2022 Research Showcase

Take a look back at our 2022 Collaborate To Create Change: Towards Racial and Socioeconomic Equity in our Scholarship, Research & Teaching



Keynote Speakers

Amber Hewitt

Amber Hewitt

Speakers' Dinner

Bonnie Gordon

Bonnie Gordon

Speakers' Dinner

Dr. Eddie Glaude, Jr. headshot

Dr. Eddie Glaude, Jr.

Opening Keynote


Kristen Clarke headshot

Kristen Clarke

Luncheon Keynote

Caroline Lagerre-Brown headshot

Caroline Laguerre-Brown

Closing Keynote


Keynote Speakers' Biographies

Chief Equity Officer, Office of Racial Equity, Office of the City Administrator, District of Columbia

Dr. Hewitt is a passionate and committed public servant who most recently served as the Director of Health Equity at Families USA, a national, nonpartisan consumer health advocacy organization. As Director of Health Equity, she was responsible for developing strategic policy priorities to advance health equity and reduce disparities in health outcomes, health care access, and health care quality. Prior to her work at Families USA, Dr. Hewitt was a Manager of Policy and Advocacy at Nemours Children’s Health System, where she managed the mental health, nutrition, and children’s health care coverage portfolios. She also served as an American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow at the National Institute of Mental Health and an American Psychological Association Congressional Fellow in the Office of U.S. Senator Cory Booker. Dr. Hewitt began her career as a tenure-track professor teaching undergraduate and doctorate-level courses in psychology, social justice, multicultural counseling, and diversity issues at the University of Akron. She currently holds adjunct faculty appointments at American University, Catholic University, and Simmons University.

Associate Professor, McIntire Department of Music, University of Virginia

Dr. Bonnie Gordon is an Associate Professor in the University of Virginia McIntire Department of Music. She is a music historian who works across disciplines and creative practices. She is fascinated by the idea of sound as fundamental to the ways we move through the world and deeply committed to the idea that learning about sound is not for musicians only. primary research interests center on the experiences of sound in Early Modern music making and the affective potential of the human voice.  

Professor Gordon is a founding faculty director of the newly launched University of Virginia Equity Center; she founded the Arts Mentors a program designed to increase access to the arts in Charlottesville; and is a collaborating faculty member of The Sound Justice Lab, a group of artists and academics who use audio-visual media and storytelling to explore what justice means to ordinary people and everyday life.

Professor Gordon's research centers on sound and gender in the early Modern world. Her first book, Monteverdi's Unruly Women (Cambridge University Press, 2004) frames the composer's madrigals and music dramas written between 1600 and 1640 as windows into contemporary notions of sound, body, voice, and sense. She has explored similar issues in a variety of contexts, including articles about contemporary singer-songwriters Kate Bush and Tori Amos and an interdisciplinary and cross cultural volume of essays co-edited with Martha Freldman about courtesans entitled The Courtesans Arts, (Oxford University Press, 2006). Dr. Gordon is the recipient of two grants from the Folger Shakespeare Library, a dissertation grant from the American Association of University Women, a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at Brandeis University, a Bunting Fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship. She has also been the Robert Lehman Visiting Professor at Villa I Tatti, The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies. In addition to her scholarly work, she has published in the New York Times, Washington Post, Slate and the Cville Weekly. She plays jazz, rock, and classical viola.

James S. McDonnel Distinguished University Professor, Department of African American Studies, Princeton University

One of the nation’s most prominent scholars, Dr. Eddie Glaude, Jr. is an author, political commentator, public intellectual and passionate educator who examines the complex dynamics of the American experience. His writings, including Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul, In a Shade of Blue: Pragmatism and the Politics of Black America, and his most recent, the New York Times bestseller, Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for our Own, takes a wide look at Black communities, the difficulties of race in the United States and the challenges we face as a democracy. In his writing and speaking, Glaude is an American critic in the tradition of James Baldwin and Ralph Waldo Emerson, confronting history and bringing our nation’s complexities, vulnerabilities and hope into full view. Hope that is, in one of his favorite quotes from W.E.B. Du Bois, "not hopeless, but a bit unhopeful."

Glaude is the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor and Chair of the Department of African American Studies at Princeton. He is also on the Morehouse College Board of Trustees. He frequently appears in the media, as a columnist for TIME Magazine and as an MSNBC contributor on programs like Morning Joe and Deadline Whitehouse with Nicolle Wallace. He regularly appears on Meet the Press on Sundays. Glaude also hosts Princeton’s AAS podcast, a conversation around the field of African American Studies and the Black experience in the 21st century.

