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Spelman Community Members Lead Efforts to Stop the Spread of COVID-19 and Raise Environmental Justice Concerns

As the COVID-19 virus continues to spread through a growing number of regions in the United States and the rest of the world, many members of the Spelman community are working tirelessly to do their part to help stop the spread and raise environmental justice concerns beyond the health crisis.

We know there are  more individuals who are connected to Spelman who are on the front lines or working behind the scenes, but here are just a few examples: Dr. Wilma Wooten, C’78, San Diego County’s Public Health Officer is leading her county's COVID-19 response; Dr. Bernice King, C'85, has been appointed co-chair of a new outreach committee in Georgia as the state copes with the coronavirus; and Dr. Fatemeh Shafiei, associate professor and chair of political science, was quoted in the article, "Coronavirus is not just a health crisis — it’s an environmental justice crisis" in "Grist."

  • Fatemeh Shafiei Lends Her Voice to "Coronavirus as an Environmental Justice Crisis"Article

    Fatemeh Shafiei
    Fatemeh Shafiei, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of the Department of Political Science at Spelman College, has worked for many years to support environmental justice and environmental education. With her finger always on the pulse of the environmental justice conversation, it is no wonder she is quoted extensively in the article "Coronavirus is not just a health crisis — it’s an environmental justice crisis" in "Grist."
  • Alumna Leads San Diego County in COVID-19 Response

    Spelman Alumna Wilma Wooten Leads COVID Response Efforts
    As San Diego County’s Public Health Officer, Dr. Wilma Wooten, C’78, has been responsible for developing countywide policies and guidance in response to COVID-19. From banning mass gatherings of more than 250 people as defined by the state of California, to advising local business owners and operators on March 12, Dr. Wooten helped lead a calculated and organized response to the virus.
  • Bernice King Named to Georgia Coronavirus Outreach

    Spelman Alumna Bernice King
    Spelman alumna Dr. Bernice King, has been appointed co-chair of a new outreach committee in Georgia as the state copes with the coronavirus, Gov. Brian Kemp announced. King, chief executive officer of the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta, Georgia, will be joined on the committee by more than a dozen business and community leaders.

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