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Biannual Huston-Tillotson University’s Seminar Focused on Women’s Health, Justice, Equity, and Intersectionality in Afro-Latino Communities

AUSTIN, Texas – Using the intersection of research and journalism to successfully impact communities, reconciling politics with health issues, and making healthcare equitable for women, especially women of color, was the topic of discussion during the Carver Science Club seminar held recently at Huston-Tillotson University (HT).

Internationally renowned journalist Natalia Perez-Gonzalez was the featured speaker. She discussed her experiences while reporting on the fight for women’s health in the Dominican Republic, which were chronicled in the documentary, “Beyond the Green Wave,” which she produced during her reporting fellowship with the Pulitzer Center in Washington, DC.

Joining Perez-Gonzales in a panel discussion were HT faculty members Dr. Rosa Mino and Dr. Amanda Masino. Mino is currently a fellow for the Public Voices Op-Ed Project’s “Public Voices Fellowship,” which is a year-long fellowship offered by the UT Austin that increases the range of voices and quality of ideas that are heard in the world today. Her op-ed, “Finding Joy Again: New Mothers Need Postpartum Mental Health Help” was recently published by Ms. Magazine.

Masino, who heads HT’s Center for Health Justice and Equity, trains research students in a community-engaged research program. Her initiatives have provided pro-bono research and data support to fifteen equity-focused nonprofits over the last three years.

HT’s Carver Science Club Seminar Series is named after a 1930s-era student organization at the all-women’s Tillotson College, which, in 1952, merged with Samuel Huston College to form what would eventually become Huston-Tillotson University.

Named in honor of George Washington Carver who met with the club and delivered remarks and an inspirational poem, the seminar series focuses on intersections between science and society. The seminar series is supported by the Center for Health Justice and Equity and the St. David’s Foundation. The event was also supported by the Pulitzer Center, of which HT is a Pulitzer Center Campus Consortium partner.

About Huston-Tillotson University

Huston-Tillotson University, the oldest institution of learning in Austin, Texas, has roots dating back to 1875. HT is an independent, church-related, historically black, four-year liberal arts institution located on a 23-acre tree-lined campus near downtown in East Austin. Huston-Tillotson University’s mission is to nurture a legacy of leadership and excellence in education, connecting knowledge, power, passion, and values. The University offers associate and master’s degrees in addition to Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in more than 19 areas of study.