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On Tuesday, June 21, 2022 the webinar, “Roe v. Wade - Health, Inequality, and Democracy,” tackled the implications of reversing Roe v. Wade. Panelists addressed individual and population health, health equity, legal precedent, and norms of democracy. This webinar was co-sponsored by several collaborating Cornell entities, including the Center for Health Equity (CCHEq), Jeb E. Brooks School of Public Policy, College of Veterinary Medicine Department of Public and Ecosystem Health, and Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies.

Expert panelists Khiara M. Bridges (University of California Berkeley School of Law), Tiffany L. Green (University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health), Elizabeth J. King (University of Michigan School of Public Health) and Rebecca J. Kreitzer (University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Public Policy) shared their perspectives on how even more restricted access to essential reproductive health services will have a disproportionate, negative impact on people of color and other marginalized groups, increasing the racial and geographic stratification of health, legal, economic, political and other systems. They discussed a global trend to ensure broader access to reproductive services for women, and how reversing Roe will threaten democracy and other individual rights generally considered protected.

Approximately 150 attendees from over 40 different national and international organizations participated. The event was organized by Department of Public & Ecosystem Health Assistant Professor Charley Willison, PhD, CCHEq Co-Director and Brooks Associate Dean for Public Engagement Jamila Michener, PhD, Einaudi Center Director Rachel Riedl, PhD, and Brooks Associate Dean of Research Kelly Musick, PhD.

PI/Director Dr. Susana Morales with Research Scholar in Health Equity Scholar

Dr. Minerva Romero Arenas and SPARC keynote speaker Dr. Jose E. Cavazos. 

The Diversity Center of Excellence (DCOE) celebrated recognitions and continued hosting programs in June.  

On June 13, the DCOE and Department of Medicine hosted the annual Intern Welcome and Celebration at the Harkness Courtyard. The outgoing co-chairs of the Minority Housestaff Committee announced their new, name Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Housestaff Committee, and welcomed incoming residents and celebrated members that completed their training.  

The DCOE and partners hosted another successful annual Tri-Institutional Diversity Retreat, “Moving Forward and Moving up: Eyes on the Prize” on June 25. This was an in-person event featuring a networking/career fair, a keynote speaker, and poster presentations. DCOE/HRSA funded projects by Dr. Peggy Leung (General Internal Medicine), Dr. Nima Ghalehsari on behalf of PI Dr. Jorge Monge (Hematology & Medical Oncology), and Dr. and Dr. Minerva Romero-Arenas (Surgery) participated in the speed research presentations. This event was co-sponsored with the Department of Medicine, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, The Rockefeller University, and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Office of Health Equity.  

We will continue to host programs in the summer. If you would like to share your medical journey with pre-medical students, or are new to the college and want to be informed of fall programs for faculty and trainees, email

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Friday, July 8, 2022 | 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM



"From criminal justice to Human Justice"


The talk will explore what it took and will continue to take to shift the paradigm and practice of public safety from criminal justice to Human Justice.

What is Human Justice, exactly?

Human Justice = Human Rights + Human Development

Human Rights are all the things that people need for healthy and thriving lives. Human Rights include safe and clean housing, equitable access to land and resources, pro-human health-care, truthful education, and more.

Human Development is the ability of people to create the social and cultural conditions to flourish free from oppression and to create a world where Human Rights are woven into the fabric of society.


Kyung-Ji Kate Rhee, Co-Executive Director, oversees the policy, training, and sustainability agenda at CNHJH.

Kyung-Ji is nationally recognized for her expertise in campaign strategy development, youth justice advocacy and dynamic training design for system and community stakeholders on culture change, racial disparity and leadership growth. She serves on the Advisory Board of the Community Justice Network for Youth (CJNY), a project of the W. Haywood Burns Institute, and the Steering Committee of the New York City Task Force on Racial Disparity in the Juvenile Justice System. She has been featured in a range of publications, including Utne Reader (Top 30 Visionaries under 30), Village Voice, The Source (Top 10 Artists, Albums, & Political Players of the Year), The KoreAm Magazine, Gotham Gazette, New York Sun and Brooklyn Free Press, among others. She received her BA from the University of Chicago where she worked with Michelle Obama and Pamela Bozeman to launch a public service community summer internship program for University of Chicago students.

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