Pandemics Clarify: Another World is Possible, Another World is Necessary

Friday, August 7 from 3:30pm–5:00pm (EDT) 

Organizer and Presider:
Dr. Heather M. Dalmage, Roosevelt University


Covid-19 & Trump Administration: Surviving as Immigrant Workers and Families
Dr. Mary Romero, Arizona State University

Mary Romero is Professor of Justice and Social Inquiry in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University. She is the 2017 recipient of the Cox-Johnson-Frazier Award, 2015 Latina/o Sociology Section Founders Award, 2012 Julian Samora Distinguished Career Award, the Section on Race and Ethnic Minorities 2009 Founder’s Award, and the 2004 Study of Social Problems Lee Founders Award. She is the author of Introducing Intersectionality (Polity Press, 2018), the Maid’s Daughter: Inside and Outside the American Dream (NYU, 2011), Maid in the U.S.A. (NYU, 1992), co-editor of eight books, and numerous social science journals and law review articles.

Black in COVID: Advancing the Demands of Black Informal Workers during the Global Pandemic COVID-19 and the Rise of White Nationalism & Police Terror in Black Communities
Richard Wallace, Founder, Equity and Transformation (EAT) and Soros Justice Fellow

Richard Wallace is an artist, organizer and the founder of Equity and Transformation (EAT). His work focuses on organizing black informal workers to confront anti-black racism in the US and abroad. As a formerly incarcerated Chicago native, Wallace returned to his community to empower marginalized workers. Wallace is a nationally recognized Artist who goes by the name of Epic of Chicago’s rap trio BBU. He is also the founder of the Roosevelt University student chapter of the Stop Mass Incarceration Network, the Founder of The Future of Benin Program in west Africa, one of the inaugural AFRE Fellows, a Voqal alum and was recently selected as Soros Justice Fellow.

Race and Birth: Injustices amid Covid-19
Dr. Bhoomi K. Thakore and Dr. Shannon K. Carter, University of Central Florida

Bhoomi K. Thakore is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Central Florida. Her areas of expertise include racial inequality, media studies, and diversity in STEM. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for SSSP.

Shannon K. Carter is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Central Florida. Her research focuses on social inequalities and reproductive health. She is author of Sharing Milk: Intimacy, Materiality, and Bio-Communities of Practice.