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» Engaging the World: Leading the Conversation on Health Equity, Fall 2023

Wilkinson College is committed to leading the conversation in our community on issues of humanity, unity and justice. As such, the college has undertaken, semester-long examinations of key societal issues. These interdisciplinary, campus-wide conversations promote thoughtful dialogue; mindful reflection; social tolerance; awareness and respect; peace and kindness. Wilkinson is partnering with Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences for the 23-24 series, which focuses on health equity.

What is Health Equity?

  • Health Humanities is an interdisciplinary field of study that uses approaches from the arts, humanities, and social sciences to examine concepts and issues of health, wellbeing, illness, and disability in relation to diverse histories, cultures, perspectives, and communities within and beyond the United States.
  • Health Equity are the conditions in which everyone has the just opportunity to attain the highest level of health.
  • Health Equity identifies and challenges the historical, cultural, social, and economic disparities that interfere with access to health and health care.
  • The global COVID-19 pandemic and its ongoing repercussions has further reinforced the need for Health Humanities to understand the complexity health not only as medical but also as individual and communal, physical and emotional, historical and political, and cultural and statistical.
  • Our purpose for this year’s series is to promote informed, sustained, and enriching dialogues through an in-depth exploration of what the human condition of health means in our lives.


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To learn more about this program, contact Associate Professor of Sociology, Associate Dean of Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, Dr. Stephanie Takaragawa.

Engaging the World Podcasts: 2023

A podcast series of informed and enriching dialogues to help us better understand our world – how we got here, who we are, and where we are going as a society. Produced in partnership with publicpodcasting.org. Subscribe now! Listen on Apple Podcast and Spotify!

Library Display

Stop by the Leatherby Libraries to see their Engaging the World: Health Equity Bibliography book display!

The physical display can be found on the first floor of Leatherby Libraries for the entire fall 2023 semester.

Other ways to view the Health Equity Bibliography: