Celebrating Black History & Futures Month: Meet Camille Williams!

This Black History and Futures Month, we are spotlighting and celebrating our Black team and community members from across the organization as part of our We are Women’s series.

Name: Camille Williams

Pronouns: She/Her

Title & Department: Evaluation Specialist, WCH Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care (WIHV)

On the WCH team for: 2.5 years

1. Why did you choose to work at Women’s College Hospital?

I chose to come back to work at WCH because I enjoyed my postdoctoral fellowship here. I worked with a great team who did interesting and impactful work at the intersection of health services research, technology innovation and business. I wanted to continue learning from the brilliant staff at WIHV (Women’s College Hospital Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care) and, of course, to contribute to the work that they do.  

2. Why is Black History and Futures Month significant to you?

Black History and Futures Month is a reminder to nurture and celebrate Black joy all year long. We are inundated daily with stories of injustice and strife but the first step to creating a better a future is to dream. We must allow ourselves the space to dream about a future without anti-Black racism – and beyond that – a future full of Black joy! This month of remembrance and celebration is like fuel for carrying and nurturing those dreams throughout the year. 

3. Who is your Black mentor or role model? Why?

One of my role models is Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson – a marine biologist and climate activist. She remains hopeful and determined in the face of one of the biggest global challenges of our lifetimes. Further, she has found ways to share her hope and encourage others to find ways that they too can meaningfully and joyfully contribute to addressing the climate crisis. Whenever I start to feel like problems in healthcare are too big, I often think of her Climate Action Venn Diagram to remind myself of how I’m doing my part to move the needle on health system solutions.