WSU Applebaum to host Black History Month event series

The Wayne State University Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences hosted a series of virtual events to mark Black History Month. Recordings are available below.


Roger Husband
Roger Husband

Friday, February 5, 4 p.m. 

Black Funeral Homes in Detroit 

Roger Husband '99 
Mortuary Science Faculty

Mark Evely
Chair, Applied Health Sciences
Mortuary Science Program Director

Mark Evely will interview alumnus Roger Husband about his experience as a Black funeral home director in Detroit. Husband has been a part-time faculty member in the WSU Applebaum mortuary science program for 20 years and knows much of the history of Black funeral homes in Detroit. He was also the embalmer who cared for Rosa Parks.

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Wassim Tarraf
Wassim Tarraf (Photo by Nick Hagan for Second Wave Michigan)

Friday, February 12, 4 p.m. 

Disparities in Health and Health Care Among Older Americans 

Wassim Tarraf
Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy

Wassim Tarraf is an affiliated investigator on the largest epidemiological study of diverse Hispanic/Latinos in the United States. Most recently, he is studying the disproportionate mental health effects of COVID-19 on people of color

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Faculty speakers
Jeannetta Greer (left) and Doreen Head

Friday, February 19, 4 p.m.

Black Women in Leadership: Our Struggles, Our Determination, Our Success  

Jeannetta Greer
Radiation Therapy Technology Program Director

Doreen Head
Occupational Therapy Program Director

WSU Applebaum Black women in leadership discuss their struggles, determination and success, from encounters with racism to rising above injustice through their strong Christian faith.

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Regina Parnell
Regina Parnell

Monday, February 22, 4 p.m.

"It is Well with my Soul": Hurried Black Women Find Help in Times of Trouble

Regina Parnell
Assistant Clinical Professor of Occupational Therapy

This presentation will highlight research on working African American married mothers. Attendees will learn about the types of stress related to hurriedness and other cultural pressures. Information about Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) will be incorporated into the discussion as well as stress management practices for hurried Black women. 

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Friday, February 26, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Health Disparities and Systemic Racism

The Student Pharmacists Diversity Council is hosting a panel discussion with CVS Pharmacist Dr. Amber Duncan and HAP wellbeing consultant Karine Pawlicki, who will talk about health disparities and systemic racism and how it impacts health care and quality of care.

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Faculty speakers
Randy Commissaris (left) and David Pitts

Friday, March 5, 4 p.m.

Witnessing White Privilege 

Randy Commissaris
Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences

David Pitts
Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Professors Commissaris and Pitts will lead a discussion on recognizing white privilege based on Peggy McIntosh's article, "White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack." McIntosh is a feminist scholar who bases her ideas about white blindness to racial privilege on the history of male privilege in patriarchal societies. "I was taught to see racism only in individual acts of meanness, not in invisible systems conferring dominance on my group," she writes, with the intent to make visible – and dismantle – those systems. 

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