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COVID-19's Impact on Vulnerable Populations
Professors Beth Kiester and Kate Lehman will present research and lead a discussion on the pandemic's disproportionate impact on diverse groups including immigrants, communities of color, and women of all backgrounds. The global pandemic brought about by COVID-19 has disrupted the lives of people around the world. It has exposed the inequality already facing vulnerable populations: those living in economically precarious situations and lacking adequate healthcare. We also know that frontline workers have faced enormous personal risk to keep their jobs and the economy running. Immigrant communities face an intersection of all three contexts, making them one of the most vulnerable populations right now. Dr. Kiester will be discussing early findings from her ACRE and sabbatical research in which she conducted interviews via Zoom with immigrant service providers in Pennsylvania, New York, and Texas including lawyers, case workers, religious leaders, advocates, doctors, educators, and politicians to better understand the impact that COVID-19 is having on immigrant communities. Dr. Lehman's presentation will analyze emerging research studies and news reports that document COVID-19's disproportionate effect on women, particularly working mothers who have assumed greater caregiving and virtual schooling responsibilities. The pandemic has stalled women's career advancement, reinforced gendered double standards, and revealed the lack of societal support for families in the United States. Dr. Lehman's presentation will draw from ongoing research into media portrayals of motherhood, as she'll examine mainstream media depictions of working parents and the ways women have used social media to advocate for others facing similar social and economic pressures.

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Apr 12, 2021 04:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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