The Academic Minute for 2020.08.31-2020.09.04


The Academic Minute from 08.31 – 09.04

Monday, August 31st
William Lopez University of Michigan
COVID-19 in Prisons and Meat-Packing Plants
William D. Lopez is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and Faculty Director of Public Scholarship at the National Center for Institutional Diversity. He is the author of the book, Separated: Family and Community in the Aftermath of an Immigration Raid, published by Johns Hopkins University Press.

Tuesday, September 1st
Melissa Borja – University of Michigan
Anti-Asian Hate Incidents and COVID-19
Melissa Borja is currently an assistant professor in the Department of American Culture at the University of Michigan, where she is a core faculty member in the Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies Program. She earned a PhD and MPhil in history from Columbia University, in addition to an MA in history from the University of Chicago and an AB in history from Harvard University. Before teaching at the University of Michigan, Dr. Borja was a faculty member in the Department of History at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York.

Wednesday, September 2nd
Alford Young, Jr. – University of Michigan
Isolation Protocols and Low-Income African-American Workers
Alford A. Young, Jr. is Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Sociology, Afroamerican and African Studies, with a courtesy appointment at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. He also serves as faculty director of scholar engagement and leadership at the U-M’s National Center for Institutional Diversity and associate director at U-M’s Center for Social Solutions.  His primary area of research focuses on low-income African American men, particularly how they construct understandings of various aspects of social reality.

Thursday, September 3rd
Riana Anderson – University of Michigan
Stressors and the Black Community
Riana Elyse Anderson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health. She earned her PhD in Clinical and Community Psychology at the University of Virginia and completed a Clinical and Community Psychology Doctoral Internship at Yale University’s School of Medicine. She also completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Applied Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania supported by the Ford and Robert Wood Johnson Foundations.

Friday, September 4th
Tabbeye Chavous – University of Michigan
Higher Education Responses to COVID-19, Black Students and Campus Racial Climates
Tabbye Chavous is the director of the National Center for Institutional Diversity (NCID), associate vice president for research, and professor of education and psychology at the University of Michigan. She is also a co-founder, co-director, and principal investigator in U-M’s Center for the Study of Black Youth in Context (CSBYC).