National Health Equity Research Webcast

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On June 3, 2014 from 1:30-4:30, the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will host the 20th National Health Equity Research Webcast. This full audience webcast, hosted on UNC’s campus, is an annual interactive, live-streamed symposium that explores the intersection of health, policy, and diversity through expert panel discussions with a question-and-answer segment. This webcast is an interdisciplinary and community effort with representatives from the UNC School of Social Work, Gillings School of Global Public Health, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, UNC Student Wellness, UNC American Indian Center, and the UNC School of Education.

The topic for this year is the School to Prison Pipeline and will feature three twenty minute presentations by nationally renowned speakers: Anthony A. Peguero, assistant professor of Sociology  and research affiliate of the Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention at Virginia Tech; Thalia González, assistant professor of Politics at Occidental College; Gary Flowers, CEO of Gary Flowers and Associates; and moderated by Christopher Hill, director of the Education and Law Project at the North Carolina Justice Center. The presentations will be followed by an hour and a half question-and-answer session with the studio and remote audiences.

As a preliminary event, the UNC School of Education will host a screening of the short documentary NC School to Prison Pipeline on June 2, 2014 from 3:00-5:00. The documentary addresses the impact of stringent suspensions and incarceration on the youth of North Carolina and town hall meeting. The School of Education’s Dean Bill McDiarmid will make opening remarks. After the screening, a town hall meeting moderated by Shamika Rhinehart will allow the audience to discuss the School to Prison Pipeline within North Carolina.

Both events are free, but registration is required. The webcast will be archived through the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs website for those unable to attend or stream the event live.