February 24, 2023

SLU AT Speaker Series Event Addresses Key Factors in Reducing Health Disparities

The Saint Louis University Athletic Training Program hosted its 12th Annual Speaker Series and Recognition Ceremony on Monday, February 20 at 7:00pm in the Education Union Auditorium on SLU's South Campus. 

The event was presented by the Saint Louis University chapter of Iota Tau Alpha - the Athletic Training Honor Society - and supported by the SLU Student Government Association. The evening began with the 2022 initiation ceremony for the SLU Alpha Iota Chapter of Iota Tau Alpha, the National Athletic Training Honor Society.

Alpha Iota Chapter - Iota Tau Alpha
2023 Honorees
Tori Connelly
Olivia Hiscox

Scholarship award winners Alex Smith, Lauren Swords and Emily Haley were also recognized.  Bob and Marnie Burgett recognized the winner of the Brandi Burgett Memorial Award and Scholarship.

Erin Schmidt, Campus Minister, started off the event with an invocation.  

The keynote speaker for the event was Kysha Harriell, PhD, LAT, ATC, Associate Dean of Race, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Miami.

The title of her presentation was 
Reducing Health Disparities: The Importance of Culture and Communication

Following the keynote presentation, there was a panel discussion moderated by SLU faculty member Katie Sniffen MS, ATC featuring Destinee Grove, MS, LAT, ATC, East St. Louis High School Head Athletic Trainer; Rabia Rahman, Ph.D., RD, LD, Interim Chair of the SLU Nutrition and Dietetics department; and Enzo Okpoye, current SLU student and member of the SLU Men’s Soccer team.

This event was an informative and memorable experience!