Ithaca College Honors Program Rapid Response Salon on COVID-19

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Friday May 15, 2020  11 AM in Eastern Standard Time (US and Canada)


Dr. Belisa González Associate Professor, Sociology and Director, Center for the Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity

Dr. Judy Griffin, Primary Care Physician, REACH Medical, Ithaca, New York

Yolanda Clarke, Manager of Tutoring Services and Department of Health Promotion and Physical Education

Moderated by Dr. Shaianne Osterreich, Associate Professor, Economics

In partnership with the Ithaca College Honors program, join our faculty and alumni experts in our latest Rapid Response Salon conversation that focuses on education, students, and teaching around the COVID-19 pandemic. Hear their insights in an engaging live format meant to provide expert commentary.

Dr.  Belisa González is Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for the Study of Culture Race and Ethnicity at Ithaca College. She co-chaired the Atlanta Organizing Committee for Undoing Racism.  Her teaching and research focus on inter and intra group relations between African Americans and Latina/os across and within US communities of color. She has investigated cross-racial organizing efforts intergroup dynamics. She currently explores how Atlanta middle-class Dominican and Mexican immigrants experience discrimination. She co-created workshops on inequality in higher education, focusing on hiring inclusiveness and excellence, classroom micro-aggressions,  how to have difficult dialogues in the workplace.

Dr. Judy Griffin is board-certified in internal medicine and works as a primary care physicain and buprenorphine provider at REACH in Ithaca, NY. She serves as the Director of Research at REACH Medical and is the Director of the Rural Health Equity Training Collaborative (RHETC), affiliated with Cayuga Medical Center.  Dr. Griffinalso holds an appointment as a Clinical Instructor in Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College and is a member of the Criminal Justice-Alternatives to Incarceration Advisory Board for Tompkins County.

Yolanda Clarke is the manager of Tutoring Services and Program Director of the Emerging and Professional Leaders Program at Ithaca College.  She teaches “Inequalities in Health” in the Department of Health Promotion and Physical Education and has taught an Ithaca Seminar, “High as a Kite:  A Nation under the Influence.”  Yolanda has spent 30 years of in higher education.  In each roles, she directs special attention to historically underrepresented students. Prior to Ithaca College, she worked for the Monroe County Department of Social Services with unemployed families.  She is currently a doctoral student at the University of Rochester.