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Our collective responses to the COVID-19 pandemic magnifies structural inequities – as well as strengths – that exist in our diverse communities. In the spirit of the "Teach In" offered in the winter quarters of 2018, 2019 and 2020, the College of Liberal Arts is excited to host a Teach ON! – a series of both synchronous and asynchronous lectures and associated resources devoted to issues of equity and justice surrounding COVID-19. 

These recorded and live lectures can be used by faculty across campus in their courses to address important topics such as anti-Asian racism, health disparities in different populations with regard to treatment and testing, redeployment of survival strategies for marginalized communities, and more! 

Synchronous lectures will be held every Thursday starting May 7 until the end of the quarter. 

A Canvas site is available as of April 30 for asynchronous lectures and recordings of synchronous lectures. Go to (you'll need to be logged into your Cal Poly portal) or email Grace Yeh ( or Jaime Ding ( to be added. 

Questions about the Teach ON! can be directed to Heidi Velasco ( or Jennifer Teramoto Pedrotti (

Find a schedule for the Teach ON! below. This schedule is in progress and will be updated regularly with times, Zoom links, and new sessions. 

topic and TIME presenter(s) ZOOM INFORMATION

Thursday, May 7

COVID-19 in Native America

11 a.m. – noon



  • Jenell Navarro, Ethnic Studies


Yellow Peril Racism & Caring for Our Communities in the Time of COVID-19

12 – 1 p.m.

  • Grace Yeh, Ethnic Studies/Communication Studies
  • Lilianne Tang, Cross Cultural Centers
  • Olivia Tran, Cross Cultural Centers

Teaching in the Moment: Addressing -isms in Virtual Environments

4 – 5 p.m. 

  • Jennifer Teramoto Pedrotti, College of Liberal Arts
  • Sarah Macdonald, CTLT
  • Susana Lopez, Psychology & Child Development

Thursday, May 14

Cultivating Community: Developing a Trauma-Informed Virtual Classroom Environment

2-3 p.m.

  • Jennifer MacMartin, SAFER
  • Kara Samaniego, SAFER


Thursday, May 21

Will the New Coronavirus Create Another New Deal?: Labor, Unions, and the State 

11 a.m. - noon

  • Lizzie Lamoree, Ethnic Studies



Thursday, May 28

La Gente Unida: A Resource Guide for Latina/o/x Immigrant Health in San Luis Obispo

9-10 a.m.

  • Elisa González, Public Health 
  • Mario Espinoza-Kulick, Ethnic Studies


Building a Healthier Democracy: How to Secure Voting Rights and Public Health in November

11 a.m. - noon

  • Michael Latner, Political Science


From Disproportionality to Ahmaud and Breona: Blacks and Corona, A Discussion 

12:30 - 2 p.m.

  • Denise Isom, Ethnic Studies




Reimagining the Future: A discussion of American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs 

3-4 p.m.

  • Asian Pacific Islander Faculty & Staff Association


Thursday, June 4

Video Screening and Discussion of Dr. Ruha Benjamin’s webinar, Black Skin, White Masks: Racism, Vulnerability & Refuting Black Pathology

10:10 - 11 a.m.

Teach ON! Committee Panel

  • Jennifer Teramoto Pedrotti, College of Liberal Arts
  • Grace Yeh, Ethnic Studies/Communication Studies
  • Denise Isom, Ethnic Studies,
  • Kari Mansager, University Housing
  • Jaime Ding, Kennedy Library


Meeting ID: 956 4914 0132


Keynote Presentation

Dr. Ruha Benjamin

Race to the Future? Reimagining the Default Settings of Technology & Society

11 a.m. - noon



Dr. Ruha Benjamin, Associate Professor of African American Studies, Princeton University

Register here to receive Zoom link by email


Faculty members may register as an individual and then distribute the Zoom link to students in their courses.

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