Students enjoy ice-cream in Israel

The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected groups that have long suffered from systemic health and social inequalities. "Practice, Programming, and Policy in the Face of Twin Pandemics: COVID-19 and Racial/Ethnic Inequity" is an international, interprofessional elective that brings together a cohort of students from UMB and University of Haifa (Israel) to explore social justice implications to identify hurdles and opportunities for promoting social justice across disciplines, cultures, and social systems; and share global knowledge that can inform their future practice.

We ask:

  1. What is the role of professionals in shaping and responding to program and policy at the micro, meso, and macro levels of professional practice, gatekeeping, and service provision?
  2. How can we learn with and from the people most affected about the impacts of the pandemic on individuals and communities?

Synchronous course meetings, most with students from both universities, will take place virtually between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. on six Mondays: Feb. 22; March 1, 8, 22; and April 5, 12 as well as the Monday-Thursday of spring break, March 15-18, with asynchronous class work to be completed by UH/UMB partners between meetings.

Participating students will be considered for subsidized travel to Israel when international travel is permitted to resume.

Deadline is Dec. 17. Please contact cshdaimah@ssw.umaryland with any questions and to learn how to register. Additional information can be found at

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