Events / Collaborative Café Health Equity Series: Race & Equity in St. Louis Systems

Collaborative Café Health Equity Series: Race & Equity in St. Louis Systems

September 28, 2023
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Brown Lounge, Brown Hall

The Center for Community Health Partnership & Research at the Institute for Public Health and Institute of Clinical & Translational Sciences presents Collaborative for Community-Centered Conversations, a.k.a. “Collaborative Café”. Collaborative Café offers opportunities for researchers and community partners to network, share experiences, and learn from each other. 

The first in our fall series of events focused on racial equity, this panel discussion will explore the principles and foundations of the term “racial equity” in St. Louis and how clinicians, researchers, and services providers can apply these principles to practice. The event will end with time for Q&A.

This event is sponsored by the Center for Community Health Partnership and Research at the Institute for Public Health and the Institute of Clinical & Translational Sciences, with support from the Center for Race, Ethnicity & Equity (CRE2).


This event is open to all faculty, students, researchers, community members, and organizations dedicated to advancing equity through community-engaged research. This event will take place in person on the Washington University Danforth Campus.

Registration is strongly encouraged. Light refreshments will be provided.

Directions & Parking

This event will take place in the Brown Lounge in Brown Hall. Brown Hall is located on the Washington University Danforth Campus. View parking information and directions.

We will validate for parking for non-WUSTL/BJC attendees. We recommend parking in the East End Garage at the intersection of Forsyth Blvd. and Wrighton Way.

Accessibility Needs

If you have any accessibility needs, please contact Emily Hickner at We need to be notified at least five business days prior to the event to guarantee accommodation for interpretation and CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation) services.


Catalina Freixas
Associate Professor, Sam Fox School of Art and Design, Washington University in St. Louis

Catalina Freixas is engaged in urban humanities research and practice, with a focus on neighborhood resiliency. Freixas seeks to use Wraparound Theory as the intellectual framework to treat neighborhood problems in a comprehensive fashion while also intimately involving community residents and stakeholders. Her ultimate research objective is to use her current neighborhood project as the first step in developing an interventionist methodology that can be effectively employed elsewhere.

Jaqui Rogers
Program Manager for Organizational & Group Healing, InPower Institute

Jaqui Rogers is an experienced diversity, equity and inclusion professional who specializes in group facilitation and curriculum development. She has a demonstrated history of working in the health care, education, tech and finance industries.

Amana Nighat Nasir, MD
Pediatric Gastroenterologist, Mercy

With a foundational belief in community improvement, Dr. Nasir has played an active role in the medical education field, receiving “Teacher of the Year” and “Clinician of the Year” recognitions, as well as “Top Docs” by STL magazine 2021.

Among various community-based projects, Dr. Nasir has been involved in establishing the St. Louis Youth United for Diversity, Pakistan Day projects that focuses on involving young Pakistani Americans in projects, and civic engagement and mental health awareness programs.