Day of Discovery 2018

February 13 & 14, 2018

The university is coming together for the fourth consecutive year to reflect on our shared values and how we can build an even stronger commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Medical Campus

parking and getting there

5:30–7 p.m.

Welcome and Introduction

Welcome by Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton and introduction by David H. Perlmutter, MD, Executive Vice Chancellor for Medical Affairs and Dean, School of Medicine

Keynote Address: Meg Jay
“The Untold Story of Adversity and Resilience”

Clinical psychologist and author, Meg Jay focuses her research and practice on understanding resilience and the ways people, particularly young adults, cope — and even thrive — amid adversity. Her latest book, Supernormal: The Untold Story of Adversity and Resilience, explores the secret, inner world of those who are resilient.

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A Conversation and Q&A

Moderated by Will Ross, MD, Associate Dean for Diversity and Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine


Dayana Hernandez Calderon, First-year Medical Student; Kara Sternhell-Blackwell, Associate Professor of Dermatology, School of Medicine

7–8 p.m.Reception and Book Signing

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

clark-fox forum, HILLMAN HALL; and goldfarb HALL meeting rooms
Danforth Campus

parking and getting there

8:30–8:45 a.m.


Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton; Mary M. McKay, Dean, Brown School; and Lori S. White, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

8:45–9:30 a.m.

Opening Session: Humans of St. Louis

A behind-the-scenes look at an innovative project that aims to amplify the voices of the people of St. Louis, one photo and story at a time.

Facilitated by Lindy Drew, Co-founder and Lead Storyteller, Humans of St. Louis

Humans of St. Louis (HOSTL) has shared over 1,600 stories, inspired over 94,000 followers, sparked dialogue, facilitated civic engagement and connected viewers to local needs, causes and volunteer opportunities.

HOSTL’s mission is to leverage visual-virtual storytelling through organic interviews and photography that highlights local needs, issues and experiences from people in the St. Louis community and to share these photostories with a broader audience to promote social good and community development. The work aims to amplify the voices of the people of St. Louis, one photo and story at a time.

9:30–9:45 a.m.Break
9:45–10:45 a.m

Plenary Session I
Revisiting the Ferguson Commission Report’s Call to Action: Youth at the Center

Moderated by Rose Windmiller, Associate Vice Chancellor, Government & Community Relations and featuring Kelvin R. Adams, Superintendent, Saint Louis Public Schools; Joseph Davis, Superintendent, Ferguson-Florissant School District; and Karen I. Hall, Superintendent, Maplewood Richmond Heights School District.

One of the key organizing themes of the Ferguson Commission report was to advance equity by focusing on St. Louis area youth. This panel brings together Ferguson commissioners and area superintendents to discuss ways in which the findings from the commission have inspired change and the challenges these practitioners and community leaders face in advancing racial equity.

10:45–11 a.m.Break
11 a.m.–12 p.m.

Plenary Session II
The Role of Washington University in Advancing the Ferguson Commission

Moderated by Provost Holden Thorp and featuring Sheretta Butler-Barnes, Assistant Professor of Social Work, Brown School; Dedric Carter, Vice Chancellor for Operations & Technology Transfer and Professor of Engineering Practice; Julia Ho, Founder, Solidarity Economy St. Louis; Olivia Marcucci, Doctoral Student, Department of Education; and Karen Tokarz, the Charles Nagel Professor of Public Interest Law

Faculty, staff, alumni and students have played important roles in advancing the recommendations of the Ferguson Commission. The panel brings together key university leaders to provide examples of current and future work which can inspire change and advance racial equity in our region.

12–1 p.m.Lunch and Poster Session
1:15–2:15 p.m.

Engagement Session I

Session Descriptions

2:15–2:30 p.m.Break
2:30–3:30 p.m.

Engagement Session II

Session Descriptions

3:30–3:45 p.m.Break
3:45–4:45 p.m.

Plenary Session III: Report from the Commission on Diversity and Inclusion

Introduction by Denise DeCou, Director, Diversity and Inclusion/Content Development and Program Delivery, and facilitated by Adrienne Davis, Vice Provost and William M. Van Cleve Professor of Law

4:45–5 p.m.

Closing Reflection and Charge

Lori S. White, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Professor of Practice of Education

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Related event: “The Psychology of Mindset and Resilience” with Timothy Bono, Wednesday, Feb. 14, noon, Medical Campus