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Upcoming Events

HWSPH Public Health Grand Rounds

 "Why Public Health Needs Liberation Theology" 
Claudia E. Ordóñez, M.A
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PST

Frequently used since the 1990s by U.S. public health practitioners working in Community Health and Development, Community-Based Participatory and Action Research (CBPAR) is a well-established research framework that emphasizes equity by implementing organizing principles and meaningfully and purposively involving relevant stakeholder groups in all stages of the research design process. When looking at the historical roots of CBPAR, there is evidence of a harmonic dialectical relationship between this research approach and Liberation Theology (see, for example, Orlando Fals-Borda and Paulo Freire). Acknowledging the need for and commitment to radical change as necessary for achieving social justice, CBPAR in the US has been influenced by movements for liberation and struggles for transformation in the Americas and beyond. This presentation will propose using three of Liberation Theology’s notions or principles (the preferential option for the poor; structural violence; and accompaniment) in tandem with the CBPAR framework as a key approach for the practice of public health as health justice. Given its transformational and liberatory goals, CBPAR offers an appropriate and effective framework for engaging with communities in addressing health inequalities and inequities.

Claudia E. Ordóñez, Anthropologist and M.A. in Intercultural Relations, is adjunct faculty at the Hubert Department of Global Health, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University.  Using the lenses of medical and applied anthropology, professor Ordóñez's work includes HIV/AIDS research; interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary research collaborations; intercultural competence conceptualization, evaluation, and trainings; South African plural health system research; and international development partnerships. She teaches Community Health Assessment and Community Transformation courses at Emory University and has ongoing biomedical and public health research collaborations based in Atlanta and South Africa, including NIH funded projects on COVID-19 among marginalized US populations and Non-Communicable Diseases and HIV health care integration in South Africa. She is proudly a Colombian immigrant.

"Hacking Systemic Inequities through Digital Resilience" 

Nishal Mohan, PhD
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PST

Dr. Nishal Mohan’s passion for global social impact stems from a deep-rooted perspective acquired through his experiences of having lived in poverty, an immigrant from underserved and underrepresented parts of society, a scientist, a technologist, and policy architect. His leadership, dedication, and presence have gained the attention of various global trailblazers such as President Obama, who follows him on Twitter. He serves on multiple international nonprofit boards and has led government, nonprofits, universities, and corporations in transforming communities, cities, and regions through next generation science and technologies.

 In 2018, Nishal founded mohuman, a social impact nonprofit and pioneer of smart solutions to digital equity, with like-minded quality, implementingpartners across the world to help those most in need. Previously, Nishal directed the US Ignite Smart Gigabit Communities Program, managing more than twenty-five cities to adopt next generation technologies for smart and connected cities and regions with sustainable innovation ecosystems and economies. Nishal joined US Ignite after serving as an AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow in the Office of the Assistant Director, Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering at the National Science Foundation (NSF). He developed and drove national policies and initiatives across the US Federal Government in Big Data and data science, smart and connected health, and next generation internet technologies and applications for smarter cities.

HWSPH Community Restorative Justice Events


"The Roots of Anti-Asian Racism and Violence"
Simeon Man, PhD 
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PST

Dr. Simeon Man, Associate Professor of History and the Director of the Asian American & Pacific Islander Studies Program at UC San Diego will speak on “The Roots of Anti-Asian Racism and Violence” followed by discussions on actionable steps to combat racism, including on our campus. This session will be student-centered, and all members of the School are invited.  


“Combatting Anti-API Hate: From Past to Present”
Kent Lee, Executive Director of Pacific Arts Movement and Co-Chair of the San Diego Asian Pacific Islander Coalition
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PST

Kent Lee is the Executive Director of Pacific Arts Movement (Pac Arts), one of the largest media arts organizations in North America focusing on Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander cinema and is best known for presenting the annual San Diego Asian Film Festival.  With over 14 years of non-profit experience, Kent also volunteers in various non-profit organizations and community groups for his neighborhood, alma mater and other causes. These include: the San Diego API Coalition (Co-Chair), UCSD API Alumni Council (Incoming Chair), Asian Business Association of San Diego (Treasurer), Alpha Phi Omega (Treasurer, National Board Member), UC San Diego's Chancellor's Community Advisory Board, International Deaf Education Advocacy & Leadership, and the Mira Mesa Community Planning Group. Kent has been recognized for his leadership and service in the community with UC San Diego’s 40 Under 40 Alumni Award as well as SD Metro’s 40 Under 40 Award. Kent is a proud alumnus of the University of California, San Diego, where he received degrees in Economics and General Biology. Kent and his wife Phuong have called Mira Mesa home for nearly fifteen years, where they currently reside with their two young children. 

Loretta J. Ross, PhD 
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PST

Loretta J. Ross is an Associate Professor at Smith College in Northampton, MA in the Program for the Study of Women and Gender. She teaches courses on white supremacy, human rights, and calling in the calling out culture. She has taught at Hampshire College and Arizona State University. She is a graduate of Agnes Scott College and holds an honorary Doctorate of Civil Law degree awarded in 2003 from Arcadia University and a second honorary doctorate degree awarded from Smith College in 2013. She also has credits towards a Ph.D. in Women’s Studies from Emory University. She serves as a consultant for Smith College, collecting oral histories of feminists of color for the Sophia Smith Collection, which also contains her personal archives. Loretta’s activism began when she was tear-gassed at a demonstration as a first-year student at Howard University in 1970. As a teenager, she was involved in anti-apartheid and anti-gentrification activism in Washington, DC as a founding member of the DC Study Group. As part of a 50-year history in social justice activism until her retirement from community organizing in 2012, she was the National Coordinator of the SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective from 2005-2012 and co-created the theory of Reproductive Justice in 1994.

Loretta was National Co-Director of April 25, 2004, March for Women’s Lives in Washington D.C., the largest protest march in U.S. history at that time with 1.15 million participants. She founded the National Center for Human Rights Education (NCHRE) in Atlanta, Georgia from 1996-2004.  She launched the Women of Color Program for the National Organization for Women (NOW) in the 1980s and was the national program director of the National Black Women’s Health Project. Loretta was one of the first African American women to direct a rape crisis center in the 1970s, launching her career by pioneering work on violence against women, as the third Executive Director of the D.C. Rape Crisis Center. She is a member of the Women's Media Center's Progressive Women's Voices. Watch Makers: Women Who Make America video.Loretta has co-written three books on reproductive justice: Undivided Rights: Women of Color Organize for Reproductive Justice in 2004; Reproductive Justice: An Introduction in March 2017; and Radical Reproductive Justice: Foundations, Theory, Practice, Critique in October 2017. Her newest book, Calling In the Calling Out Culture is forthcoming later in 2021. Loretta is a rape survivor, forced to raise a child born of incest, and also a survivor of sterilization abuse at age 23. She is a model of how to survive and thrive despite the traumas that disproportionately affect low-income women of color.