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Grit, Grace, and Motivation in the Face of Adversity

Retired Army Surgeon General Nadja West speaks with Fletcher about her perspectives on race, equity and justice from her life and long career in the U.S. military.

For the second installment in our joint conversation series with Tufts' Institute for Global Leadership examining "Global Perspectives on Race, Justice & Equity,” we virtually welcomed retired Army Surgeon General Lt. Gen. Nadja West for a discussion moderated by Professor of Practice in International Politics Abi Williams.

West was the 44th Army surgeon general and the former commanding general of U.S. Army medical command, as well as the Army's first African American surgeon general, the first African American female three-star general, and the highest ranking woman graduate of West Point. In the video below, she shares lessons-learned from her 30+ year career - from the culture shock of being an African American woman in the military to assumptions about her accomplishments due to her minority status - and reflects on the racial discrimination she’s experienced throughout her life and career. West also shares advice for students in today’s turbulent political and social world.

Tune in below to watch the full conversation. 

 
"Global Perspectives on Race, Justice & Equity" with Nadja West

We are live-streaming the second installment in our joint conversation series with the Institute for Global Leadership at Tufts University "Global Perspectives on Race, Justice & Equity." Tune in for a virtual discussion with Lieutenant General (ret) Nadja West, moderated by #FletcherProf Abi Williams. LTG West is the 44th Army Surgeon General and the former Commanding General of US Army Medical Command. She is the Army's first African American Surgeon General, the first African American woman 3-star General, and the highest ranking woman graduate of West Point.

Posted by The Fletcher School at Tufts University on Thursday, August 20, 2020
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