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Month: October 2020

Perspective: Day One

The first day of class feels like a memory from another time. After successfully, if narrowly navigating my way to campus on time, I slipped into the back of class just as things were getting started. Spaced out across the lecture hall, my peers’ masked faces face forward toward the instructor. The first day of class is always unique, but this was its own weird. My peers are not physically approachable. There is a sense of temporariness. While the wide space under such conditions had the potential to feel cold, icebreakers and introductions added some familiarity. The professor’s determination to…

Stigma: A Co-Occurring Disorder of Pandemics

While pursuing the original research question and observations of the Covid-19 Pandemic, research began on prior health pandemics within the United States. With the original goal of achieving broader participation in public health initiatives, research exploring fractured responses in the United States during past disease and drug epidemics uncovered an obvious throughline: the persistence of stigma. Defining stigma here as “the situation of the individual who is disqualified from full social acceptance” (Erving, Goffman. 1963. Stigma. London: Penguin.), research evolved to investigate the following question: How Has Stigma Impacted the United State’s Response to the HIV/AIDS Crisis? The nature of…