Conference/Symposium | November 4 | 12-6 p.m. |  Hotel Shattuck Plaza | Note change in location

Location: 2086 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704


  • Helena Hansen, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Anthropology, New York University;
  • Stef Bertozzi, Dean, School of Public Health, UC Berkeley;
  • Kelly Knight, Assistant Professor, Anthropology, History, and Social Medicine, UC San Francisco;
  • Rupa Marya, Assistant Professor, UCSF School of Medicine;
  • James Quesada, Professor of Anthropology, San Francisco State University;
  • Shirley Strong, Chief Diversity Officer, Samuel Merritt University;
  • John Balmes, Chair, UCB-UCSF Joint Medical Program;
  • Bruce Link, Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Public Policy, UC Riverside

Structural competency is a new framework for understanding and responding to the inequalities that make individuals and populations sick. This framework analyzes institutional and structural hierarchies and discrimination in order to confront the ways these lead to sickness and disease. This conference, the first focused on structural competency in the contexts of public health and social welfare, will bring together national experts and local community organizations to imagine paths toward a more equal and healthy future.

Registration recommended

Registration info: Register by November 2 online.

Event Contact:, 510-642-0813


Sponsored by Berkeley Center for Social Medicine, School of Public Health, and Samuel Merritt University

Co-sponsored by DICE; Rad MedStudents for Racial justice, Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity (STRIDE)UCSF Global Health SciencesSchool of Social WelfareHealth Equity and Diversity Cluster of the Haas institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society

This event is funded by the UCB Graduate Assembly. Open to all and free of charge. Event is ADA accessible. For disability accommodation requests and information, please contact Disability Access Services by phone at 510.643.6456 (voice) or 510.642.6376 (TTY) or by email at