Honoring Women on the Frontline of COVID-19
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Join the University Library System and Pitt CEC Homewood as we celebrate Women's History Month for a conversation about the many ways women have served on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic.
They are nurses, pharmacists, doctors, and other healthcare workers. They are teachers, librarians, cashiers, executives, and food industry workers. While tending to their positions and household duties, many women have also struggled with providing educational assistance for their children who have been at home learning remotely and caregiving for elderly parents. Studies have shown that women are taking on a higher proportion of these household and caregiving duties, even while male and female parents are both working remotely, and some women are dropping out of the workforce entirely due to these pressures.
- Audrey J. Murrell (Moderator), Ph.D., Professor of Business Administration, Psychology, Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh
- Dr. Murrell conducts research, teaching and consulting that helps organizations better utilize and engage their most important assets – their human and social capital. She received her B.S. from Howard University and both her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Delaware and is deeply committed to diversity, equity and inclusion along with ethics and social responsibility in organizations. She is the author of numerous books and research publications including “Mentoring Diverse Leaders: Creating Change for People, Processes and Paradigms” (with Stacy Blake-Beard). Dr. Murrell serves as a consultant in the areas of mentoring, leadership development, and workforce/supplier diversity. Audrey’s community service activities include having served on a number of non-profit and community boards both locally and nationally.
- Bridgette N. Cofield, JD, SPHR, Assistant Vice President - Human Resources, Diversity & Inclusion, Carlow University
- Dr. Cofield has extensive expertise in providing customized human resources solutions for institutions, businesses and nonprofit organizations. As a specialist in the human resources field, Dr. Cofield earned her Senior Professional in Human Resources certification from the Human Resources Certification Institute for the Society for Human Resources Management in 2002 and actively maintains the certification and human resources and strategic excellence standards. Dr. Cofield obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1994 from the University of Memphis and her Juris Doctor degree in 1997 from the University of Memphis School of Law.
- Jessica Isaac, PharmD, BCGP, UPMC Pharmacy Administrative Fellow – 2nd Year, UPMC Presbyterian-Shadyside, Presbyterian Campus
- Jessica was born and raised in Rochester, NY and received her PharmD from the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Jessica’s background experience includes long-term care pharmacy, ambulatory care pharmacy, community pharmacy, and cultural competence consulting. Her professional interests include medication safety and quality improvement, and diversity and inclusion, and academia.
- Abby Jacobsen, MLIS, Media Production Equipment & Services Coordinator, Hillman Library, University of Pittsburgh
- Abby Jacobsen graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Masters in Library and Information Science. She is a member of the Research and Educational Support department and has been at Hillman Library since 2011. At the ULS, Abby supervises staff and student workers, provides comprehensive assistance and instruction to library patrons, and collaborates with multiple academic departments. Abby is a Pittsburgh native and a first-time mom to a 1-year-old.
- Allison McLaren, MA TESOL, ELL/Spanish Teacher, West Allegheny School District
- Allison McLaren has a MA in TESOL from Boston University and has been teaching English and Spanish to students from ages 8 to 80 for over twenty five years. Ms. McLaren has worked for various organizations concerned with a range of social issues including child abuse prevention, migrant education, and low input agriculture. For the past 15 years, Ms. McLaren has been a Spanish and ELL teacher for the West Allegheny School District. Currently Ms. McLaren and her seven-year old son reside in Morningside.
Tuesday, March 30 at 1:00 p.m.