Montclair State University College of Education and Human Services
Featured Speaker Ijeoma Oluo
So You Want to Talk About Race ... and Health?
Thursday, April 4, 2019
Montclair State University Conference Center University Hall, 7th Floor
FREE and Open to the Public
Racial categories are socially constructed. There is no true scientific or biological basis for “race”. Nevertheless, science shows us that racial disparities in health are real. For example, compared to other racial groups in the U.S., African-Americans fare worse on most measures of health status with higher rates of obesity, diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, asthma, cancer, HIV, infant mortality, preterm birth, and maternal mortality. Why? And what can we do about it? Don’t miss this opportunity to hear Ijeoma Oluo speak about the issue of race in America and how it impacts health. Ms. Oluo will challenge you to bridge the racial divide in order to change the structures that support racial health disparities.
The Department of Public Health at Montclair State University offers a Master of Public Health (MPH) with concentration in Community Health Education or Health Systems Administration and Policy. With a strong focus on social justice and the elimination of health disparities, the MPH program prepares public health practitioners to enhance population health through the design, implementation and evaluation of community health education programs or the organization, administration, and evaluation of hospitals and health systems. The MPH program accepts students with a variety of undergraduate degrees and professional backgrounds; there are no specific prerequisites. The department also offers a B.S. in Public Health
“Ijeoma Oluo is armed with words. Her words are daggers that pierce through injustice, while also disarming you with humor and love.”
--Hari Kondabolu, Co-Host, Politically Re-Active
Montclair State University College of Education and Human Services Featured Speaker Ijeoma Oluo is the author of the bestselling book So You Want to Talk About Race. A writer and speaker whose work on race has been featured in The Guardian, The Washington Post, New York magazine, The Stranger, and more, she is also an editor-at-large at The Establishment. She was named one of The Root’s 100 most influential African-Americans in 2017, honored with the 2017 Humanist Feminist Award by the American Humanist Association, and named one of the most influential people in Seattle by Seattle magazine.
A National Public Health Week Event
Sponsored by: The Department of Public Health
The College of Education and Human Services
Co-sponsored by: The Center of Pedagogy
The Department of Counseling and Educational Leadership
The Department of Medical Humanities
The Department of Nutrition and Food Studies
The Department of Secondary and Special Education
National Public Health Week is sponsored each year by the American Public Health Association and is intended to serve as a rallying cry to strive to create the healthiest nation in one generation by 2030. Call 973-655-4154 for more information.