October 9, 2020 at 1:00pm
COVID-19 has exposed deep inequities in our society. This faculty panel will explore the structural inequalities laid bare by a pandemic that disproportionately affects so many along divisions of race, gender, and class. Co-sponsored by the Office of Equity & Inclusion and the Office of the Provost; organized in collaboration with Critical Political Studies, UMass.
Airin Martinez, Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management, UMass
Dr.Martinez's research examines the sociopolitical and institutional arrangements that produce chronic disease disparities among Latinx immigrants and their US-born children. Dr. Martinez’s current research examines how the local implementation of immigration enforcement policies creates material deprivation and psychosocial stress among Latinx mixed-status families, with at least one unauthorized immigrant.
Dean Robinson, Associate Professor of Political Science, UMass
Dr. Robertson is the co-author of "Health Disparities by Race and Class: Why Both Matter" and author of "The Black Family and U.S. Social Policy" and Black Nationalism in American Politics and Thought.
Javier Rodriguez, Vice Provost for Academic Programs, Professor of Biology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Dr. Rodríguez is an evolutionary biologist whose research focuses on elucidating the geographical distribution of genealogical lineages of amphibian and reptile species from the Puerto Rican Bank in the eastern Caribbean Sea, and on the feeding ecology of snakes from western North America.
Wilmore Webley, Associate Professor, Pre-Medical & Pre-Dental Advisor, UMass
Dr. Webley is the director of PreMed/PreHealth Advising, and oversees advising for 1,500 undergraduates across campus exploring careers in the medical, dental, and health fields. His research focuses on infectious disease mechanisms and the role of specific infections in chronic diseases.
Anna Maria Siega-Riz, Dean of the School of Public Health and Health Sciences, UMass
Dean Siega-Riz serves on the National Institutes of Health Council and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s Health and Medicine Division Advisory Committee. Previously, she served on the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Federal Advisory Committee, the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute Advisory Council and the USDA/DHHS Pregnancy Technical Expert Committee, B-24 Months Project.