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Leading Communities Forward: Sharing Ideas for Meeting this Moment

July 22, 2021 - 5:00pm to 6:15pm

Join us on Thursday, July 22 at 5pm PT for “Leading Communities Forward: Sharing Ideas for Meeting this Moment.” Three extraordinary Human Biology alumni - Dr. Sara Cody ‘85, Dr. Russell Jeung ‘84, and Ms. Nicole Taylor ‘90 - will discuss the challenges we’ve faced over the last year and a half and their visions for the future in a panel moderated by Dr. Cathy Heaney.

These prominent community leaders have played critical leadership roles in response to the pandemic, to the coinciding rise in anti-Asian violence, and to the massive racial, economic, and health disparities made visible over the past year. We’ll ask our speakers to discuss how their roles as leaders have evolved and what kinds of solutions they see to the problems arising from inequality, polarization, and racism.

  • Dr. Cathy Heaney is an Associate Professor (Teaching) in the Department of Psychology and in the Stanford Prevention Research Center. Cathy’s research has focused on understanding psychosocial factors at work that are associated with health and disease (job stress, work relationships, organizational justice), and how to develop effective strategies for enhancing employee resiliency and reducing exposure to psychological and behavioral risk factors at work. Recently, Cathy has been conducting a cross-cultural global study of well-being.  In HumBio, Cathy teaches Community Health Psychology and a lecture series that introduces students to HumBio themes. She also advises a number of students and mentors students in their honors research.
  • Dr. Sara Cody ‘85 is the Public Health Officer and Director of the County of Santa Clara’s Public Health Department, which assesses and reports on community health, provides services, and develops policy and strategic planning. In her dual roles, she oversees 450 staff who lead more than 30 programs dedicated to preventing disease and promoting health and equity for nearly two million county residents. Since January 2020, Sara has led the COVID-19 response for Santa Clara County, a demographically and socioeconomically diverse population. She coordinated successfully with surrounding counties to issue the nation's first shelter-in-place order, and helped to lead a unified approach to the pandemic with clear and consistent messaging, earning her the Zale Award for Public Service from Stanford’s Public Policy Program. Sara’s team is now focusing on addressing barriers to COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Dr. Russell Jeung ‘84 is a Professor of Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University. His research interests include the Sociology of Race, the Sociology of Religion, and Social Movements. Russell conducts community-based, participatory research with Asian American communities. In 2020, he launched StopAAPIHate, an organization that tracks COVID-19 related discrimination in order to develop community resources and policy interventions to fight racism. Russell has been a powerful advocate and a voice in the media for many years, revealing and countering racism, xenophobia and hate directed at people of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) descent in the United States.
  • Ms. Nicole Taylor ‘90 is the President and CEO of Silicon Valley Community Foundation with an extensive background in philanthropy, nonprofit administration and fundraising in both the private and public sectors. Nicole has championed efforts to increase local giving from SVCF donors and offer donors new avenues for working with the community foundation so they can be ​more effective philanthropists. During the pandemic, SVCF raised nearly $65 million for funds to meet the needs of individuals, families, nonprofit organizations, small businesses and education systems across 10 counties in the Bay Area.
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