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26th Annual Minority Health Conference

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2005 Minority Health Conference, February 25, 2005

Introduction for William T. Small Jr. Keynote Lecture by Henry Louis Taylor, Jr.

Until his retirement in 1999, Dean William Small was Associate Dean and Senior Advisor for Multicultural Affairs in the School of Public Health.

Dedicated, compassionate, trusted, and insightful, Dean Small has been a friend to students of all backgrounds, and a special friend to minority students - seeking them out, opening doors, finding money for them, going to bat for them in so many ways and often without their even knowing, and staying available to them all the way through their degree programs - and after.

Dean Small's contributions go well beyond the School of Public Health. Together with a fellow UNC SPH alumnus, Dean Small established the undergraduate program in industrial hygiene and safety at St. Augustine's College, the first such program at a historically black institution of higher learning.

He is also a long-time faculty member at North Carolina Central University, and has served on numerous boards and commissions, including as vice-chair of the Durham County Board of Health.

Dean Small's service has been recognized with awards from the student body of the School of Public Health and its Minority Student Caucus, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and from its Black Alumni, and from the Black Caucus of Health Workers of APHA.

Dean Small and his wife Rosa remain strong supporters of the Conference that he guided for its first two decades. Please join me in an expression of appreciation to Dean William and Rosa Small.


Joining me as co-presider is Christopher Heaney, doctoral student in the Dept of Epidemiology and Conference Co-chair. Mr. Heaney will moderate the question and comment period after the Lecture.


We are all very excited to have Dr. Henry Louis Taylor, Jr. with us today and to be able to share his lecture with satellite participants in 27 states and over 200 Internet viewers.

Dr. Taylor is Professor, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, School of Architecture and Planning, and Director of the Center for Urban Studies, at the University at Buffalo in New York.

Dr. Taylor's teaching explores the urban building process, the role that race, class, and gender play in shaping the urban environment, and ways that planners can develop urban regions that meet the human needs of people of color.

His research focuses on black residential development and city and regional building at particular historical periods and over time. He is also working on a book about race and Cuba's neighborhood-based development strategy.

As Director of the Center for Urban Studies, Dr. Taylor uses the resources of the university to attack structural racism and the problems of distress and neighborhood underdevelopment in Western New York. He is currently leading a major community development project encompassing urban school reform, commercial corridor revitalization, and neighborhood improvement.

Dr. Taylor has received the William Wells Brown Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Preservation of African American History, the Fannie Mae Foundation Award for the Best Paper on Practice-based Learning in Housing or Community Development, and the YMCA Toast to Buiffalo Award for Outstanding Community Leadership.

Please welcome Dr. Henry Louis Taylor, Jr.

Click here to read the abstract for Health and the Built Environment: The Effects of Where We Live, Work and Play - The 7th Annual William T. Small, Jr. Keynote Lecture.


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