This 1- credit course, offered through the Global Studies Center and co-sponsored by the Department of Africana Studies, offers an opportunity for students to learn about the compounding effects of multiple forms of inequality or disadvantage and how they impact COVID-19 exposure, cases, and deaths. The obstacles that inequalities create may not be easily discernible or understood by looking at or thinking about racism, health and now the impact of COVID-19, among African Americans, in a conventional way. You cannot change outcomes without understanding the causes or how they come about. The pandemic has exposed systemic racial inequalities in the U.S. health delivery system. Why are African Americans and other people of color being hit hard by COVID-19? In this class, we will read pertinent literature and discuss racial issues including what it means to be a person of color in the U.S. during a pandemic. We will focus on pre-existing conditions, essential workers, structural inequities, and how social determinants of health are influenced by implicit bias and racial discrimination. Please view the syllabus for further details.
*This is a Pass/Fail class. To pass this course, students are expected to complete all assignments and attend all sessions.*