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UM virtual event series aims to explore racial disparities resulting from pandemic

The Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan is launching a series of virtual events with a discussion of the local impact of safety nets on communities of color during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Among the panelists for Friday’s event, part of a series hosted by the Center for Racial Justice, are William Lopez, assistant clinical professor in the UM School of Public Health as well as an associate professor to the Latina/o curriculum and Poverty Solutions. .

Other panelists are Kat Stafford, a national investigative writer for The Associated Press, where she examines how structural racism has fueled inequality in the United States; and Charles E. Williams II, pastor of the historic King Solomon Baptist Church in Detroit and Michigan president of the National Action Network. Williams is also engaged in research at the UM Center on Assets, Education and Inclusion and Solutions to Poverty.

The panel will be moderated by Mara Ostfeld, associate director of faculty at Poverty Solutions and research assistant at the Ford School. Ostfeld serves as faculty leader for the Metro Detroit Community Study.

The series aims to explore local and state policies responding to racial health and economic disparities resulting from the pandemic. The series brings together policy makers, journalists, researchers and community leaders.

The Center for Racial Justice, led by Celeste Watkins-Hayes, is dedicated to education, research, and action for racial justice. One of its goals is to harness public policy as a tool for racial equity.

The co-sponsors of this event are Poverty Solutions and the National Center for Institutional Diversity. The next events are scheduled for May 6 and June 10.

Cameron Webb, assistant professor of medicine and public health sciences at the University of Virginia and senior policy advisor for COVID-19 equity on the White House COVID-19 Response Team, must participate on May 6. He will speak with Luke Shaefer, Head of Faculty at Poverty Solutions.

For June 10, Joneigh Khaldun, former Michigan State Chief Medical Officer and current Vice President and Chief Equity Officer of CVS Health, will be in conversation with Watkins-Hayes.