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Discrimination and Mental Health During China’s COVID-19 Outbreak

In this study, we draw on quantitative survey data and qualitative interview data to understand the emergence, experiences, and well-being implications of stigma and discrimination during China’s COVID-19 outbreak. We first draw on an experiment component embedded in the national survey to empirically establish the existence of stigma during the outbreak.

Emily Wilson: 2020 Mark Strand Memorial Reading

Professor Emily Wilson will deliver the 2020 Mark Strand Memorial Reading online on Wednesday, October 7, at 4pm. REGISTER HERE for Zoom webinar:
Celebrated for her vivid and lyrical translation of Homer’s The Odyssey, Wilson will read from new work currently in progress: translations of Homer’s Iliad and Oedipus Tyrannos. The reading will be followed by a conversation with Professor Emily Greenwood, Yale Department of Classics.

VIRTUAL: Surveillance and Self-Determination: The Black Workshop

Rebecca Choi is an architectural historian who studies the racialization of politics, culture and representation as they cut through architectural form and urban spaces. Her research examines architecture’s relationship to the changing landscape of American race relations between 1940—1970, paying particular attention to how social movements from Civil Rights to Black Power and the particular elements that help define those movements—anti-racist protests, boycotts, sit-ins and insurrections—impacted the field of architecture.

VIRTUAL: The City Panel—Mental Health and the Right to the City

The spatial inequities embedded within cities have cascading effects on an individual’s access to mental health care. Racist urban malpractices such as redlining and housing discrimination are examples of generational exclusion and denial of opportunity to individuals based on race. These practices have lasting effects on the economic, social, and health disparities across discriminated communities.

VIRTUAL: Architectures of Mental Health

For centuries, state mental hospitals were designed to control patients stigmatized as outcasts and signal government power over populations labeled unwell. The architecture of these buildings occupies a position of great importance in the history of mental health care. The transition, more recently, towards community-based mental health care requires a deep understanding of the spatial configurations of state psychiatric institutions and the relationships they conjured. Architects, designers and mental-health practitioners must learn from the past to avoid historical mistakes.

VIRTUAL: The Home Panel—After the Asylum: Housing & Mental Health

The home is an important place in which to address mental health. The decline of both institutional asylums and in-patient mental health care has given way to a transition towards community-based home care. As underserved populations with mental illness continue to face barriers to good, affordable, or sheltered housing, designers and design professionals must consider how to make good housing accessible. In recent months, the home has become the frontline defense against the coronavirus, amplifying the need to ensure equitable access to safe, affordable housing.

VIRTUAL: The Hospital Panel—Deconstructing ‘Otherness'

The built form of the psychiatric hospital signals how society responds to mental health. These buildings have the ability to create positive reflections or conjure images of the mental health institution as a figure of ‘Otherness.‘ Among BIPOC communities, mental health care is frequently limited and commonly linked to detention orders requiring hospital stays. The Hospital Panel will imagine progressive models that dismantle prevalent perceptions of mental health and improve equitable access and experiences of clients inhabiting these architectures.


This fall, the M.E.D. Working Group for Anti-Racism is organizing a series of roundtable conversations with spatial practitioners, activists, and scholars whose work contends with the complex relationship between race, space, and social justice.

2020 Making Strides of Greater New Haven

This years drive thru event begins at at Lighthouse Point Park at 10:30 a.m. on October 18th, and will end at 11:30 a.m. We encourage all teams, participants, and survivors attending to decorate their car on October 18th and drive a symbolic pre-determined lap throughout the park. Pictures next to the start and finish line will be taken via event staff and posted to the events Facebook page. Exiting the vehicles will be prohibited.

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