2021 Series


Sizzling Summer Series 2021 - Becoming an Anti-Racist Public Health System 

Session 1 - The Role of Identity in Health Outcomes

This session explores concepts related to identity and the role it plays in population health. The presenter discusses how identities are formed, the social and cultural constructs of identity, social identity theory, and how one’s identity can impact health outcomes.

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Presenter: Derrick K. Willis, MPA

Derek K. Willis, MPA, is the Director of Iowa’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCED), Center for Disabilities and Development (CDD), at the University of Iowa. Prior to joining CDD, Derrick served as Director of Urban Mission at the Institute for Human Development, Missouri’s UCED, at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He has more than 35 years of experience working at local not-for-profits, state government, and higher education. His career has centered on at-risk youth and families from diverse backgrounds living in urban communities. Derrick has built a body of work focusing on mental health, substance and alcohol abuse and violence prevention, education, employment, and cultural competency.

Session 2 - Micro/Macro-aggresions and Implicit Bias

Implicit bias plays a significant role in the plethora of health and health care inequities in the United States, and as such, our attention is needed. From this session, you will gain new recognition and understanding of implicit bias, as well as microaggressions in the workplace and in the public health services we provide. Linkages between implicit bias, micro/macro-aggressions, structural oppression, and health outcomes are made.

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Presenter: Alicia Sanchez, MBA

Alicia Sanchez is a passionate advocate and social entrepreneur committed to guiding leaders and organizations to foster a culture of inclusion. Alicia serves at the Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Wichita State University (WSU) and is the principal consultant for Affinity Connections, a diversity, equity, inclusion consulting company.  Her on-campus service commitments include, serving on the President’s Diversity Council, First-Generation Coordinating Council, various scholarship selection committees, on-campus advisor for Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, Incorporated, the Hispanic American Leadership Organization, and is a 2014-2015 WSU Leadership Academy Fellow.

Session 3 - Structural Vs. Individual Inequalities

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Presenter: Julie Reid, PhD

Dr. Julie Reid is from the University of Southern Mississippi, where she is Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education in the College of Arts and Sciences, Associate Professor of Sociology in the School of Social Science and Global Studies, and Affiliate Faculty in the Women’s and Gender Studies program and in the Center for Black Studies. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin, and her teaching and research interests focus on social inequities and the intersections of race, gender, social class, and nation, particularly in educational contexts. Her previous research has explored how teachers in Latin America engaged with national educational reform policies that mandated cultural and gender equity. She has also done research in the U.S. to examine college students’ perceptions of hookups, dates, and behavioral expectations related to gender and environmental settings. Prior to entering academia, her work experience included jobs with the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Peace Corps in Malawi.

Session 4 - Empathy, Privilege, and Cultural Humility

July 29, 2021 @ 1:00 pm (CDT)
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Session 5 - Approaching Practice with an Anti-Racist Lens

August 12, 2021 @ 10:00 am (CDT)
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