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'Racing Toward Justice': In conversation with Dr. Celine Gounder on Feb. 15

| Denise Olson

Photo caption: Dr. Celine Gounder is the CEO and founder of Just Human Productions, a nonprofit multimedia organization established in 2017 with a stated mission to "elevate public health coverage beyond traditional media, using the power of narrative and next-generation media to translate complex concepts into actionable solutions rooted in social justice."

The Center for Racial and Restorative Justice at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will present the fourth installment in the "Racing Toward Justice" speaker series at 6 p.m. Feb. 15.

Special guest Dr. Celine Gounder is an assistant professor of medicine and infectious disease at New York University’s Grossman School of Medicine, who served on the 2020-21 COVID-19 Advisory Board for the transition team of then-President-elect Joe Biden. She also hosts and produces “American Diagnosis,” a podcast on health and social justice, and “Epidemic,” a podcast about the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gounder earned her master’s degree in epidemiology from the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and her M.D. from the University of Washington. She spent over 17 years studying tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and Ebola across the globe. She later brought her research and expertise to a parallel career as a medical journalist with media outlets like CNN, MSNBC, Al Jazeera, the New Yorker, The Atlantic and more. As a journalist, Gounder is best known for her coverage of the Ebola, Zika, opioid addiction, gun violence and COVID-19 epidemics.

In 2017, People Magazine named Gounder as one of 25 Women Changing the World. In 2021, InStyle Magazine named her one of 50 Women Making the World a Better Place, citing her unique ability to “continually find new ways to communicate vital information about disease and to expose healthcare inequities.”

The one-hour virtual event will feature 15 minutes of opening remarks from Gounder about the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic, 35 minutes of moderated questions and a 10-minute Q&A with audience members. Audience questions can be submitted in advance at, or posted in the Zoom meeting chat during the event.

The "Racing Toward Justice" series is sponsored by BMO Harris Bank through the UW-Eau Claire Foundation.