For Faculty and Staff: Historic Roots of Structural Racism

Mo Barbosa

Monday, October 5, 2020 -
2:30pm to 4:00pm

Location: ONLINE

The School of Public Health and Health Sciences invites faculty and staff to the next webinar in its SPHHS special seminar series. Join us on Monday, October 5th, from 2:30-4:00 pm as we welcome Mo Barbosa, Director of Community Engagement at Health Resources in Action, for a discussion on the historical context of structural racism.

Pre-register here for the Zoom link. Questions? Contact Carey Simos at

Historic Roots of Structural Racism

Structural racism is at the root of the inequities we see in American society and those roots run deep into the history of the nation. This session will explore the connections between historical injustices and their present day effects with a focus on how policies and institutional practice create, exacerbate and maintain inequity.

About Mo Barbosa:

Mo Barbosa is the Director of Community Engagement at Health Resources in Action. Prior to joining HRiA, he was Program Coordinator for the Fellowship Center in St. Louis, MO and Director of the Area 4 Youth Center in Cambridge, MA. Mo delivers training, provides technical assistance, and participates in field-building initiatives. He promotes the professionalization of the youth-worker field through work on legislation, youth worker networks, and partnerships with higher education. As a trainer, Mo builds the skills of participants while keeping connections to theory. A long-time facilitator of community processes, he works with gangs, parents, youth, political organizations, tenant councils, and community resident groups. His current community work is in the Area 4/Port neighborhood of Cambridge, focusing on violence and other community issues. Mo chairs the Men of Color Task Force for the City of Cambridge, serves on the boards of the Phillips Brooks House Association, the Port Action Group, and the Design Studio for Social Intervention. Additionally, he has participated in various local, state, and national boards and steering committees focusing on a wide range of issues from youth work to international relations.

And please join us for future talks in our anti-racism webinar series (dates and details to follow soon):

  • Talking about race, racism, and racial inequities
  • But I'm not a racist!
  • Advancing racial equity in mostly white contexts
  • Race-conscious leadership in higher education
  • Inclusive pedagogy and classroom transformation
  • Improving and advancing equity goals through incentivizing and accountability