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Center Co-hosts Speaker on Taking Action on Racism and Human Rights

November 13, 2020

On Friday, November 13, the Center for Hunger-Free Communities along with students in Dornsife School of Public Health's Health, Management and Policy department hosted a seminar titled “Taking Action on Racism and Human Rights” with speaker Gay McDougall, JD, LLM. McDougall is distinguished scholar-in-residence at the Leiter Center for International Law and Justice at Fordham Law School.

In the program, presented as part of a class on health and human rights taught by Center Director Mariana Chilton (HMP 802), McDougall described her work to engage the international community and United Nations to address systemic racism and police brutality in the US. She worked with the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Michael Brown, and Philando Castile along with human rights groups to call for a special United Nations session on the situation in US and reignite the calls for reparations and systemic change.

McDougall is a recipient of the prestigious MacArthur “Genius” Award and has spent her career working on issues of race, gender, and economic justice in the global context. She also served as a member of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of racial Discrimination.

View the full recording of the presentation online (Password: @GayMcDougallDiscussion1)