LSU Manship School to Host Conversation on Racial Inequity and COVID-19 as Part of Virtual Event Series

May 1, 2020 

Communications and COVID-19: A Virtual Event Series

BATON ROUGE – To address the disproportionate COVID-19 infection, hospitalization and death rates of African Americans, the Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs at LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication has partnered with the Louisiana Budget Project to host a discussion with public policy experts and advocates on the centrality of structural racism resulting in this alarming reality. The event will take place Wednesday, May 13, 2020, at 3:30 p.m. CST.

The third installment of the Reilly Center’s Communications & COVID-19 virtual event series, An Unequal Relationship: Race and COVID-19, will investigate the racial disparities accompanying the COVID-19 outbreak. Louisiana Budget Project’s Director of Public Affairs and Outreach Davante Lewis will lead the conversation.The complete list of panelists features:

  • Davante Lewis, Director of Public Affairs and Outreach, Louisiana Budget Project, Moderator
  • Jarvis DeBerry, Former Deputy Opinions Editor, | The Times-Picayune
  • Rebekah Gee, M.D., MPH, CEO Health Care Services, LSU Health
  • Denese Shervington M.D., MPH, Humanistic Integrative Psychiatry, President and CEO, Institute of Women and Ethnic Studies, UNO Research and Technology Foundation, Inc.
  • Jenny Sullivan, Director of Housing and Health Integration, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
  • Jhacova Williams, Ph.D., Economist for Economic Policy Institute's Program on Race, Ethnicity, and the Economy (PREE)

Registration for An Unequal Relationship: Race and COVID-19 and each of the events in the Communications & COVID-19 series can be found online. Registrants will receive a Zoom meeting link and information on how to join. The events will also be recorded and uploaded to the Manship School’s YouTube channel.

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The Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs is partnership-driven, action-oriented, and dedicated to exploring contemporary issues at the intersection of mass communication and public life. Its interdisciplinary approach draws together experts from diverse fields to advance research and dialogue. The intent is to inspire our communities to think deeply, take action, develop solutions and broaden knowledge. Underlying the Center’s endeavors is to strengthen and advance the Manship School’s national and state leadership in media and politics.

LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication ranks among the strongest collegiate communication programs in the country, with its robust emphasis on media and public affairs. It offers undergraduate degrees in public relations, journalism, political communication, digital advertising and pre-law, along with four graduate degree programs: master of mass communication, Ph.D. in media and public affairs, certificate of strategic communication, and dual MMC/law degree. Its public relations students were recently ranked the #1 team in the nation, and its digital advertising and student media teams frequently earn national recognition.

The Louisiana Budget Project (LBP) monitors and reports on state public policies and how they affect Louisiana’s low- to moderate-income families. Using research, outreach and advocacy, LBP educates policymakers, the nonprofit community and the public about the economic and racial barriers that Louisianans face each day, and looks for solutions that can create a more widely shared prosperity.