What is health justice? The University of Nevada, Reno’s Department of Gender, Race and Identity intends to address this question with an upcoming panel from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16 at the University’s Wells Fargo Auditorium.
“Our panel brings together community and campus speakers to discuss health justice through the lens of incarceration, houselessness, reproductive freedom, harm reduction and opioid overuse,” Escenthio Marigny Jr., coordinator of public humanities within Gender, Race and Identity, said.
The panel will feature Monica DuPea of the Nevada Youth Empowered Project, Jakki Durón of Wild West Access Fund, Jodi Hocking of Return Strong NV, and Karla Wagner of the University’s School of Public Health.
“Since 1948, the World Health Organization has defined health as rooted in social justice,” Lydia Huerta, associate professor of Gender, Race and Identity, said. “Indigenous, Black, Latinx, feminist, LGBTQIA+ and other activists have expanded on this vision with community knowledge and expertise.”
In addition to the panel, GRI will be hosting a workshop on housing as health justice with members of the Washoe Housing Justice Union from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19 in the University’s Alan Bible Conference Room 402 of the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center.
GRI will be hosting numerous events throughout the year. Each month will focus on a specific topic:
- November 2022: What is Health Justice?
- February 2023: The Pandemic – Where Are We Now?
- March 2023: Decolonizing the Outdoors
- April 2023: Visions of Change
The events are part of a yearlong series funded by the American Council of Learned Societies and organized by GRI that address the broad theme of “Community-Based Knowledges and Visions for Racial, Health and Climate Justice.”