Geier to Speak at UTHSC in Honor of Black History Month

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In honor of Black History Month, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) will be hosting Rita Geier, JD at noon on Tuesday, Feb. 24 in the Student Alumni Center.

In honor of Black History Month, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) will be hosting Rita Geier, JD at noon on Tuesday, February 24 in the Student Alumni Center, located near the corner of Dunlap and Madison.

Geier is the original plaintiff regarding Tennessee desegregation of institutions of higher education. Her presentation titled, “Unequal Treatment: Healing Prejudice,” will address the issue of racial disparities in medical treatment and its implications for health professionals.

In January 2002, Geier became executive counselor to the Commissioner of Social Security, serving as the primary advisor on Medicare appeals, legislative implementation and other key initiatives.

She holds a bachelor’s degree from Fisk University, a master’s degree from the University of Chicago and a law degree from Vanderbilt University. Also, Geier has been admitted to the Bar Association in Tennessee and Washington and admitted to practice in numerous federal courts.

More information may be obtained by contacting: Merlynn Clemons, UTHSC Director of Community Services, at 448-1239.