Policy Pub: The COVID-19 Effect: Tackling Racial, Economic, and Gender Inequity

This post is based on a webinar sponsored by Florida State University’s College of Social Sciences and Public Policy.

Crises have a way of shining a light on issues that tend to get ignored when things are going well. Crises also create oppertunity to reflect, to adapt, to push for more substantive, transformative change. The Covid-19 pandemic is no different: it puts into stark relief inequalities within our system that are laid bare before us. In this webinar, scholars from the FSU College of Social Sciences and Public Policy share their latest research on how COVID-19 has exposed existing inequities in society and discuss ideas with participants about how we can address these disparities through planning and policy responses. Florida State University’s College of Social Sciences and Public Policy is currently at the forefront of COVID-19 research.

Scholars from the FSU College of Social Sciences and Public Policy share their latest research on how COVID-19 has exposed existing inequities in society.

Dr. Wright is an Assistant Professor in the Askew School of Public Administration and Public Policy at Florida State University where his research specializes in policing, law enforcement agency management, and race. Dr. Wright’s portion of the panel explores the impact of COVID-19 on Black populations. You can learn more about Dr. Wright’s research here. You can watch Dr. Wright’s portion of the COVID-19 panel here, starting at 4:11.

Dr. Homan is an Assistant Professor of sociology at Florida State University. Her research explores how gender, socioeconomic, and racial inequalities in American society shape the health and well-being of the population and of individuals as they age. Dr. Homan’s portion of the panel explores structural racism as a fundamental cause of racial/ethnic inequalities in COVID-19. You can learn more about Dr. Homan here. You can watch Dr. Homan’s portion of the COVID-19 panel here, starting at 12:05.

​Dr. Fang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at Florida State University. Her research specialties are economic development, land use and urban data science. Dr. Fang’s portion of the panel looks at retail stores amid COVID-19. You can learn more about Dr. Fang here. You can watch Dr. Fang’s portion of the COVID-19 panel here, starting at around 21:31.

Dr. Fay is an Associate Professor in the Askew School of Public Administration and Policy at Florida State University. His research interests include diversity issues in public management, veterans’ policy, policy diffusion, and higher education policy and management. Dr. Fay’s portion of the panel explores the implications for gender-based violence and labor. You can learn more about Dr. Fay’s research here. You can watch Dr. Fay’s portion of the COVID-19 panel here, starting around 29:43.

This post is based on a webinar sponsored by Florida State University’s College of Social Sciences and Public Policy. You can watch the full webinar here.

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