UC Global Health Day 2021: Decolonizing Global Health


Saturday, April 24, 2021




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Program Overview

Welcome Speaker: President Michael Drake (he/him/his), University of California Office of the President

  • Introducing President Drake: Tom Coates (he/him/his), Director of UC Global Health Institute, UCLA

Opening Plenary Speaker: Radmilla Cody (she/her/hers), Community Advocate, Community Organizer/Grammy-nominated Singer

Regional Indigenous Perspectives Panel: Samantha Ying (ze/she) (Moderator, co-Director of Planetary Health COE, Assistant Professor of Soil Biogeochemistry, UC Riverside)*


  • Andrea Garcia (Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikarashe) (she/her/hers), Physician Specialist at LA County Department of Mental Health, UCB/UCSF alum, National Clinician Scholars Program (UCLA) alum
  • Beth Rose Middleton Manning (she/her/hers), Professor/Department Chair of UC Davis Department of Native American Studies
  • Mark LeBeau, (Pit River Nation enrolled in the Illmawi Band) Chief Executive Officer for the California Rural Indian Health Board Inc.
  • Virginia Hedrick, (Yurok/Karuk) (she/her/hers) Executive Director for the California Consortium for Urban Indian Health, UCLA alum

Global Health Panel: Ndola Prata (she/her/hers)(Moderator, co-Director of Women’s Health Gender & Empowerment COE, Professor Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health, UC Berkeley)


  • Elvin Geng (he/him/his), Professor of Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, UC Berkeley alum, UCSF Fellowship alum in Infectious Disease
  • Eric Goosby (he/him/his), Professor of Medicine at UCSF, Biden-Harris COVID-19 Task Force member*
  • Hollis Wong-Wear (she/her/hers), Singer/Songwriter, Grammy Nominee, Facilitator & Educator, Community Advocate

Plenary Speaker: Laura Mkumba (she/her/hers), co-Founder of Duke University Decolonizing Global Health Working Group, Clinical Research Assistant at FHI 360

Early Career Professionals Panel: Bridgette Smith (she/her/hers), (Moderator, PhD student at UC Davis)*


  • Johnson Lyimo (he/him/his), PhD student at UC San Francisco, Institute for Global Health Sciences 
    Nykki Velora Jones (she/hers/her), Recent MPH graduate of UCLA Fielding School of Public Health 
    Siana Nkya (she/her/hers), UCGHI GloCal Health Fellowship alum, University of Dar es Salaam, Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences 

Closing Plenary Speaker: Javon Johnson (he/him/his), Assistant Professor, Director of African American and African Diaspora Studies, University of Nevada Las Vegas

*Members of the UC Global Health Institute’s Black Lives Matter Task Force

**Winners of the Creative Expressions Contests will be announced throughout the program!