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Lecture stresses equality

by Melissa Lacas
Graduate Intern, Public Relations
Gayenell S. Magwood, Ph.D., R.N., likened the quest for equality in America to a long journey.
“Are we there yet?” she asked the audience Feb. 18. “We used to ask this question as a child while on a long, uncomfortable care ride. Now, as adults, we must ask this question en route to economic and social equality.”
Magwood, an assistant professor in the College of Nursing, is the co-principal investigator for Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health. She also served as the project director for REACH 2010, a Charleston and Georgetown Diabetes Coalition that focuses on reducing disparities and improving care for African-Americans with diabetes.
Magwood believes that a strong sense of belonging is crucial to helping people integrate. In her quest, Magwood learned to promote trusting and open relationships, involve family and support networks and to learn to listen.
“Because I love who I am,” Magwood said, “I am able to have more productive encounters.”
“We have to be open and begin to discuss the racial and ethnic disparities that exist,” Magwood said. “This may be uncomfortable for some people, but it has to be addressed. This is about equality and equity, not just for black people, but for all.”
Magwood was among those speaking in the Black History Month Lecture Series hosted by the Office of Student Diversity and the Multicultural Student Advisory Board.

Friday, Feb. 27, 2009

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