African American Advisory Board

The African American Advisory Board (AAAB) was established in August, 2000 to counsel the ADRC research team concerning cultural sensitivity and appropriate outreach strategies to encourage active, long-term participation of African Americans in memory and aging studies at Washington University School of Medicine. The AAAB is committed to inclusiveness, diversity, and justice (fairness) for research participants. Membership of the board consists of influential members of the St. Louis African American community from various professional backgrounds or partner organizations. The Knight ADRC community is most grateful for the dedicated service of all our AAAB members.

Tasks of Board Members:

  • Actively represent the research mission and participation interests of the Knight ADRC in the African American community.

  • Serve as an ambassador and liaison for the Knight ADRC in building strong individual and local partnerships to enhance research participation.

  • Advise Washington University investigators in the development of culturally appropriate and sensitive education, outreach, recruitment, and retention strategies, products and programs.

  • Review print, video and other materials of the ADRC to ensure the communication of consistent, appropriate, and effective messages.

  • Current Board Members as of 2016
    Douglas Petty, Chair
    C. Jessel Strong, Vice-Chair
    Benita Austin
    Alex Carter
    Karen Collins
    Beverly Foster
    Ron Gregory
    Shawni Jackson-Triggs
    Collins Lewis
    Martin Matthews
    Mary A. Polk
    Norman R. Seay
    Sallie Simmons
    Jesse Swanigan
    Mary Thomas Sidney White