Upcoming School of Public Health events related to diversity and inclusion.
Past Event Recordings
Hear SPH’s new Assistant Professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, Kyle X. Hill present his research on climate change and health equity within Indigenous Communities. Racism and climate change have disproportionate effects on the lives of minoritised people both within countries and between the Global North and the Global South. Dr. Hill’s research aims to address this through three main aims: Show the unequal health impacts of climate change due to racism, xenophobia, and discrimination. Highlight inequalities in responsibility for climate change and the effects thereof. Highlight the pathways through which climate change, discrimination, and health interact in most affected areas.
We will not achieve the goal of dismantling white supremacy without white people working together to understand how white supremacy and racial bias are defining characteristics of our whiteness. In this work, white people must engage with BIPOC and white individuals and communities. However, white people learning about and discussing whiteness can elicit fear, anger, confusion, denial, shame, blame, and the “good white/bad white” dynamic. This presentation by Sky Jarvi will explore how white people can engage from within – within ourselves and within our own white communities.
Justice in Public Health: Environmental Justice: The next Frontier of Social Justice
May 22, 2023
Catherine Coleman Flowers unearths America’s dirty secret in her talks about environmental justice, touching on one of the least discussed forms of inequality – equal access to water and sanitation. As Catherine shares, these issues are often “out of sight, out of mind” for most of the United States, but they need our attention. Flowers draws audiences in with her in-depth knowledge at the intersection of environmental issues and systemic race, class, and geographic prejudice.
Justice in Public Health: Design Justice
March 22, 2023
Sasha Costanza-Chock (she/they/ella/elle) is a researcher and designer who works to support community-led processes that build shared power, dismantle the matrix of domination, and advance ecological survival. They are a nonbinary trans* femme. Sasha is known for their work on networked social movements, transformative media organizing, and design justice.
During this event, Imani Barbarin explores the realities of navigating work while living with a chronic illness and/or a disability, how to advocate for yourself while achieving your work goals and how companies can create a work environment that supports every body.
Justice in Public Health: Transgender Justice: Highs and Lows in 2022
November 10, 2022
During this presentation, Trystan Reese discusses the intersections between transgender justice and public health that have emerged in 2021 and 2022.
During this presentation, Ms. Hunter will discuss current research and trends in addressing racism as a public health issue and explore civic engagement as one strategy to achieve health and racial equity.
During this presentation, Dr. Rodriguez-Diaz will discuss health inequities affecting Latino populations and will describe the interventions and research that he has developed to create more equitable public health conditions.
Justice in Public Health: Racism, not Race
April 7, 2022
Hear a discussion from the authors of Racism not Race, Joseph L. Graves Jr. and Alan H. Goodman. The two distinguished scientists will discuss the findings highlighted in their book about the common misconceptions about race, human biology, and racism and how this relates to public health.
A 90-minute lecture and discussion that covers a high-level overview of the health research on the criminal, legal and immigration systems, as well as current abolitionist advocacy and organizing to improve individual, family, and community health.
The way violence is generally defined, especially by legal and criminal justice systems, is limited. It fails to properly count, explain or provide solutions to violence. In a talk based on their first book Everyday Violence: The Public Harassment of Women and LGBTQ People, Dr. Simone Kolysh relies on the sociology of gender and sexuality, LGBTQ studies, intersectionality, and urban sociology to rethink violence as both a continuum and pervasive across society.
Justice in Public Health: Engaging Research from Scholars of Color
February 4, 2022
In this interactive presentation session, attendees will learn the following from a public health lens: (1) the impact of citational inequity and content erasure; (2) examples of contemporary movements to increase citational equity; and (3) Articulate opportunities to improve and center a range of diverse people and voices in research, writing, and course development.
Critical race theory has recently received a lot of attention from both its critics and advocates. This session will cover some of the core insights offered by critical race theorists, drawing on examples impacting the health and well-being of people of color.
Justice in Public Health: Acknowledging the Land
November 11, 2021
Incorporating land acknowledgements into spoken and written word is a powerful way to honor native land, and is “a step toward correcting the stories and practices that erase Indigenous people’s history and culture and toward inviting and honoring the truth.” (Honor Native Land)
Health disparities in the African American community are particularly stark when it comes to heart disease. According to the Minnesota Department of Health, Minnesota’s African American adults aged 35-64 die from heart disease at approximately two times the rate of their white counterparts.
Keynote speakers Rachel Hardeman, Camara Phyllis Jones, and Michael Osterholm, have a timely conversation, moderated by Jaime Slaughter-Acey, exploring COVID-19 policy considerations and vaccination strategies through a lens of social justice and structural racism.
In the midst of a pandemic and several other public health crises, we all want to do something. As graduate students, public health practitioners, or even parents, it can be challenging to see where you can make a difference. However, we all have a role to play. Environmental activist and advocate Janiece Watts will lead a conversation on finding our role in justice movements.
Hosted by the SPH Division of Epidemiology and Community Health
It is clear that in order to eliminate the pervasive racial health inequities we see in Minnesota, institutions – including health care systems – need to name and work to dismantle structural racism. In a recent study completed for United States of Care, we worked with an advisory group to develop a framework for health care to do work within their systems and in partnership with others to eliminate inequities.
Strengthening Our Community in Light of Tragedy
June 5, 2020
Hosted by the SPH Division of Epidemiology and Community Health
Our community, and specifically the African American community, is grieving in the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder by police. We offer condolences to Mr. Floyd’s family, his friends, and to all in our SPH community and those around us who carry the disproportionate pain and burden of police violence and structural racism.
This webinar brings us together to discuss George Floyd’s death, the actions of police in Black communities, and our roles as agents of change in public health and the community. Drs. Rhonda Jones-Webb and Sonya Brady share their work on improving relations between police and young Black men. They are joined by Phyllis Thomas, Study Coordinator for the ARIC Study, and Tricia Alexander, Public Health Nutrition MPH student, for discussion moderated by Dr. Jaime Slaughter-Acey.
Beyond the Pale: Examining the Role Racism Plays in Research
April 12, 2019
Hosted by the SPH EDIT Team
This is a panel discussion on the past, present, and future of race and racism in medical research. The event was sponsored by EDIT (Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Team), which chose Bad Blood as their book club read for the spring 2019 semester. The book focuses on the infamous Tuskegee experiments and set the scene for the discussion. Panelists included Micheal Oakes, Chris Warlick, and Fareed Awan.