WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION~ (8:30 am – 8:40 am)
Nadine Barrett, Ph.D. and Don Taylor, Ph.D., Duke University

KEYNOTE SESSION~ (8:40 am – 9:35 am)

  • Julius Wilder, M.D., Ph.D., Duke University
    “What we know and don’t know about the unequal health effects of COVID-19”
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  • Jay Pearson, Ph.D., Duke University
    “Making plain the underlying causes of COVID-19”
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  • Vashti Johnson, RN, Duke University
    “One person’s story of the first 6 months of COVID-19: provider, patient, parent, citizen”

SESSION 1~ (9:40 am – 10:25 am)
How can building trust in community relationships reduce the impact of
COVID-19 misinformation?
Chair: Brian Southwell, Ph.D., Duke University


  • Lynwood Best, Community Engagement Manager, City of Durham
  • Kendra Johnson, Executive Director, EqualityNC
  • Fan Li, Ph.D., Duke University
  • Pilar Rocha-Goldberg, President and CEO, El Centro Hispano
  • Constance Stancil, Director of Neighborhood Improvement Services, City of Durham
  • Nia Wilson, Executive Director, SpiritHouse
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SESSION 2~ (10:30 am – 12:00 pm)
Intersectional look at mistrust and misinformation through the lens of Transgender and Non-binary, Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC).
Co-Chairs: Dane Whicker, Ph.D. and Holly Lewis, M.D., Ph.D., Duke University


  • Sam Aldave, Duke University
  • Candis Cox, Board of Directors, EqualityNC, Gender and Sexuality educator, lecturer, and advocate for the LGBTQ community
  • Vanity Reid Deterville, Program Director for the Gender Resources, Advocacy, and Support Program (GRASP) at the LGBTQ Center of Durham, Transformative Teaching Collective Facilitator, Director of Diversity, Charleston Pride Festival
  • Rebby Kern, Director of Education Policy, EqualityNC
  • Roxana Picazo, LBGTQ Specialist – Transgender Group Coordinator, El Centro Hispano

CLOSING COMMENTS~ (12:05 pm – 12:20 pm)
Rosa Gonzalez-Guarda, Ph.D., Duke University