SUNY Downstate Presents: Cultural Bias, Race, and The Black Experience in The United States

By Office of Communications & Marketing | May 5, 2021

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Latest Installment of the 2021 President’s Multi-Disciplinary Investigator Seminar (PREMIS) Series to Feature a Conversation With Dr. Allen Lewis

Brooklyn N.Y. (May 5, 2021)The SUNY Downstate President’s Multi-Disciplinary Investigator Seminar (PREMIS) Series will feature a conversation on "Cultural Bias, Race, and the Black Experience in the United States" with Dr. Allen Lewis, Dean and Professor of the School of Health Professions at SUNY Downstate and author of We Are All Racists: The Truth About Cultural Bias. Dr. Lewis will join panelists Dr. Carla Boutin-Foster, Associate Dean of Diversity – Downstate College of Medicine, and Tracey Wilson, PhD, Vice Dean for Faculty Affairs and Research - Downstate School of Public Health, to discuss themes from his book about the anatomy of cultural bias, why race as a type of cultural bias is still so pervasive in the U.S., and his observations about the black community as one example of how racial cultural bias has damaged this group and what can be done now to promote healing.¹


Thursday, May 6, 2021 from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM


Virtual viewing via Livestream. Register here for the link.


Dr. Allen Lewis, Dean and Professor of the School of Health Professions at SUNY Downstate

¹  The views expressed during this event may not reflect those of Downstate Health Sciences University. If you have any questions about Downstate’s policy in this area, please call (718) 270-1738 or email


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SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University is the borough’s only academic medical center for health education, research, and patient care, and is a 342-bed facility serving the healthcare needs of New York City, and Brooklyn’s 2.6 million residents. University Hospital of Brooklyn (UHB) is Downstate’s teaching hospital, backed by the expertise of an outstanding medical school and the research facilities of a world-class academic center. More than 800 physicians, representing 53 specialties and subspecialties—many of them ranked as tops in their fields—comprise Downstate's staff.

A regional center for cardiac care, neonatal and high-risk infant services, pediatric dialysis, and transplantation, Downstate also houses a major learning center for children with physical ailments or neurological disorders. In addition to UHB, Downstate comprises a College of Medicine, College of Nursing, School of Health Professions, a School of Graduate Studies, a School of Public Health, and a multifaceted biotechnology initiative, including the Downstate Biotechnology Incubator and BioBAT for early-stage and more mature companies, respectively. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter at @sunydownstate.