Category: Featured Scholar

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Kimani Paul-Emile, JD, PhD

"I wanted to do social justice work and was awed by what could be accomplished through the law.”

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Kelsie Okamura, PhD

“I noticed early on in my childhood that there was a disparity between some of the kids I grew up with because of the supports that were afforded to me versus some of the other families that were struggling.”

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Kevin Ahmaad Jenkins, PhD

"I am a survivor of violence and sexual assault, so that deeply motivates me to continue my work."

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Bethany M. (bee) Coston, PhD

"I am a survivor of violence and sexual assault, so that deeply motivates me to continue my work."

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Daheia Barr-Anderson, PhD

I want to better understand the factors that influence obesity in the African-American community. I don’t want to just have the conversation; I want to create action in these communities.

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Michelle Rogers, PhD

The same questions we had in the late ’90s and early 2000s about health data are being brought up again, but in a different way.

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Daphne C. Hernandez, PhD, MSEd

To me, research is like putting together a puzzle. Just when you think you have solved it, there is that one piece that just does not fit. You rework the puzzle and learn through the process.

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Erualdo González, PhD

With any urban planning project, I’m always asking questions like ‘What does equity in planning look like here? Who are city developers and city officials catering to, and why?

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Jennifer Kue, PhD

These are some of the most common explanations Jennifer Kue hears from Southeast Asian American women about why they do not seek breast and cervical cancer screenings. A former refugee from Laos, Jennifer has translated information for family members ever since she learned to speak, read, and write in English.

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Sherrie Flynt Wallington

Growing up in rural Stokesdale, North Carolina, on a farm, Sherrie Flynt Wallington felt like a lot was out of her reach. The nearest hospital was three hours away. Higher education seemed even harder to grasp. Teachers told her “a girl from a tobacco farm has no chance of getting into college.” But Sherrie defied the odds, eventually studying at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Howard University, and then Harvard, and today is committed to paying it forward by supporting other junior scholars, particularly those tackling health disparities.

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