The eighth annual Social Consciousness Summit explored the negative impact of the coronavirus pandemic on minority communities. The theme was: “COVID-19: Understanding and Breaking the Socio-Economic and Racial Disparities."

Live Stream Conversation

We invite you to view the conversation on Vimeo or listen to the podcast version on SoundCloud. The AU Agenda post for the event is here. For additional podcast episodes, please visit Andrews Speaks.


  • Nicki Britten, Health Officer for the Berrien County Health Department
  • Dr. Harvey Burnett, Associate Professor of Psychology and Chair of the School of Social & Behavioral Sciences at AU
  • Dr. Anita Fernander, Associate Professor of Behavioral Science in the College of Medicine at the University of Kentucky.
  • Dr. Brandy Lovelady Mitchell, Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion for the Kent Intermediate School District
  • Ingrid Weiss Slikkers, Assistant Professor of Social Work, has been a social worker and therapist since the early 90s and currently teaches at Andrews.
  • Twyla Smith, Assistant Professor of Social Work & Director of Field Education at AU
  • Dr. Padma Tadi Uppala, Professor and Chair of the School of Population Health, Nutrition and Wellness at Andrews University, and also Program Director for Public Health.
  • Dr. Lynn Todman, Executive Director for Population Health at Spectrum Health Lakeland in St. Joseph, Michigan.


  • Spectrum Health Lakeland
  • AU Office for Diversity and Inclusion
  • AU Office of Research & Creative Scholarship
  • AU Office of the Provost


  • Jerry Price (Manager for Inclusion & Diversity at Spectrum Health Lakeland)
  • Carlisle Sutton (Director of Community Engagement, Integration & Services at Andrews University)
  • Michael Nixon (Andrews Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion)
  • Jeff Boyd (Research Support Specialist, Andrews Office of Research & Creative Scholarship)

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