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Intersectionality Under the Microscope: Gender and Race in Health and Healing

Rosalind Franklin at a Microscope


September 23, 2021

4 p.m. - 6 p.m. 
Central (Chicago) Time
Rosalind Franklin University
Virtual Seminar

Complimentary admission.
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Applying Intersectionality to Center Black Women in Health Equity:  This symposium will highlight the importance of applying intersectionality within healthcare settings. The keynote lecture will discuss intersectionality theory and how to use an intersectional approach in healthcare settings, define the concept of gendered racism, discuss the impact of gendered racism on the mental and physical health of Black women, and identify strategies to engage in individual, community, and systems-level interventions to disrupt gendered racism and reduce health inequities within healthcare settings. An interprofessional panel discussion will follow the lecture. 

This program is approved for 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ and 1.0 continuing education contact hour for podiatric medicine.

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4:00 p.m. - Welcome by RFUMS President, Dr. Wendy Rheault
4:05 p.m. - Opening Remarks by Rosalind S. Franklin
4:15 p.m. - Keynote by Jioni A. Lewis, PhD
4:55 p.m. - Break
5:00 p.m. - Panel Discussion
 moderated by Dr. Kristin Schneider
5:45 p.m. - Audience Q&A
5:55 p.m. - Wrap-up and Thank-you's


"Applying Intersectionality to Center Black Women in Health Equity"

Jioni A. Lewis, PhD

Jioni A. Lewis, PhD

Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology at the University of Maryland

Dr. Jioni Lewis is an Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her research is focused on investigating the influence of discrimination on the mental and physical health of people of color, with a specific focus on the intersection of racism and sexism on Black women’s health and well-being. Dr. Lewis developed the Gendered Racial Microaggressions Scale, which is a self-report instrument to measure subtle gendered racism. She also examines protective factors that buffer individuals against the negative effects of gendered racism, such as gendered racial identity, coping strategies, and radical healing. Dr. Lewis has received several national awards for her research and scholarship from the American Psychological Association (APA), including the 2019 Emerging Professional Contributions to Research Award from the Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race (APA, Division 45), the 2020 Best in Science Award from the Society of Counseling Psychology (APA Division 17), and the 2020 Emerging Leader for Women in Psychology Award from the Committee on Women in Psychology. She is also the current President of the Psychology of Black Women, Section 1 of the Society for the Psychology of Women (APA Division 35).


Wendy Rheault, PT, PhD, FASAHP, FNAP, DipACLM

Wendy Rheault, PT, PhD, FASAHP, FNAP, DipACLM

RFUMS President and CEO

President and CEO Wendy Rheault, PT, PhD, FASAHP, FNAP, who stepped into her new role on July 1, 2019, has served the university in numerous faculty and administrative capacities for nearly 40 years. Named the first provost of the institution in 2014, she spent the next four years working closely with the president, deans and vice presidents in developing academic priorities, providing strategic direction and ensuring academic accountability.

Opening Remarks

Rosalind Franklin, CPCC, PCC

Rosalind Franklin, CPCC, PCC

A member of the Rosalind Franklin University Board of Trustees since 2004, Rosalind is proud to represent the Franklin family in honor of her aunt and namesake, whose pioneering work in X-ray crystallography led to the discovery of the double helix structure of DNA. Ms. Franklin currently serves as Vice Chair on both the Governance and Institutional Advancement committees of the Board.

Rosalind works in San Francisco and is a Leadership Consultant Partner at Boyden, a leading worldwide leadership solutions and talent advisory firm that works with global-oriented growth and emerging organizations, providing executive search, interim management and leadership consulting services. Rosalind is also an executive coach and consultant at Rosalind Franklin Group, which she founded in 2011. She leverages her extensive training and experience in leadership and organizational development for her work with Fortune 500 executives and government agencies as well as tech incubators, startups and venture capital firms. Rosalind provides the tools to enhance organizational strategies, strengthen leadership skills and realize successful outcomes.

A musician and harpist, she co-founded the California Symphony, an award-winning orchestra based in the Bay Area. Ms. Franklin has held multiple roles and positions in the not-for-profit and corporate space, including president of the Jewish Community Relations Council, a Bay Area non-profit social justice agency, in addition to her role as senior director of leadership development for the Jewish Community Federation of the San Francisco Bay Area. She is currently serving as President of the International Coaching Federation’s Bay Area Chapter.

Rosalind has been an energetic and steadfast champion of the university named for her aunt. In 2016, an honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters, was conferred upon Ms. Franklin for her contributions to the university and its students, and for her service to the RFU Board of Trustees.

PANEL Discussion

"Race and Gender in Health and Healing"

Ezra Hunter, MS, MA, PA-C
Urgent Care Physician Assistant in Chicago
PA Graduate, Rosalind Franklin University


Heather Kind-Keppel, EdD
Executive Director of Diversity and Inclusion
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Division of Student Affairs and Inclusion
Rosalind Franklin University

Laurine Tiema-Benson, MPH
Class of 2022, Chicago Medical School
Rosalind Franklin University



Kristin Schneider, PhD - Moderator
Associate Dean of Research, Associate Professor
Department of Psychology, College of Health Professionals
Rosalind Franklin University



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