About Sharon G.E. Washington, Ed.D., MPH
Sharon G.E. Washington is renowned for engaging diverse audiences on the complex intersections of race, historical trauma, social inequality and justice, and the impact of these factors on health outcomes. An award-winning educator, Sharon creates and instructs courses and trainings reflecting the deliberate use of educational settings as safe spaces for healing from the social and cultural trauma of racism, sexism, homophobia, and other forms of oppression that limit the capacity of the human spirit, so that learners may use that power to heal the world.
For three years, Sharon was an Assistant Professor of Instruction for the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) at her alma mater, Temple University, where she received teaching and service awards, and served as the founder and Chair of the Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging in SBS (DIBS) Committee.
Prior to joining Temple, Sharon served as a lecturer in the Department of Medical Education, and Director for Curriculum Development and Academic Enhancement for the Center for Multicultural and Community Affairs (CMCA) at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. In this capacity, Sharon developed anti-racist curriculum, and delivered lectures and interactive seminars to graduate, medical, and pre-med collegiate students on the intersection of race, sexuality, social justice, public health and medicine. One such course, Deconstructing Race in Medicine and Health: Our Patients and Ourselves, is a student-led elective course Dr. Washington created and has implemented among MPH, nursing and medical students, and other health care professionals in training. Lessons learned from this course include participants feeling more equipped and comfortable talking about race in class; comfort talking with professors and classmates improved after participating in the course; and students reported increased knowledge and ability to communicate about the origins and definition of race and the implications of racism as a health risk factor.
Sharon is a Gates Millennium Scholar, class of 2003, and a past President of the Gates Millennium Scholars Alumni Association, a network of over 20,000 diverse millennial scholars and professionals. She leveraged this experience and network to found and lead The Fierce Leadership for Youth (FLY) Academy, based at Hostos Community College in the Bronx, NY. Through this work, she connected low-income, minority youth with mentors and assisted high school graduating seniors in accumulating $6.5 million in grants and scholarships for college in just four years.
Sharon received her Bachelor of Arts in African American Studies from Temple University and her Master of Public Health from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Sharon earned her Doctorate of Education at Teachers College of Columbia University, where her research explored medical students self-rating of preparedness to engage in effective cross-cultural care.