Racism: Dismantling the System

The LSU Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs, in partnership with Southern University's Nelson Mandela College of Government & Social Sciences, Louisiana Budget Project, NAACP Louisiana State Conference and LSU Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion is pleased to present Racism: Dismantling the System, an ongoing series of conversations about structural racism and solution-oriented action toward equal opportunity and justice in our communities. The series amplifies the voices of community advocates, academics, journalists and more working for social justice in our nation and beyond. 


Sickle Cell Disease: Looking at the Medical Distrust & Health Disparities | February 15 | 3:30 p.m. CT | Zoom

Join us for a special episode of Racism: Dismantling the System as we partner with the Sickle Cell Association of South Louisiana to discuss the healthcare disparities that are harming Black and Brown lives in our community, specifically those with sickle cell disease. This particular discussion, “Sickle Cell Disease: Looking at the Medical Distrust & Health Disparities Facing the Minority Community,” will dive into the chronic internal pain many individuals living with sickle cell disease experience as well as the external struggles like discrimination and health-related stigmas based on their race, disease, and socioeconomic status.

Sickle cell disease is a common blood disorder inherited mainly among African Americans but affects all. Approximately 100,000 Americans have sickle cell disease. We encourage you to attend this discussion to learn more about sickle cell disease and how you can help break the stigma to support sickle cell warriors in Louisiana.

  • Dr. Cory Hebert, Director of Medical Research/Development at Emmaus Life Sciences, Inc
  • Dr. Renee Gardner, MD., Hematology Oncology, Children's Hospital New Orleans
  • Tanisha Burrell Smith, NP, Hematology Oncology, Our Lady of the Lake
  • Sherell Jones, Sickle Cell Warrior