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Equity Series Session 1: Connect Before You Correct: How to Host Listening Sessions and Develop Trust to Mitigate COVID-19 and Decrease Vaccine Hesitancy in Marginalized Communities

Recorded On: 05/21/2021

Join us for the first session in the HECCOP and CoVAC Equity Series. In this session, the presenters will discuss the necessity of acknowledging the totality of COVID-19's disparate impact on marginalized communities and the value of listening to these communities to better understand the root causes of mistrust in the health care system and vaccine refusal. Attendees will get guidance on how they can examine their own practices and procedures - and biases and assumption - to address the needs of marginalized communities in the short- and long-term, beyond COVID-19.

Session Information 

Format: Self-paced, recorded webinar

Original Recording Date: May 21, 2021

Expiration Date: May 21, 2022
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Learning Objectives

  1. Campus personnel will learn the necessity of acknowledging the totality of COVID-19's disparate impact on marginalized communities. 
  2. Campus personnel will understand the value of listening deeply to marginalized communities to understand the root causes of mistrust and refusal. 
  3. Campus personnel will examine their own practices and procedures as drivers or disruptors of trust for the long term, beyond COVID-19. 
  4. Campus personnel will critically reflect on their own biases and assumptions as drivers or disruptors of the efficacy of their efforts to be responsive to the needs of marginalized communities in the short- and long-term, beyond COVID-19. 


Shawnte Elbert
The Ohio State University

Ashleigh Hala,
Babson College

Micah Griffin, Moderator
Pennsylvania State University

Claudette Blot
Bentley University

Shawnte Elbert

Associate Vice President of Health and Well-being

The Ohio State University

Shawnté is the Associate Vice President of Health and Well-being at The Ohio State University and an adjunct Assistant Professor at Tulane University’s online MPH program. She just concluded her tenure as the Associate Dean of Health and Wellness at Central Washington University. She is a graduate of East Carolina University with a BS in Health Education & Promotion with a concentration in Worksite Health. She received her MA degree in Wellness from Chatham University and completed her Ed.D. from St. Thomas University in Educational Leadership & Management. Shawnté is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist, a Certified Health & Wellness Professional (ACHA), and Certified Wellness & Health Coach. At East Carolina University-Student Health she was the Health Educator for over five and a half years. While at East Carolina, she also served as the Assistant Director of Greek Life for the National Pan-Hellenic Council and the Multicultural Greek Council. After ECU, she worked at UNC Charlotte – Center for Wellness Promotion, where she was the ATOD Health Educator. After three and a half years, she moved to IUPUI as the inaugural Director of Health and Wellness Promotion. In addition, Shawnté held faculty appointments with the IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the School of Liberal Arts. She has served as an Adjunct Instructor teaching Peer Health, and Health and Wellness courses. She is active in the American College Health Association, where she sits on the Board of Directors and NASPA, in which she serves as the Co-Chair for the Wellness and Health Promotion Knowledge Community.

Ashleigh Hala

Director, Wellness and Prevention Services

Babson College

As the founding director for Wellness & Prevention Services, Ashleigh Hala leads Babson’s community health, health promotion, and prevention efforts. Hala previously served as the founding Director of Sexual Assault Prevention & Response Services at Babson College and as the Title IX Coordinator/Associate Director of Residence Life at Wheelock College. Hala has also worked in substance use and addiction services with the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health and in legislative advocacy, fundraising, and research with the LGBT Aging Project. Hala holds both Master of Social Work (Boston University) and Bachelor of Social Work (Wheelock College) degrees and is a licensed certified social worker (LCSW). She is also trained and certified in rape crisis counseling, motivational interviewing, prevention leadership, Title IX investigation, and basic restorative practices. Hala is an engaged member of NASPA – Student Affairs Professionals in Higher Education, the American College Health Association (ACHA), the New England College Health Association (NECHA), and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). Currently, Hala serves as the Professional Development Coordinator for the Wellness and Health Promotion Knowledge Community (NASPA), the Mentorship Coordinator for the Sexual and Relationship Violence Prevention, Education, and Response Knowledge Community (NASPA), and the Region I State Coordinator for the Peer Education initiatives of NASPA. Hala is also a member of the Restorative Practices in Higher Education Learning Collaborative organized by the International Institute of Restorative Practices (IIRP). Outside of the office, Hala is passionately active in the sexual and relationship violence prevention community, and is frequently featured as a keynote speaker for such organizations as The Office of the Attorney General, and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA). Hala is also currently appointed to the Board of Directors for local non-profit organization REACH Beyond Domestic Violence.


Equity Series Session 1 - Connect Before You Correct: How to host listening sessions to inform COVID-19 mitigation and vaccination strategies on campus
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