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Dismantling Systemic Racism: The End Game


Rutgers School of Social Work and NJ ACTS Community Engagement Core are proud to sponsor the Twitter Chat "Dismantling Systemic Racism: The End Game"

Join this Twitter Chat to generate ideas and action steps to move society toward a plan to dismantle systemic racism. The chat will be hosted by Qiana L. Brown, PhD, MPH, LCSW (@QianaBrownPhD) Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Maternal and Child Health, Rutgers School of Social Work and School of Public Health, Department of Urban-Global Public Health; NJ ACTS Scholar in Clinical and Translational Science.

Panelists include:

Thomas A. LaVeist, PhD (@tlaveist) Dean of the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and Weatherhead Presidential Chair in Health Equity Thomas LaVeist is dean of the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. He has written over 150 scientific articles, appeared in numerous mass media outlets, authored six books, and is executive producer of “The Skin You’re In” documentary series about racial inequalities in health. An award winning research scientist, Dr. LaVeist has received the “Innovation Award” from National Institutes of Health, the “Knowledge Award” from the U.S.A. Department of Health and Human Services and was elected to the National Academy of Medicine.

Ayana Jordan, MD, PhD (@DrAyanaJordan) Associate Program Director, Yale Psychiatry Residency; Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine; Addiction Psychiatrist, Connecticut Mental Health Center Dr. Jordan earned an MD, PhD at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University where she became passionate about serving minority populations, specifically within psychiatry. She has done research in Sierra Leone, West Africa examining the link between, mental illness, substance use and stigma, and has served as an expert witness discussing the current mental health system in Sierra Leone. Locally, Dr. Jordan is working on a project to provide a computer based cognitive behavioral therapy program (CBT4CBT) within the Black Church, an evidence based therapeutic modality shown to be effective in decreasing substance use. Dr. Jordan is the proud recipient of various clinical and research awards and was recently inducted into the Top 40 under 40 society, by her undergraduate alma mater.

Devin English, PhD (@devinsenglish) Assistant Professor, Rutgers School of Public Health Dr. English earned his BA in Psychology from Macalester College and his PhD in Clinical/Community Psychology from the George Washington University. His pre-doctoral research focused on daily racial discrimination measurement and modeling its longitudinal effects on psychosocial outcomes among Black U.S. American adolescents and adults. He subsequently completed his postdoctoral research at Hunter College of the City University of New York where his research focused on examining the health effects of intersectional racial and sexual identity discrimination among Black sexual minority men.

The Twitter chat questions should encourage people and organizations to work backward from the goal of eradicating anti-Black racism and dismantling systemic racism in general, in order to formulate action steps (e.g., developing partnerships or policies) that would move society toward accomplishing this goal.

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