SOCIAL IMPACT LIVE: Can Virtual Reality Teach Racial Empathy?

November 24, 2020 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Event Organizer

CSSW Communications


The disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on people of color has shown us once again how racism and bias that lie at the root of health inequities. In this episode of Social Impact LIVE, host Richard Hara (bio) sits down with Associate Professor Courtney Cogburn (bio), who is the lead creator of 1000 Cut Journey, an immersive virtual reality racism experience. In this virtual experience, viewers become Michael Sterling, a Black man, encountering racism as a young child, adolescent, and young adult. Cogburn will discuss the findings of her recent study using 1000 Cut Journey as a component of professional development for leaders, faculty, and staff at Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, a medical school located on Long Island.  

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