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  • May 25, 2022 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm


A discussion on racism, mental health, and over policing Black communities.

In June 2020, the world witnessed unprecedented mass mobilizations in defense of Black lives and urgent calls for racial justice – particularly as is relates to the police and their interactions with Black communities in North America. We’ve all seen the headlines, news reports, and viral videos that put faces and names to the endemic violence and structural racism faced by Black communities. We know that Black Canadians are disproportionately stopped and questioned by police, exponentially more likely to be victims of fatal police shootings, and account for a disproportionate number of incarcerations. But do we really know the true measure of effect these sustained interactions have on the health of Black communities?

This is a topic explored by Dr. Akwatu Khenti in a first of its kind course: Anti-Black Racism as a Policing and Public Health Crisis. In a panel discussion with leading community members and scholars, Dr. Khenti will address the Black community’s crisis of trust in policing, the crisis in police credibility due to the persistence of racial profiling, and the public health crisis resulting from police violence that manifests not just in deaths, but in mental health consequences.

This is a conversation you don’t want to miss.


Prof. Akwatu Khenti, Professor of Health Policy, Dalla Lana School of Public Health

Liben Gebremickael, Executive Director, TAIBU Community Health Center

Prof. Dexter Voisin, Dean, Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences


Paulysha De Gannes, Senior Policy Advisor, Mental Health Ontario


Dr. Adalsteinn Brown, Professor and Dean, Dalla Lana School of Public Health

This event is hosted by the Dalla Lana School of Public Health’s Office of Advancement & Alumni Engagement. Contact for any inquiries. Please note that this event will be held in English and will be posted on the Dalla Lana School of Public Health YouTube page with closed captions following the event.