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Communities of Color and COVID-19

Communities of Color and COVID-19

May 04, 2020

Communities of Color and COVID-19

Thursday, May 7
6 p.m.

To attend this online panel discussion, email Jennifer.Stokes@unco.edu to receive the Zoom link and password.


  • Travis Boyce, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Africana Studies
  • Rudy Vargas, MPH Candidate,  Coordinator of DREAMer Engagement Program and Undocumented Student Service
  • Yvette Lucero-Nguyen, MPH, Director of the Center for Women’s and Gender Equity and the Stryker Institute for Leadership Development
  • Danya Carroll, MPH, member of the Navajo and Apache Tribes and an UNC Alum
  • Moderator: Tobias Guzmán, Ed.D., Chief Diversity Officer and AVP of Student Affairs

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As the nation strives to realize and understand the impacts of COVID-19, it is essential to recognize that our communities of color have been the most impacted by this virus. An important aspect that as been illuminated during this trying time is the fact that vulnerable communities continue to become more vulnerable. We have communities that have no access to internet to continue their education, no access to clean running water, and the lack of income to provide a safe place to live and food to eat for their families.

We invite you to join this opportunity to have a conversation with our professionals to understand the historical context that has led to the extreme impact these communities are experiencing.

In addition to the panelists above, we will have additional professionals available to discuss the impacts on the communities with whom they work. Araceli Calderón de Weis, Project Manager with Centennial BOCES; Collin Cannon, Director of Advocacy with the Immigrant and Refugee Center of Northern Colorado; Alfred Johnson, Jr., UNC Graduate, BSN; and Jessica Pimentel, UNC Graduate Student, will be contributing and available for questions.

We want to create a connection and understanding of how our folks of color are impacted on our campus and start to guide our intentionality in our planning for coming back to campus in the Fall. As we begin planning for the future, it’s essential that we have an understanding of the intersections of this pandemic and our communities of color. We hope you leave this conversation with tools to help you have discussions with your children, families, and colleagues. We look forward to beginning this conversation with you with the understanding that this is just the beginning. This is a conversation that will continue as we work together to systematically implement the changes we need and want to see in the future.