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Notable Alumni Series: Pandemics and Social Change: COVID-19 and Racism in Historical Context featuring Dr. Mojgan Sami ’91, PhD

Date: 5:00pm PST November 9

  • Dr. Mojgan Sami ’91
    Kimberli Ransom Photography

This is the third in our series featuring notable alumni. Keep an eye on our virtual events webpage for details on future presentations. 

Dr. Mojgan Sami ’91 hypothesizes that Covid-19 and Black Lives Matter uprisings feel “unprecedented” because we are unaccustomed to analyzing health science through historic and social justice frames. However, a critical reflection of disease throughout history reveals that pandemics are often tied to dramatic social change. Pandemics do not cause injustice and inequity, instead they exacerbate and lay bare the deficiencies in the structures of society that prevent peace, justice, health and equity. Pandemics also provide us with an opportunity to collectively reimagine a new world.

Pandemics and Social Change: COVID-19 and Racism in Historical Context featuring Dr. Mojgan Sami ’91, PhD

Monday, November 9
5 p.m., PST

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About the speaker:
Dr. Mojgan Sami graduated from Lewis & Clark in 1991 with a degree in International Affairs. She is an Assistant Professor in the College of Health & Human Development at California State University Fullerton, where she teaches courses on global health and cultural competence. She’s an interdisciplinary scholar currently focusing on health equity as an outcome of the ways we design and build our infrastructure. Prior to her academic career, Dr. Sami worked at the World Bank and the World Health Organization. After leaving WHO, she was appointed as an advisory member to their Health and Environment Committee in the Special Program for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR); and currently serves as the only American appointed to a global working group for Planetary Health with the International Union for Health Promotion and Education.