Category Archive: Students

Global students impress

American Mock World Health Organization (AMWHO) meeting held at the Gillings School Friday afternoon, Jan. 25, I had the true joy of speaking to an auditorium full of smart, passionate, energized students participating in the annual regional AMWHO conference, a weekend-long event hosted this year by the UNC-Chapel Hill chapter… Read More

Becoming: A refreshing reminder that public service is not the swamp

I have been moved to tears reading parts of Michelle Obama’s autobiographical book, Becoming. It is uplifting and validating to read the unfolding of her and Barack Obama’s intertwined stories. As she tells it, while much was different about their upbringing and childhoods, they shared a devotion to learning, introspection… Read More

Disposition of a statue

December 14, 2018 The statement below reflects my personal opinions and does not represent the position of the Gillings School of Global Public Health or the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. It is longer than most of my Monday Morning posts – the topic is complex. First, I… Read More

Authentic conversations about adverse childhood experiences

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) – defined as abuse, neglect and family/household challenges experienced during the first 18 years of life — are not evenly distributed among populations. Members of minority groups and children who grow up in poverty have more of them. ACEs can cast long shadows over lives and… Read More

Toppling of the Silent Sam statue

Below is a letter I sent today to members of the Gillings School community. Dear Gillings School faculty and staff members, students, alumni and friends, My purpose in writing is to provide a perspective on the toppling of the Confederate statue called Silent Sam that occurred August 20 on the… Read More