A highly accomplished and respected scholar of religion, Glaude is a former president of the American Academy of Religion. His books on religion and philosophy include An Uncommon Faith: A Pragmatic Approach to the Study of African American Religion, African American Religion: A Very Short Introduction, and Exodus! Religion, Race and Nation in Early 19th Century Black America, which was awarded the Modern Language Association’s William Sanders Scarborough Book Prize.

Some like to describe Glaude as the quintessential Morehouse man, having left his home in Moss Point, Mississippi at age 16 to begin studies at the HBCU and alma mater of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He holds a master’s degree in African American Studies from Temple University and a Ph.D. in Religion from Princeton University.

Glaude is known both for his inspiring oratory and ability to convene conversations that engage fellow citizens from all backgrounds — from young activists to corporate audiences looking for a fresh perspective on DEI. In 2011, he delivered Harvard’s DuBois lectures. His 2015 commencement remarks at Colgate University titled, "Turning Our Backs," was recognized by the New York Times as one of the best commencement speeches of the year.

Combining a scholar’s knowledge of history, a political commentator’s take on the latest events, and an activist’s passion for social justice, Glaude challenges all of us to examine our collective American conscience, "not to posit the greatness of America, but to establish the ground upon which to imagine the country anew."

Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Justice

Kristen Clarke is the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Justice. In this role, she leads the Justice Department’s broad federal civil rights enforcement efforts and works to uphold the civil and constitutional rights of all who live in America. Assistant Attorney General Clarke is a lifelong civil rights lawyer who has spent her entire career in public service.

Assistant Attorney General Clarke began her career as a trial attorney in the Civil Rights Division through the Department of Justice’s Honors Program. In 2006, she joined the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, where she helped lead the organization’s work in the areas of voting rights and election law across the country. Ms. Clarke worked on cases defending the constitutionality of the Voting Rights Act, presented oral argument to the DC District Court in Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder, and has provided testimony on federal and state voting rights legislation. In 2011, she was named the head of the Civil Rights Bureau for the New York State Attorney General’s Office, where she led broad civil rights enforcement actions. Under her leadership, the Bureau secured landmark agreements with banks to address unlawful redlining, employers to address barriers to reentry for people with criminal backgrounds, police departments on reforms to policies and practices, major retailers on racial profiling of consumers, landlords on discriminatory housing policies, school districts concerning issues relating to the school-to-prison pipeline and more. In 2015, Ms. Clarke was named the president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, one of the nation’s leading civil rights organizations founded at the request of John F. Kennedy. There, she led the organization’s legal work in courts across the country addressing some of the nation’s most complex racial justice and civil rights challenges.

Assistant Attorney General Clarke was born in Brooklyn, New York. After graduating from Choate Rosemary Hall, she received her AB from Harvard University and her JD from Columbia Law School. 

Vice Provost for Diversity, Equity, and Community Engagement, George Washington University

Caroline Laguerre-Brown serves as the Vice Provost for Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement.  Caroline directs GW’s efforts to advance diversity and inclusion throughout the university and oversees the Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service, the Office of Disability Support Services, the Multicultural Student Services Center and the Title IX Office. 

Prior to joining the George Washington University in August 2016, Caroline previously served as the Vice Provost and Chief Diversity Officer at Johns Hopkins University where she developed their first university-wide sexual harassment prevention training initiative, spearheaded unconscious bias training for faculty search committees, launched a Race in America speaker series and co-developed a comprehensive faculty diversity initiative.  Prior to joining Johns Hopkins, she held positions as labor and employment defense counsel for the New York City Transit Authority and as assistant director of the Equal Employment Opportunity Office for the Fire Department of New York. She also served as staff counsel to the Equal Employment Advisory Council in Washington, DC.

Caroline is a graduate of the State University of New York at Binghamton and the University of Virginia School of Law.


Featured Speakers

Mark Wrighton headshot

President Mark Wrighton


Aristide J. Collins Jr.

Aristide J. Collins, Jr.


Christopher A. Bracey headshot

Christopher A. Bracey


Dayna Bowen Matthew headshot

Dayna Bowen Matthew



Featured Speakers' Biographies

2022 Showcase Program

Please see below for our full agenda of presentations during our 2022 showcase.

