Past Event

Stigma and Racism in Times of Epidemics

April 17, 2020
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
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Event Description: 

Please join the Columbia School of Social Work for an important panel discussion of epidemics and the insidious ways that stigma and racism affect our response to them. Previous epidemics—HIV/AIDS, SARS, Ebola, and others—have been accompanied by waves of discriminatory behaviors, actions, and policies.

We now see this with the Coronavirus crisis. While it is clear that the virus does not discriminate or target the members of any racial or ethnic group, incidents of anti-Asian bias and discrimination are currently on the rise. Racist behaviors negatively affect the mental and physical health of Asian-identified members of our community. For non-Asian identified people, we must be even more self-aware and mindful of our generalizations and assumptions about Asian people. And we have an even greater responsibility to show empathy and care to all in our community.

We hope this session will help us to respond as a community, and to explore and challenge our own biases, our processes, and our engagement in difficult dialogues about racism.

Event Speakers:

  • Merlin Chowkwanyun, Donald H. Gemson Assistant Professor of Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University
  • Alissa Davis, Assistant Professor of Social Work at Columbia University
  • Robert Fullilove, Professor of Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University
  • Karma Lowe, Social Work Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity at Inclusion at Columbia University
  • Hosted by Melissa Begg, Vice Provost for Academic Programs

Event Information:

Free and open to the public, however registration is required. The online event link will be sent to registered attendees. 

The event is sponsored by Columbia School of Social Work's Office of the Dean and the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion