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Innovators in Health Equity and Racial Justice

Health Sciences Webinar Series
in Health Equity
and Racial Justice


This speaker series, hosted by the Department of Health Sciences, highlights innovative approaches to advance health equity and racial justice across a range of disciplines. This ongoing series will examine the role of health equity, racial justice, and social justice in the context of current public health issues and trends by engaging experts in science, technology, humanities, and arts. Watch out for our next events during Fall 2021.

Past Webinars

Art at the Crossroads of Health and Racial Justice

Thursday, April 7, 2021
Noon – 1:30 PM (EST)

André Robert Lee

Co-hosted by:

Department of Health Sciences
Department of Theatre
Department of Art + Design
Department of Communication Studies
Institute of Health Equity and Social Justice Research
Center for the Arts
Office of City and Community Engagement


Join award-winning filmmaker André Lee, Northeastern faculty, and community leaders for a keynote address and panel discussion highlighting the power of bringing public health and the arts together to advance health equity and racial justice.

André Lee’s film Virtually Free, which won the Jury Award for Impact at the 9th Annual Social Impact Media Awards, will be available for screening to all participants.

This film will also be the focus of a panel discussion which will include:

  • André Lee, Director of Virtually Free
  • Sid, youth ambassador for Virtually Free
  • Rebekah E. Moore, Assistant Professor of Music and Faculty Scholar, Institute for Health Equity and Social Justice Research
  • Lisa Simmons, Director of the Roxbury International Film Festival
  • Dev Luthra, Artistic Director of And Still We Rise
  • Alisa Lincoln, Professor of Health Sciences and Sociology, Director of Institute for Health Equity and Social Justice Research

The panel will be moderated by Amy Halliday, Director of the Northeastern Center for the Arts. This event celebrates National Public Health Week and is a part of Department of Health Sciences Innovators in Health Equity and Racial Justice speaker series.


André Robert Lee
Filmmaker and activist

André uses his art as a medium for laying bare the need for equity and justice. His message is at once candid and hopeful. He encourages his audiences to face history as a reality, to recognize our own participation — for better and for worse — in both the perpetuation of what was, as well as in the construction of what is.


Introductions and Opening Remarks
Short Keynote with André
Film Summary and Panel Introduction
Panel Discussion
Open Discussion / Q&A
Closing Remarks Follow Up

Driving Equitable Innovation in Health and Technology

Thursday, March 25, 2021
12:00 – 1:00pm EST

Co-hosted by Khoury College

Guest speaker, Donald Martin Jr


Recent research on algorithmic fairness has highlighted that the problem formulation phase of systems that use machine learning can be a key source of bias that has significant downstream impacts on the fairness outcomes, both in health and in the use of computers more broadly. However, very little attention has been paid to methods for improving the fairness efficacy of this critical phase of AI system development. Current practice neither accounts for the dynamic complexity of high-stakes domains nor incorporates the perspectives of vulnerable stakeholders. This talk will explore the application of community based system dynamics during the product development process in order to foster the development of equitable, inclusive products based on machine learning and artificial intelligence.


Donald Martin, Jr.
Sr. Staff Technical Program Manager and Social Impact Technology Strategist

Donald focuses on driving innovation in the spaces where Google’s products and services intersect with society as well as understanding the intersections between Trust and Safety, Machine Learning (ML) Fairness and Ethical Artificial Intelligence (AI).

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Denver and founded its National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) chapter.

Donald has over 30 years of technology leadership experience in the telecommunications and information technology industries. He has held CIO, CTO, COO, VP of IT and product manager positions at global software development companies and telecommunications service providers. Donald holds a US utility patent for “problem modeling in resource optimization.”

His most recent publication is the Harvard Business Review article “AI Engineers Need to Think Beyond Engineering.”