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he second webinar in the ARC Network’s series on Ensuring Equity in Institutional COVID-19 Responses addressed various advocacy strategies. We were joined by two scholar activists: Dr. Sandra Soto and Dr. Jessi Smith.

Sandra Soto, PhD is an Associate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Arizona. She is known for her scholarship Chicana/o and Latina/o literary and cultural studies, queer theory, racialized sexuality, and transnational feminisms. Dr. Soto’s book Reading Chican@ Like a Queer: The De-Mastery of Desire, “replaces the race-based oppositional paradigm of Chicano literary studies with a less didactic, more flexible, framework geared for a queer analysis of the discursive relationship between racialization and sexuality”.

Jessi L. Smith, PhD is a Professor of Psychology and Associate Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. Her primary research expertise is on how societal norms and stereotypes undermine or support a person’s motivational experience. Dr. Smith’s NIH and NSF funded work has included longitudinal analyses of Native American and Latino student experiences in STEM; cross-sectional analyses of women’s motivation for STEM; and theory informed experimental interventions designed to change higher education in ways that foster sustainable diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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