CSHS Racial Equity Training Session 1: Understanding the History of Racism and Legacy that Impacts School Nursing Today

October 6, 2022

How does structural racism impact school nursing?

This course is part of a four CSHS meeting series discussing racial equity in Massachusetts schools. In this course, school health professionals will learn about the history and legacy of racism in the United States. The learners will gain a foundational understanding of structural racism and will be able to reflect on its impact on students today.

Target Audience

CSHS grantees, school health professionals interested in this learning 

Learning Objectives

After completing all four sessions, learners will be able to:

  • Apply gained knowledge and skills to recognize the things school nurses may do or not do in their practice that can cause harm to BIPOC students as well as things that may be helpful. 
  • Have the ability to recognize the impact of racism, structures, and institutions on students. 
  • Learn strategies and have resources to continue your personal journeys to becoming anti-racist practitioners and assume active roles in their schools/districts promoting racial and health equity for students. 

After completing this first session, learners will be able to:

  • Explain how historical biases and current structural systems impact BIPOC populations every day.
  • Explain how the legacy of "Is Race Biological" has affected medicine and nursing practice.
  • Describe how you can, in your school nursing practice, educate others to reverse misconceptions about race, biology and genetics 


Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 2.25 ANCC
  • 2.25 Participation
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
10/06/2022 - 1:00pm EDT
Event ends: 
10/06/2022 - 3:15pm EDT


TitleTime Frame
Welcome Message15 min
Session and Speaker Introductions10 min
Part 1: Science and Medicine and Society30 min
Part 1: Discussion10 min
Break5 min
Part 2: Legacy of Race in Nursing and Medicine20 min
Part 2: Discussion20 min
Wrap Up10 min

Any questions, please email BU SHIELD

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In accordance with the Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education, all relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies that faculty, planners, authors, and anyone who may be in control of content has been mitigated.

No faculty has any financial relationships to disclose. 


Adam Thomas Labadorf, labadorf@bu.edu 

Picture of Adam Thomas LabadorfDr. Labadorf is an assistant professor in Neurology at Boston University School of Medicine and a BU Bioinformatics Program faculty member. His research is primarily focused on the genomics of neurodegenerative disease in humans, including analysis of high throughput genomics and transcriptomics data from both ante- and post-mortem patient tissues. He serves as director of the Bioinformatics Masters Program, where he oversees advising and curriculum development. He created and teaches a core course in the Masters curriculum related to translational bioinformatics, which includes human genetics and genomics topics. He also serves as the Director of Bioinformatics for the US Veteran’s Affairs PTSD Brain Bank located at the Boston VA, where he organizes and analyzes genomics data generated from the brain samples collected by the brain bank. Prior to his faculty appointment at BU in 2020, he founded and ran a collaborative research group at BU called the Bioinformatics Hub which matched Bioinformatics Masters students to research projects across the university and mentored many MS interns in the completion of these projects.

Barkha Shah, barkhas@bu.edu 

Picture ofBarkha ShahB​​​arkha Shah is a laboratory supervisor in the Biology department in the College of Arts and Sciences at Boston University. She graduated with a BA in Biology from Boston University. Her knowledge and experience as a former student have greatly influenced the department and helped transform the lab classes. The classes she assists with include Microbiology, Human Infectious Diseases, Biology of Global Change, Evolutionary Ecology, Animal Behavior, and Vertebrate Zoology. She serves on the Biology Antiracism Committee.

Felicity Crawford, fcraw@bu.edu

Picture of Felicity CrawfordFelicity Crawford is a clinical associate professor of Special Education in the Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities Program. She brings the perspective of an experienced preK-12 educator who has worked for many years, and at every grade level, in racially and culturally diverse classroom settings. Prior to coming to Wheelock, Crawford served as project coordinator at the University of Massachusetts Boston, where she successfully recruited, supervised, and taught several cohorts of master-level students seeking dual licensure in special and general education at the secondary level.

Melisa Osborne, melosbor@bu.edu

Picture of Melisa OsborneMelisa Osborne, Ph.D. is a research assistant professor in the Graduate Program in Bioinformatics at Boston University.  Her current research involves studying the metabolic interactions between environmental microbes and includes project-based mentoring of graduate, undergraduate, and high school students in the microbiology laboratory.  She began her career as a biochemist, with a B.A. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the College of Wooster and a doctorate degree in Biochemistry from Brandeis University.  After completing her graduate thesis on the single molecule kinetics of bacterial transcription factors in the lab of Jeff Gelles, she expanded her expertise to include in vivo molecular biology and microbiology in the labs of Simon Dove (Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School) and Alvaro Sanchez (currently of Yale University).  She spent a formative year (2014-2015) as a visiting assistant professor at the College of Wooster teaching chemistry and biochemistry, and her current role at BU includes teaching and advising in the Master’s Program in Bioinformatics.  She has been named to the CAS Designing Anti-racist Curricula Fellowship Program at Boston University for the upcoming 2022-2023 academic year.

Theresa Rueger, theresa.rueger@newcastle.ac.uk

Dr. Theresa Rueger is a Lecturer (equiv. Assistant Professor) of Tropical Marine Biology at Newcastle University in the UK. Her research concerns the evolution of social and mating systems in coral reef fishes. Originally from Germany, Theresa completed her PhD at James Cook Unive​​​​​​rsity in Australia and spent two years in Boston as a European Union Marie Curie Fellow before starting her own lab at Newcastle University.


​​​​​​Thomas “TJ” McKenna, tmckenna@bu.edu

Picture of TJ McKennaTJ McKenna is a lecturer in Science Education at BU Wheelock College of Education & Human Development. He works at the nexus of policy, practice, and research in ways that deepen the understanding of how to make progress on the ecological problem of supporting teachers (pre-service & in-service) in their efforts to offer high quality science learning to all of our students. Dr. McKenna's research focuses on understanding where, what, and how teachers learn to teach science over the course of their careers and how we can encourage and support ongoing changes to improve science teaching, and–more importantly– science learning. In addition, he is interested in designing and researching innovative approaches to professional development that strengthen science teacher learning and build organizational capacity for education reform.

SHIELD Program Manager: Lesly Zapata


Boston University School of Medicine Continuing Nursing Education is accredited with distinction as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.


Boston University School of Medicine designates this live material 2.25 contact hours, none of which are eligible for pharmacology credit. 


SHIELD is a DESE-approved provider for PDPs. PDP certificates are issued for programs/series lasting 10 or more hours on a topic. CNE certificates are also issued for eligible courses. Learners may use CNE certificates toward PDPs.

Available Credit

  • 2.25 ANCC
  • 2.25 Participation


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