Marginalized Communities in Times of Crisis

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Event Date: 3/24/2020

In a discussion moderated by Shabnam Koirala-Azad, Dean of the School of Education, Associate Professor Genevieve Leung (CAS), Associate Professor Hsiu-Lan Cheng (SOE), and Assistant Professor Daniela Domínguez (SOE) will discuss the possible impact of COVID-19 on marginalized communities. Providing a historical and socio-political lens, the panel will explore the treatment of vulnerable communities, focusing on the mental health ramifications as well as the ways xenophobia, profiling, and microaggressions are currently impacting marginalized communities.


Shabnam Koirala-AzadShabnam Koirala-Azad, PhD is Dean of USF’s School of Education. She has a PhD in Education, Social and Cultural Studies and explores social and educational (in)equities through a transnational lens. Through ethnography and participatory research, her work critically examines the experiences of South Asian students and families in schools and society, as they experience shifting identities and navigate through structural inequities in various geographic, social and political spaces.



Hsiu Lan ChengHsiu-Lan Cheng is an associate professor in the School of Education. Her scholarship contextualizes mental health concerns and help-seeking behaviors in milieus of racism, sexism, and immigration stress, among other sociocultural challenges of exclusion and stigmatization. Her areas of expertise include the examination of objectification and dehumanization of the Asian physique and the impacts on social injustice and mental health disparities.



Daniela DominguezDaniela Domínguez is an assistant professor in the counseling psychology department, where she coordinates the Marriage and Family Therapy program at the Santa Rosa Location. As a licensed psychologist, Dr. Domínguez has responded to multiple natural and social disasters. Her program of research has focused on understanding how disaster survivors use specific strategies to draw upon resiliencies to achieve positive health.



Genevieve LeungGenevieve Leung is an associate professor of Rhetoric and Language and director of the Critical Diversity Studies major and the Asian Pacific American Studies minor at USF. At USF she teaches courses on research writing, language and social interaction, and language and power at the undergraduate and graduate levels.