What can, and should, faculty members, students and the community be doing in response to institutional racism and its role in shaping health equity?
The webinar will also explore how systemic racism influences health outcomes and what the COVID-19 pandemic has revealed about the relationship between racism and health equity.
The panelists will be: Whitney Pirtle, assistant professor at University of California, Merced; Rachel Hardeman, associate professor at the University of Minnesota; and Courtney Cogburn, associate professor at the Columbia School of Social Work.
Jamila Michener, associate professor of government in the College of Arts and Sciences and co-director of CCHEq, will serve as moderator.
“Each of these scholars has been a vital part of discussions and engagement in the wake of the crises we have recently experienced in the United States – a global health crisis and massive uprisings against racism and police violence,” Michener said.
Hardeman was recently appointed to the Minnesota Maternal Mortality Review Committee and the CDC Maternal Mortality Review Information Application Bias work group, where she is working to develop a measure of structural racism to be included when reviewing maternal deaths.
Cogburn is the lead creator of 1000 Cut Journey, an immersive virtual reality racism experience that was developed in collaboration with the Virtual Human Interaction Lab at Stanford University and which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2018.
Pirtle’s research focuses on racism, identity and health equity, with an emphasis on how social structures, like racial hierarchies, impact individuals lived experiences and well-being.
“This webinar is an effort to reach those who do not know about the ways Black communities ‘bear the physical burdens of centuries of injustice,’ as Rachel Hardeman wrote in ‘Stolen Breaths,’” Michener said. “Our goal for this event is to inform them. Even further, we hope to reach those who know, but choose not to act, and to engage them.”
Linda B. Glaser is the news and media relations manager for the College of Arts and Sciences.