Dis-Equity in the U.S. Today: Going beyond our professional and personal comfort zones

Sheafor Event 2019


Taking on the difficult subject matter of effectively addressing and resolving persistent health, social, economic, racial, and political inequalities in the U.S., on March 4 the School of Social Work hosted the Brad Sheafor Lecture in Social Work with a featured presentation by nationally recognized leader, educator, and scholar Dr. Darrell P. Wheeler, Ph.D., MPH, ACSW, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Iona College.

Dr. Wheeler’s research interests include evaluation of health equity, race, and gender; identification and exploration of individual and communal resiliency in HIV prevention and intervention among African American & Black gay, bisexual, and transgender communities; and professional practices that promote positive health outcomes. His research has been recognized nationally and internationally, and has been funded by NIH NIMH, CDC, and SAMHSA.

Dr. Wheeler’s presentation highlighted professional social work and trans-disciplinary contributions, challenges, and future directions that support and at times impede progress toward actualization of an “American Dream.” The event was coordinated through the efforts of the School of Social Work’s Committee for Social Justice, which includes students and members of faculty. Dr. Wheeler also met with social work students earlier in the day to discuss his life’s work researching health outcomes within LGBTQ communities.

Recordings of the presentations are available at the following links:

1. Dialogues Around Difference March 2019 – Discussion with students on researching health outcomes within LGBTQ communities
2. Brad Sheafor Lecture 2019 – Dis-Equity in the U.S. Today: Going beyond our personal and professional comfort zones

About the Brad Sheafor Lecture Series

Brad Sheafor dedicated 38 years to Colorado State University and its School of Social Work. The Brad Sheafor Lecture Series honors his leadership and contributions to social work, both locally and nationally.