Plenary Speaker Grace E. Henry, EdD – Moving Beyond Bias

By: John-Michael Maury, UC-San Diego – School of Medicine

ASPE Virtual Conference 2021 attendees were honored to receive the wisdom from opening plenary speaker Grace E. Henry, EdD. Dr. Henry is the Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion in the School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) at George Washington University. With over 22 years of higher education experience in the areas of Student Activities, Leadership Development, Freshman Orientation, Greek Life, Judicial Services, Residential Life, Student Organization Risk Management, Diversity and Inclusion, and Anti-Racism Education Dr. Henry presented us all with a vast array of information. We were very fortunate to have this proud native of St. Thomas, USVI share with us her knowledge and experience.

Dr. Henry pointed out that for herself, growing up on St. Thomas – she witnessed others who looked like her in government jobs as well as all other local jobs. She didn’t have a belief built in of not mattering or belonging. In fact, as she shared, she was taught that she was superior in the Caribbean because she was an American. It wasn’t until she went to school that bias and racism were brought to her attention.

To listen to Dr. Henry define and inform approaches to diversity, equity, inclusion, bias, race and belonging watch the full presentation here.

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