Public Health Students Host 6th Annual Social Justice Symposium

Friday, March 23, 2012 - 8:30am to 1:30pm
The 2012 Social Justice Symposium is a day-long event to engage students, faculty, health professionals, and the Tucson community in dialogue to cultivate awareness and foster social change. The symposium is run entirely by students at the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. The theme of this year’s symposium is Mind the Gap: healthcare Disparities Across the Globe.
 
The keynote speaker is Preston Reynolds, M.D., Ph.D., a Professor in the Department of General Medicine, Geriatrics and Palliative Care at the University of Virginia College of Medicine. She has held numerous national leadership positions including serving for 15 years as a member of the board of directors of Physicians for Human Rights. While serving as a board member, the organization was awarded the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize for its role in the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. Dr. Reynolds’ area of research has focused on the history of race discrimination in healthcare and medical education.
 
The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required. Lunch is included.
 
Where:
Keynote Speaker: 9-10 a.m. in DuVal Auditorium, University of Arizona Medical Center, 1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson, AZ 85724
Symposium: Drachman Hall, UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, 1295 N. Martin Ave., Tucson, AZ 85724
 
The Closing Speaker is Kathe Padilla, a local Tucson activist for over 60 years whose work includes assisting people from South America find safe refuge in the United States and Canada.
 
Parking is available in the UA Medical Center parking garage (1501 N. Campbell Ave.) or the Highland Avenue Parking Garage (on East Helen St. between Highland Ave. and Vine Ave.). Metered parking is available in the lot to the East of Drachman Hall. The rate is .25 cents per 10 minutes.
 
About the Social Justice Symposium
The mission of the Social Justice Symposium is to cultivate awareness and encourage action in the pursuit of equal justice for all people in every aspect of our society. Public health is particularly concerned with social justice because the relative (in) equality of all members of a particular society greatly determines the overall health of that society. In highly unequal societies, certain populations bear a disproportionate burden of disease. The Social Justice Symposium aims to challenge the status quo and inspire action within our communities, both locally and globally, around these inequalities.