2021 Conference

Dr. Mignonne C. Guy

Dr. Mignonne C. Guy is as an Associate Professor and Chair in the Department of African American Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Dr. Guy teaches courses on health inequities in Black populations, medical and scientific racism and interdisciplinary research methods. She is the founder and co-chair of the VCU Committee on Racial Equity (CORE) where she co-leads over 30 faculty, undergraduate and graduate students from a variety of disciplines, and community volunteers to co-create a mandatory interdisciplinary foundations course on race and racism in the U.S. The CORE model to decolonize education is a first in the state and will significantly shift the direction of VCU undergraduate, graduate and medical professional curriculum.

Dr. Guy’s research focuses on social, bio-behavioral and environmental determinants that contribute to health inequities among racial/ethnic minoritized populations and other marginalized groups. She is a faculty investigator in the Center for Tobacco Studies and the site lead for the Contextual Knowledge Core, and a member of the Massey Cancer Center Cancer Prevention and Control Group at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). She holds several national advisory positions including co-chair for the Racial and Equity Task Force in the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, Mid-Atlantic Regional Lead for the Intercultural Cancer Council and advisory board member for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Building Capacity to Reduce Tobacco Inequities in the South and Midwest Initiative. Prior to her arrival at VCU, she held research appointments in at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona, the Center for Health Outcomes and Pharmacoeconomic Research and the Arizona Cancer Center. She is a former health disparities scholar for the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities.

Dr. Kim Case

Dr. Kim Case serves as Director of Faculty Success and the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence in the Office of the Provost at Virginia Commonwealth University. She is also tenured full Professor of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies and Professor of Psychology. Dr. Case is a social psychologist by training and applies critical race theory, feminist theory, queer theory, and intersectional theory to her teaching, scholarship, and service. Her mixed-methods research examines ally behavior when encountering bias and interventions to increase understanding of intersectionality and systemic privilege, reduce prejudice, and create inclusive spaces within educational and workplace settings. Her pedagogical scholarship, including three books, addresses inclusive practices, teaching for social justice, privilege and intersectional pedagogy, and difficult moments in the classroom. She has also been recognized with many national and university teaching, scholarship, service, and leadership awards. Her podcast, essays, and free teaching resources are available at www.drkimcase.com.

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