News and Upcoming Events

Hiring: Assistant Professor

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The Center for Bioethics and Social Justice invites applications for a faculty position in bioethics, oriented toward social justice. This will be a full-time, fixed-term (non-tenure track), annual year appointment. Duties will include teaching, curriculum development, research and outreach activities.

Review of applications will begin August 2, 2021. Visit posting 714814 at for full details.

Recording Available: Trauma, Community Health and the Criminal Legal System

A recording of the September 13th webinar is now available with closed captions. This webinar was co-presented by the Center for Bioethics and Social Justice and the Henry Ford Health System Health Disparities Research Collaborative, and features Jennifer Cobbina, PhD, Christina DeJong, PhD, Carmen McIntyre Leon, MD, Sean Valles, PhD, and Christine Joseph, PhD.

Abortion Restrictions and Compulsory Organ Donation

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Parker Crutchfield, PhD, and Emily Carroll

Join the discussion! The authors will respond to comments posted through October 7, 2021.

Parker Crutchfield, PhD, is Associate Professor in the Department of Medical Ethics, Humanities, and Law at Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine.; Emily Carroll is a third-year medical student at Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine.

Opinion: Getting vaccinated is an act of revolution for Black Americans

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The Detroit Free Press has published an opinion piece from Center Assistant Director and Associate Professor Karen Kelly-Blake, PhD.

"Getting the vaccine and not dying from COVID or its complications is revolutionary because we want to live. We want to be everything America says we are not and cannot be — but we are America."

Listen: Social Justice-Oriented Bioethics

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Social Justice-Oriented Bioethics: Kelly-Blake and Valles - Episode 25

Our May episode of No Easy Answers in Bioethics features Director Sean A. Valles, PhD, and Assistant Director Karen Kelly-Blake, PhD. Their conversation relates to the Center's new name: Center for Bioethics and Social Justice. They discuss moving forward in the bioethics space, what engaging in service to the people means to them, and the important work to be done to a create a healthier and more socially just world.