Not a moment but a movement

Whether the current focus on racism as a public health crisis will be a temporary uptick or a sustained push depends largely on the people now enrolled in public health graduate schools across the country. They are the next generation of scientists and practitioners who will do much of the heavy lifting required to disassemble the systems and structures that have supported racism for centuries. If talking to a few such Rollins students is any indication, they are up for the challenge.

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Anti-racist agenda

The killing of George Floyd brought the horror of racism into sharper focus across the nation. Even institutions that have striven to promote social justice and equity within their walls recognized they were being called to do more. Rollins is no exception.

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Under new leadership

Rollins named three new department chairs in 2020. The fact that, after nationwide searches, two of the new department heads came from within Rollins’ own ranks speaks to the depth and breadth of talent within the school, according to Dean James Curran. The third, coming from another institution, has had close professional ties with Rollins for years. Meet our new leaders:

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Going their own way

Keisha (Edwards) Hunt, Taroub Harb Faramand, Kelvin Brown, Meaghan Kennedy, and Elizabeth Sprouse all went through Rollins at different times. They studied different subjects in different departments. But they have one thing in common. They all started their own businesses. Read their stories.

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