Black History Month 2021

The Social Accountability and Community Engagement Office (SACE) of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences is pleased to be associated with the 2021 edition of Black History Month at McGill University.

The SACE Office invites all members of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences and the wider McGill University community to take part in these events.

Black History Month 2021 Opening Ceremony

Monday, February 1

4:30 - 6:30 p.m. (EST)


The evening will feature a keynote address by Dr. Onye Nnorom, Assistant Professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health of University of Toronto, a Q&A period and a performance by West-Can Folk Performing Company. The Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences is taking

Free access to the documentary Black Men in White Coats

February 1-2-3, 2021, all-day

Take advantage of 3 days of free access to the new 80-minute documentary, Black Men in White Coats between February 2nd and 4th, 2021. This documentary dissects the systemic barriers preventing Black men from becoming medical doctors and the consequences on society at large. Less Black men applied to medical school in 2014 than in 1978, and Black men have the lowest life expectancy in the United States. With only 2% of American doctors being Black men, this comes as no surprise. What if we had a medical workforce that actually reflected our patient population? What challenges do our Black boys face? Who are their role models? Why is it easier to visualize a Black man in an orange jumpsuit than it is in a white coat?

Executive Producer: Dale Okorodudu, MD

Directed By: Micah Autry

Register here to get your free access

Q&A session with Dr. Dale producer of Black Men in White Coats

Wednesday, February 3, 2021, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST

Come and join us for a 30-minute question and answer session with the executive producer of the documentary, Black Men in White Coats. Get a chance to ask all your questions about the movie!


I’m a Black male doctor. I've sat in class while my professor used the 'N' word. I've been mistaken for hospital transport rather than the doctor that I am. I've been approached by police so they could search my friend’s trunk unwarranted. I've been told that I dress funny, speak poorly, and would never be successful. If these things happen to me as a doctor, what happens to other Black men? What will happen to my sons? This is why I started Black Men in White Coats and why I decided to produce the film Black Men in White Coats. I've been determined to change the way society views black men and perhaps more important, Black boys. When news broke that the number of Black men going to medical school was declining, I was inspired to take action and started Black Men in White Coats. We’ve had much success so far, however, we understand that things won't change unless our message is spread to the masses. That is why we're making this feature-length film. We want all Americans to understand the crisis at-hand and move to action. Only 2% of American doctors are black men!

-Dale Okorodudu, MD Executive Producer & Founder of Black Men In White Coats

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Effective allyship against systemic racism (part 2)

Monday, February 15, 2021 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM EST

(In collaboration with the Indigenous Health Professions Program and the Office of the Provost)

Following the success of the first SACE Allyship event, we are delighted to announce the second in our series on February 8 from 6:30-8:30 pm. This online Allyship workshop will provide new ways to foster critical conversations about interpersonal racism. The information provided is timely and relevant given the current context and many calls to action in solidarity with Black communities through the Black Lives Matter Movement, and also in solidarity with Indigenous communities through the Joyce's Principle motion. The training provides both space for self-reflection as well as concrete, actionable tools to empower faculty, staff, and students to advocate for themselves and others. This workshop is open to any member of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, be they students, faculty members, or staff.


Sara Pierre, Employment Equity Advisor

Shanice Yarde, Equity Education Advisor (Anti-Oppression and Anti-Racism)

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Addressing Mental Health in the Black Community

(In collaboration with Supporting Young Black Students (SYBS) and the Office of the Provost)

Wednesday, February 10

6:30 - 8:30 p.m. (EST)

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Supporting Young Black Students (SYBS) and SACE present a panel discussion about Addressing Mental Health in the Black Community with Maureen Owino. In this event, we will explore how the increased rate of mental health concerns in Black communities is related to the lack of access to appropriate mental health care, prejudice and racism, and historical trauma enacted on the Black community by the medical field.

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