Petit Institute Diversity Town Hall - Race and Racism in Bioengineering and Bioscience

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Kaye Husbands Fealing, Ph.D.
Dean and Ivan Allen Jr. Chair, Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts, Georgia Tech

With opening presentation by:
Manu Platt, Ph.D.
Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Tech and Emory University

COVID-19 is a Health Disparity
This town hall discussion is focused on the scientific problem of today: COVID-19. There are multiple aspects to research angles on COVID-19: therapeutics, diagnosis, co-morbidities, public health, public policy, healthcare systems, and more. As we tackle this multivariate problem as a community, this session will also highlight the health disparities associated with COVID-19, presenting an additional perspective to include when thinking of biomedical and other solutions to address this health problem that has rocked our lives over the last seven months.

The Petit Institute Diversity Committee is beginning a series on the ways that we can all think about systemic racism and inequities in research and training of graduate students and postdocs across our disciplines.

We must confront the routines, biases and contradictions that preserve the status quo. This town hall is a fresh call to antiracist action in the bioengineering and bioscience community. Please join our conversation as we look within our own community for the ways in which all of our members can answer the call.

Petit Diversity Committee Members:
Edward Botchwey (BME, Committee Chair)
Andrés García (ME, Petit Institute Executive Director)
María Coronel (ME, Postdoctoral Representative)
Nettie Brown (BME, Pre-doctoral Representative)
Lakeita Servance (Petit Institute, Staff Representative)
Milan Riddick (BME, Undergraduate Representative)


We hope to have a large number of participants and will be encouraging an open dialogue with as many attendees as time permits following the opening presentation by Professor Platt. During the opening remarks and presentation, all attendees' microphones and cameras should remain off. Participants will be encouraged to utilize the "Chat" feature for comments and questions throughout the event. We look forward to listening and learning from each other.


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  • Created By: Colly Mitchell
  • Created: 09/24/2020
  • Modified By: Colly Mitchell
  • Modified: 10/16/2020


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