing a framework to address implicit bias individually and collectively, with a mindfulness-based approach. Attendance at the first session is not required.

Please register here for this event.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Recommended reading: Mindful of Race: Transforming Racism from the Inside Out by Ruth Kin

Featured co-facilitators: 

  • Dr. Lena Hatchett
    • Lena Hatchett, PhD, is Director of Community and University Partnerships in the Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago. She leads the institution in health equity research and education through program and policy development. Dr. Hatchett’s research reduces racial and economic health disparities.  To improve the local food systems, Dr. Hatchett co-founded the Maywood Multicultural Farmers Market and the Cook County Green Corps, a youth green job training program. 
    • Learn more about Dr. Hatchett here: https://hsd.luc.edu/bioethics/aboutus/facultydirectory/people/lenahatchettphd/
  • Ailie Kuutan
    • Aili Kuutan helps people who overthink do what they feel like they're meant to do.  She's a coach and yoga & meditation teacher with a degree in Engineering and is certified by the National Board for Health & Wellness Coaching.  On her podcast, Pure Light, she explores how to believe in yourself and be happy with who you are.  Find her at ailikuutan.com
  • Kelley Gray
    • Kelley Gray is a Project Manager for Proviso Partners for Health, a community-driven, multi-sector coalition that promotes community health, health equity, and transformational systems change.  She serves on the leadership team by creating curriculums, co-facilitating and providing support for community wellness programs. She is also the founder and facilitator of “True You” a curated space of healing from racial trauma for black people.  She holds a B.S. in Human Resources from Illinois State University and a M.A. in Social Justice from Loyola University Chicago.

Let's Talk: Privilege, Racism and Collective Healing Webinar on Mental Health and Racial Trauma
Monday, November 23, 2020, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT

Presented by White Coats for Black Lives

Tandra Rutledge, Director, Business Development, Riveredge Hospital
Board of Directors for the Illinois Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Please register here in advance of this event. 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

*EGR & CCGH Honors Supported Lecture Credit

Session 4: Reconciliation, Reparations, and Racial Justice in Healthcare:
What do Catholic institutions owe?

Wednesday, October 28, 7-8pm Central

To view a recording of this event, please click here.

Theme: What would it look like for Catholic universities, medical schools, hospital systems, and other employers to implement true racial justice? What form might reparations take?

Panelists: Dr. Therese Lysaught, PhD, Professor and Director, Graduate Program in Healthcare Mission Leadership, Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics & Healthcare Leadership at Loyola Chicago - Bio, Dr. Cory Mitchell, Director of Mission Integration, Mercy Health - Bio, and Dr. Malik Henfield, PhD, Professor and Dean of the School of Education at Loyola University Chicago - Bio

Date: October 28 at 7-8pm

Session 3: The Role of Faith Communities in Dismantling White Supremacy in the U.S. 
Wednesday, October 14, 7-8pm Central

To view the recording of this event, please click here.

Theme: How might churches and other faith communities take up the work for dismantling white supremacy in the U.S. healthcare system? What specific steps could be taken now both individually and structurally? What are the long term goals? What can faith leaders do to lead their communities in dismantling the structure of white supremacy?

Panelists: Dr. Shawnee Daniels-Sykes, PhD, Associate Professor of Theology and Ethics, Mount Mary University - Bio and Ralph McCloud, Director, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops - Bio

Date: October 14 at 7-8pm

Session 2: Systemic Racism in the U.S. Healthcare System
Tuesday, September 29, 7-8pm Central

To view the recording of this event, please click here.

Theme: How does the U.S. healthcare system maintain white supremacy through deliberate and disproportionate denial adequate health care to black and brown individuals/communities?

Panelists: Dr. Brian Williams, MD, Associate Professor of Surgery, University of Chicago Medical School - Bio, Jessica Simpson, MPH, Founder of White Coats for Black Lives at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine - Bio

Date: October 6 at 7-8pm


 Racial Justice Grand Rounds: Training Health Care Workers to 
Provide Equally Compassionate Patient Centered Medical Care 
Tuesday, September 29, 7-8pm

To view the recording of this event, please click here.

Theme: What is the first-hand experience of patients and providers who are Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC)? What specific steps could medical schools, hospital systems, and individual health care providers take?

Panelists: Dr. David Ansell, MD, MPH (Senior Vice President for Community Health Equity, Rush University Medical Center -Bio), Dr. Lena Hatchett, PhD (Associate Professor, Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics, Stritch School of Medicine and Director, Community and University Partnerships -Bio)

Moderator: Jessica Simpson, MPH

Questions regarding this event can be directed to Michael Bayer or the Stritch School of Medicine White Coats for Black Lives team.



LUC Faculty & Staff: Ignatian Spirituality Series: Racial Justice 
September 17, 2020

Please RSVP to HSCMinistry@luc.edu by Monday, September 14, 2020. 

This session hopes to build upon the resources circulated for self-learning regarding racial justice during the Ignatian Days of Service this past July/August. We hope to accomplish this through pre-session circulation and review of resources, in-session review of a the "Danger of a Single Story" video, and facilitated conversation around this resource and others.