The "Great Equalizer"? Interrogating COVID-19's Racial Filter
The rapid and expansive spread of COVID-19 throughout the United States led many prominent observers to dub the virus "the great equalizer." But these pronouncements were quickly called into question with the emergence of data on the race and ethnicity of victims, which laid bare the disproportionate impact of the pandemic's devastation on Black Americans. This panel features early research findings from UChicago scholars exploring these racial disparities and their roots in entrenched structural racism.
Cathy Cohen, (David and Mary Winton Green Distinguished Service Professor)
"Radical Possibilities Out of Crisis: Race, Young Adults and COVID-19"
Yanilda González, (Assistant Professor, School of Social Service Administration)
"COVID-19 and Communities of Color: Continuities and Transformations in Everyday Life"
Robert Vargas, (Neubauer Family Assistant Professor of Sociology)
"The Racial Geography of COVID-19 Testing Sites in Chicago, Milwaukee, and St. Louis"
Peter Bendix, (Assistant Professor of Surgery, Trauma & Emergency Services)
"Chicago's Geography of COVID-19 and Interpersonal Violence"
Aresha Martínez-Cardoso, (Assistant Professor, Public Health Sciences)
Co-presented with the Center for Identity + Inclusion (CI+I), Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture (CSRPC), the Office of Vice Provost Melissa Gilliam, the Office of Diversity & Inclusion in the Biological Sciences Division, and the University Community Service Center (UCSC).