Crystal R. Emery’s documentary Black Women in Medicine, which shines the spotlight on women who have succeeded in the male-dominated medical field, will have its Massachusetts premiere on Saturday, May 6, at Wellesley College. The film showing is a part of a free program running between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. that is presented by the Greater Boston Diva Docs, a collective of female physicians of African descent.
The day will include a screening and discussion of the film, led by Emery, followed by three workshops, “Building Bridges: The Power of the Sisterhood,” on exploring how to create bonds between Black and White women in medical professions; “From Conversation to Action,” laying out effective steps to create systemic changes in the medical field and beyond; and “Recruitment and Retention,” to inform the practices of medical-school staff with recruitment and retention duties.
Changing the Face of STEM is a national campaign designed by Emery to encourage women and young people of color to pursue careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Currently, fewer than two percent of physicians in the U.S. are African-American women.
Emery, a quadriplegic, has triumphed over two chronic diseases to become an outspoken voice on the intersection between race, gender and disability.
The event, which includes Q&A and book signing, takes place at Wellesley College’s Diana Chapman Walsh Alumnae Hall Auditorium, 106 Central Street, Wellesley.