"Being Other": A Community Discussion Series

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 Sponsored by Peabody, JHAA Affinity, Hopkins at Home, and The Office of Diversity and Inclusion

2020 brought us more than a pandemic. During this unprecedented time, our country has been asked to confront the glaring inequities that have existed for years between the races. As the anniversary of George Floyd’s murder nears, we ask ourselves if the marches and protests, in our country and around the globe, have affected real change. Has the daily existence of the members of the Black/African-American community changed significantly? Join Black/African-American members of the Hopkins community as they engage in a conversation centered around their experiences this year. Following this livestream, we invite participants to join our panelists in small group conversations via Zoom during which we will explore these 2 questions:

1) What positive changes have you seen in the last year? 

2) What gives you hope? What do you think needs to happen next? 

Come prepared to listen, engage, reflect, and share experiences. 

To register for the SMALL GROUP CONVERSATION, please use the following link here.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

To watch the LIVESTREAM PANEL DISCUSSION visit the Hopkins at Home website here.

Ike Amakiri A&S '16
Ike Amakiri Headshot
Ike grew up in Union, New Jersey and graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a Bachelor of Science in Molecular and Cellular Biology in 2016. As an undergraduate, Ike worked in several molecular biology research labs and founded a tutoring program for inner city Baltimore athletes. After graduating, he then went on to work for the reunion team in the Alumni Relations Office at JHU and a physician recruitment medical startup, Elsayyad Medical Group, where he generated and managed clients in search of health professionals for their multi-specialty practices.  

Ike pursued an MD-MBA at Geisel School of Medicine and Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth in order to learn systematic ways to improve patient outcomes in the US and Nigeria. His appreciation for the intersection of healthcare and management was solidified while working for startup healthcare technology, delivery, and medical device companies such as GoHealth Urgent Care, TEX Splint, and Cohere Health.

Throughout his time in medical school, Ike served as co-president of the Orthopaedic Interest Group, was the treasurer of Geisel’s Student National Medical Association, and lead initiatives to create an alumni network for underrepresented minorities at Geisel that would provide focused mentorship.  He also has presented at various conferences and published several articles in orthopaedic surgery journals.

After completing his MD and MBA in June, Ike will begin his training in orthopaedic surgery at Mass General Hospital/Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency Program in Boston, MA.

In his spare time, Ike enjoys playing pickup basketball, having a toss on the lacrosse field, and watching his favorite show, Shark Tank. 

Kristina Smith Bus '00, CDP (Certified Diversity Professional) 
Kristina Smith HeadshotKristina (pronouns: she, her, hers) is passionate about creating learning communities at work.  When people learn from one another across differences, the levels of engagement, employee satisfaction, and productivity are increased significantly.  
Kristina is a life time leaner and a professed “book-a-holic”.  She thoroughly enjoys reading about how to help people communicate better.  She is certified in Conversational Intelligence (C-IQ) which is the neuroscience of conversations.  
While her undergraduate work at Emerson College is in the field of Communication Disorders, the bulk of her career was influenced by her graduate studies at Johns Hopkins University.  There she studied Organization Development with an emphasis on How to Manage Change in Organizations.  In a national telecommunications company she served as a trainer, training supervisor, training manager, and finally director of training.  She eventually left and began her own business as a training consultant, coach, and certified diversity professional.
Kristina has worked with government agencies, for-profit, and non-profit organizations.  Her forte is coaching leaders, helping teams work better together, and facilitating conversations about race/diversity.
She sits on the Board of Directors of Emerge, Inc – a program that serves people with disabilities and the Alumni Board of Emerson College.

Dr. Otis Brawley

Dr. Otis Brawley Headshot Otis Brawley is a globally-recognized expert in cancer prevention and control. He has worked to reduce overscreening of medical conditions, which has revolutionized patient treatment by increasing quality of life and reducing health disparities.

Brawley’s research focuses on developing cancer screening strategies and ensuring their effectiveness. He has championed efforts to decrease smoking and implement other lifestyle risk reduction programs, as well as to provide critical support to cancer patients and concentrate cancer control efforts in areas where they could be most effective. Brawley currently leads a broad interdisciplinary research effort on cancer health disparities at the Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, striving to close racial, economic, and social disparities in the prevention, detection, and treatment of cancer in the United States and worldwide. He also directs community outreach programs for underserved populations throughout Maryland.

Brawley joined Johns Hopkins University as a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor in 2019 from the American Cancer Society and Emory University.

Dr. Katrina Caldwell
Dr. Katrina Caldwell
Katrina Caldwell, Ph.D joined Johns Hopkins University as the Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) on July 1, 2020. In her role at CDO Dr. Caldwell will serve as the primary steward of the Roadmap on Diversity and Inclusion, align D&I initiatives with university priorities, and coordinate and collaborate with the university’s divisions on D&I matters. Dr. Caldwell will also serve as the ex officio co-chair of the Diversity Leadership Council, alongside Ashley Llorens, Chief of Intelligent Systems Center at the Applied Physics Laboratory and chair of the Diversity Leadership Council.

Dr. Caldwell has more than 26 years of progressive leadership experience in higher education, with a focus on strategic planning and implementation. Dr. Caldwell holds a Ph.D and master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a bachelor’s degree from Spelman College. Prior to accepting the role of CDO at Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Caldwell served as University of Mississippi’s first vice chancellor for diversity and community engagement beginning for three years, beginning in 2017. As vice chancellor for diversity and community engagement Dr. Caldwell lead University of Mississippi’s efforts to create a diverse and welcoming environment, building an infrastructure to increase community engagement, and targeting high impact areas for transformation.

Dr. Caldwell has a long record of strategic planning and implementation around diversity initiatives. In her role as the assistant vice president for diversity and equity at Northern Illinois University Dr. Caldwell was responsible for overseeing several departments within the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management and developed innovative trainings and programming for constituencies throughout the university. In her eight years at DePaul University Dr. Caldwell served as director of adult student affairs starting in 2004 and by 2008 was developing cultural education programs with emphasis on social justice and diversity and serving on the President’s Diversity Council responsible for advancing DePaul’s university-wide diversity strategic plan.

From 1998-2004 Dr. Caldwell served as the assistant dean of minority affairs at the University of Illinois in Chicago, developing and successfully implementing a strategic plan to increase outreach to prospective students, retention and graduation of graduate fellowship students, and professional development programs. Prior to 1998 Dr. Caldwell served as director of the Higher Education Basics Program, Student Assessment and Outcomes at East-West University and associate director of the Summer Research Opportunities Program at University of Illinois in Chicago.

Dr. Caldwell was a Diversifying Faculty in Illinois fellow and her honors include the White House’s Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring, Illinois College Personnel Association Award for “Outstanding Contribution to Social Justice,” and Who’s Who in Black Chicago. Diversity MBA magazine recognized Dr. Caldwell and awarded her as one of the Top 100 Under 50 Executive and Emerging Leaders in 2011.


The perspectives and opinions expressed by the speaker(s) during this program are those of the speaker(s) and not, necessarily, those of Johns Hopkins University.


 Event Date
Tuesday, June 1, 2021
Start Time: 7:30pm

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