Loyola University Chicago

Diversity and Inclusion at Loyola

HSD Keynote Speaker


The Executive Council on Diversity and Inclusion is excited to announce that the 2019 Health Sciences Division's MLK Keynote Speaker is Dr. David Ansell - an expert in community health equity and transformative epidemiology!

This program engaged students, faculty, and staff from schools/departments across the Health Sciences Division in a dynamic evening of hybrid learning—integrating the power of documentary film, community-engaged research, and provider-advocacy — to cultivate greater awareness and catalyze more collective action to address the tremendous and persistent health inequities featured in the documentary Power to Heal, and Dr. David Ansell’s most recent book The Death Gap. After Dr. Ansell’s talk, the evening will conclude with a hosted reception in the Stritch School of Medicine Atrium.

Event Details

  • January 24 | 5:30PM - 8:00PM
  • Tobin Hall | Health Sciences Campus

The event recording is available online.

Contact: Questions? Please contact Mark Torrez at mtorrez@luc.edu.

The following note was distributed to all registrants planning to attend the HSD Keynote Speaker event on January 24 at the Health Sciences campus.

On behalf of the Office of the President, the Executive Council on Diversity and Inclusion, and the Loyola Health Sciences Division, thank you for registering to attend the inaugural Health Sciences MLK Celebration Keynote Event, The Power to Heal: Leadership in Times of Great Despair[ity].

We are tremendously proud to present a dynamic, symposium-style program that leverages interdisciplinary perspectives, research and professional expertise to address the persistent health inequities of our time. In particular, we are proud to host a screening of Dr. Barbara Berney’s poignant documentary The Power to Heal, which will be introduced and framed by historian Dr. James Mendez’s opening address, and then further contextualized and extended to consider inequity more locally, in our Chicagoland communities, by our esteemed keynote speaker, physician and social epidemiologist Dr. David AnsellDr. Ansell’s interview with University Marketing & Communications can be accessed using this LINK.

Please read the following sections of this email carefully for important details and reminders regarding the event. Should you have questions, concerns, or need to amend your RSVP, please contact Mark Torrez (Program Manager, SSOM Office of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion) immediately at mtorrez@luc.edu or 708-216-2481. 


  • The event will take place on Thursday, January 24, 2019 on Loyola’s Health Sciences Campus in the Stritch School of Medicine Tobin Hall (room 190).
    • NOTE: Please see the attached map if you are unfamiliar with the Health Sciences Campus.  


  • For all members of the Health Sciences Division (i.e., anyone who regularly parks on this campus): Parking is available in Parking Decks A, B, and C. Because we anticipate that we will broach capacity for this event, please consider carpooling and/or using public transportation when traveling to campus. If you’re coming to campus just for this event, leave ample time to find a parking space. 
  • The core program will begin promptly at 5:30 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early ensure adequate time to find parking, check in, enjoy coffee/hot tea, popcorn, and assorted candy concessions in the Stritch 1st Floor Lobby (beginning at 5:00 p.m.), and be seated prior to the start of the program. 
  • For all non-HSD Loyola and/or community partner constituents: Please park in Parking Deck A (see map). When entering the garage, please pull a ticket (as normal) and ask for a validation ticket when you check-in. If you get lost or have questions, ask a local security officer/attendant to direct you to Loyola University Medical Center Patient/Visitor Parking Deck A.
    • NOTE: Only non-HSD guests are eligible to receive validation tickets. Any HSD guests who park in Deck A will be responsible for the cost of parking.
  • All attendees should enter the Stritch School of Medicine through the main, first-floor entrance (by the security desk) to check-in prior to the start of the event.
    • NOTE: To properly manage security, accessibility, and the seating capacity of Tobin Hall, no guests will be permitted entry unless they first check in at the registration table in the SSOM 1st Floor Lobby.  


o   NOTE: Out of respect for our esteemed speakers and full audience, all attendees who check-in after the start of the program will be escorted to the SSOM 2nd Floor to be seated via the back entrance of Tobin Hall.



  • The core program (Tobin Hall) will be supported by closed captioning, dictation service, and a sign language interpreter. Additional accommodations needs should be directed to Mark Torrez (mtorrez@luc.edu). 


  • The event will culminate with a brief reception in the Stritch School of Medicine Atrium, co-sponsored by the Executive Council on Diversity and Inclusion, Provost Callahan, and Interim Dean Marzo. Hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine will be served from approximately 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 

Once again, thank you in advance for your presence at this important Loyola Health Sciences community event—and we look forward to sharing a powerful evening together, as we honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Mark Torrez


Mark Anthony Torrez, M.Ed.
[Pronouns]: he/him/his
Program Manager Office of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion | Stritch School of Medicine
Doctoral Candidate | Higher Education | School of Education
[o]: 708-216-2481
[c]: 419-351-2448
[e]: mtorrez@luc.edu