Faculty Research Spotlights



Location and Speakers

Registration and Breakfast

7:30 am

Kelly Lounge, GW Law (2000 H Street, NW)

Welcome Remarks

8:30 am

Jack Morton Auditorium, School of Media and Public Affairs


  • Christopher A. Bracey, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, George Washington University
  • Dayna Bowen Matthew, Dean and Harold H. Greene Professor of Law, George Washington University Law School

Plenary Session I

9 am

Jack Morton Auditorium, School of Media and Public Affairs


  • Dr. Eddie Glaude, Jr., James S. McDonnel Distinguished University Professor, Department of African American Studies, Princeton University 


10 am


Plenary Session II: Criminal Justice and Equity

10:15 am

Jack Morton Auditorium, School of Media and Public Affairs

  • Avoiding The Prosecutor’s Paradox: How Race-Neutral Charging Drives Racial Disparities and How Race-Neutral Reforms Can Help, Donald Braman (Law)Introduction by Dayna Bowen Matthew, Dean, GW Law

  • The Mental Health Consequences of Parental Incarceration: Evidence from a Nationally Representative Longitudinal Study of Adolescents through Adulthood in the United States, Antwan Jones (Sociology)Introduction by Hiromi Ishizara, Chair, Sociology

  • The Limits of Community Policing in Ending Violence and Providing Justice, Leniqueca Welcome (ESIA)Introduction by Alyssa Ayres, Dean, Elliott School of International Affairs


12 pm

Faculty Conference Center, Burns 505


  • Kristen Clarke, Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Justice. Introduction by Alfreda Robinson, Associate Dean for Trial Advocacy, GW Law


1:30 pm


Break Out Session I

1:45 pm

A. Gender and Equity - Jacob Burns Moot Court Room, Lerner 101

  • Power Reimaged: Gender and Racial Equity Center Pilot, Alfreda Robinson (Law) and Monica Hawkins (Community Partner)
  • #MeToo in Retrospect: A Transnational Reflection, Ashwini Tambe (WGSS)
  • The Economic Demography of Gender Egalitarianism, Carmel Chiswick (Economics)

B. Mapping Equity - Stockton 301

  • Race, Immigration, and Confinement in Rural Meatpacking: Decentering Whiteness and Mapping Injustices, Ivy Ken (Sociology)
  • The Effects of Student-Teacher Ethnoracial Matching on Exclusionary Discipline for Asian American, Black, and Latinx Students: Evidence From New York City, Matthew Shirrell (GSEHD)

C. Housing and Neighborhood Equity - Lerner 302

  • To Err Is Automated: The Effects of Historical Redlining on Automated Homes, Vanessa Perry (SB)
  • Disparities in Air Pollution and Associated Health Burdens in the United States: Who, Why, and What to Do? Gaige Kerr (MSPH)

D. Health Equity - Lerner 201

  • Accessing Community Healthcare with Innovations in Electric Vehicles for Equity, Saniya LeBlanc (SEAS)
  • Medical Legal Partnership Pilot, Gigi El-Bayoumi (SMHS)


2:30 pm


Break Out Session II

2:45 pm

E. Health Equity - Jacob Burns Moot Court Room, Lerner 101

  • Restoring Mental Health After COVID-19 Through Community-Based Psychological Services in New York City (RECOUP-NY), Chynere Best (SMHS)
  • Building COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence Among Nurses and in Communities, Karen Drenkhard (SON) and Omar Shoheiber (Community Partner)

F. Global Equity - Burns 415

  • Repairing International Tax Reform, Karen Brown (Law)
  • The Generations Dialogue Project: Towards a More Representative American Foreign Policy, Jennifer Brinkerhoff (ESIA)

G. Education Equity - Burns 418

  • Leading for Equity: How Principals Experience Professional Learning, Jennifer Clayton (GSEHD) and Christine Nganga (Community Partner)
  • Association of the COVID-19 Pandemic with Medical School Diversity Pathway Programs, Sonal Batra (SMHS)

  • Teaching about Racial Equity and the (De)Criminalization of Domestic Violence, Joan Meier (Law)

H. Equity and Humanities - Lerner 202

  • Culture Keepers: African American Funeral Directors in the Era of COVID, Sarah Wagner (Anthropology) and Dr. Kami Fletcher (Community Partner)
  • writehealing, policy and praxis project (WHPP), Jameta Barlow (University Writing Program) and Deja Williams (Community Partner)
  • Moral Psychology and Antiracist Obligations, Jeffrey Brand (Philosophy)


3:30 pm  

Plenary Session III

3:45 pm

Jacob Burns Moot Court Room, Lerner 101

Truth and Equity: DC Initiative to Dismantle Systemic Racism, Foster Repair, and Transform Policy and Practice, Wendy Ellis (MSPH)Introduction by Lynn Goldman, Dean, Milken Institute School of Public Health

Closing Keynote Speaker:

  • Caroline Laguerre-Brown, Vice Provost for Diversity, Equity, and Community Engagement, George Washington University


5 pm

Kelly Lounge, GW Law


The Equity Institute faculty thanks President Wrighton, Provost Bracey, the volunteers, the planning committee, and the donors who have believed in our vision from the start.