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Claudia Rankine, New York Times best-selling author of "Citizen: An American Lyric" served as both part of the President's Lecture Series and as the launch to the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) Big Read Hampton Roads Thursday night in the Big Blue Room at the Ted Constant Center. Photo Chuck Thomas/ODU

CommUNITY Conversations

Let your voice be heard! Community Conversations is a signature event organized by the Office of Institutional Equity & Diversity. These proactive conversations are the place for your voice to be heard! We are building an inclusive community, one conversation at a time.


Making Equity Visible in Healthcare of African Americans

On February 23, 2022 a virtual CommUNITY Conversation was held that focused on Making Equity Visible in Healthcare of African Americans. This conversation was co-sponsored by the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity, the President's Task Force for Inclusive Excellence, Eastern Virginia Medical School and the American Red Cross.

Panelist for this conversation included:

  • Dr. LaConda Fanning, Director| Graduate Medical Education| EVMS
  • Dr. Janice Hawkins, Clinical Associate Professor| ODU School of Nursing
  • Rev. H. Patrick Cason, Senior Pastor, Bethany Baptist Church (Chesapeake, Virginia)
  • Iris Lundy, Director, Senior Director of Health Equity |Sentara| ODU Alumni
  • Katie Niehoff, Executive Director| American Red Cross

CommUNITY Conversations 2.0

Welcome to CommUNITY Conversations 2.0! This podcast series was created to continue conversations beyond the month of recognition and/or observance.

Episode 2

An Intergenerational Conversation on Violence Against Asian Americans
This episode features Virginia's Poet Laureate Emeritus and ODU Professor of Creative Writing Dr. Luisa Igloria and her daughter Gabriela Igloria, a senior and President of the Filipino American Student Association (FASA). They spoke with us about the long history and continued pattern of racism and violence against Asian Americans across the country, the intersectionality of social justice, and the ways stereotypes mistakenly inform identity.

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Episode 1

"Fifth Sun"
Our first episode features the work of American historian Dr. Camilla Townsend who serves as the Distinguished Professor of History at Rutgers University. She has written Fifth Sun: A New History of the Aztecs, in which she explores the complexity of the history of the Aztecs based solely on the texts written by the indigenous people themselves and through the lens of Aztec women. Dr. Townsend was intervied by our very own Drs. Angelica Huizar and Veleka Gatling.

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Past CommUNITY Conversations

Notes Archive

October 2020 Summary
January 2019 Summary
September 2017 Summary



Ready to Attend?

Events are held bi-annually and/or as needed.

Pay attention to University Announcements for the date of the next upcoming Community Conversation.

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