UMSL’s Community Innovation and Action Center (CIAC), along with other community partners in the region, plan to host a virtual town hall next week to inform policy scholarship around local impact and responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We have invited several practitioners, community leaders and researchers who will share their perspectives on our social system’s capacity to meet the basic needs of historically marginalized groups. We hope this town hall will inform recent calls for policy scholarship and also clarify actionable steps to take in developing a system that honors humanity and dignity as well as distribute resources equitably. 

This is considered the first step in an ongoing set of collaborative investigations. We value your lived-experience and observations, which are crucially important in contextualizing how COVID-19 impacts everyday life and shaping how policymakers need to respond.  


PANELISTS: (included, but not limited to)
Dr. Sheila Grigsby, MSN/MPH, RN, PhD – Assistant Professor, College of Nursing
University of Missouri – St. Louis
Alicia Hernández – Community Organizer
ACLU Missouri
Sara John – Executive Director
Interfaith Committee on Latin America (IFCLA)
Dr. Chris Prener, PhD – Assistant Professor, Sociology
St. Louis University
Katie Kaufmann – Director 
Ready by 21 St. Louis
Chris Sullivan – Director of Health, Counseling, and Disability Access Services
University of Missouri – St. Louis
Cordaryl  “Pat” Patrick – Assistant Vice President
Community Investment/Real Estate/Promise Zone

Dr. Adriano Udani PhD – Associate Professor, Political Science
University of Missouri – St. Louis
Désirée P. Jones-Smith M.Ed. – Sr. Manager of Campus Partnerships
University of Missouri – St. Louis – Community Innovation and Action Center