Inspiration in five answers. Get to know Emory scholars during 2O36: The Platform.
In these monthly master classes, Emory experts take on fear, belonging, identity, the gifts of athletics, the future of the Supreme Court, and more. These informal, intimate videos will give you a glimpse inside the Emory experience. Recapture the feeling of college learning without the exams.
Unconventional Journey to Nursing
When she was only 4, Roxana Chicas 16N 20G crossed the Rio Grande on her mother’s shoulders, seeking a better life in the United States. Today she is a nurse scientist at Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. Along the way, she found inspiration from her mom, community, and a doctor she worked for. She’s researching the effects of record-breaking heat on farm workers and offering solutions to keep them safe. And that’s just one way she’s advocating for Latinx communities.
The Psychology of Fear
Haunted houses. Scary movies. Skydiving. They’re not for everybody. Even Ken Carter 87Ox 89C—an expert in the science behind why some people seek thrills—doesn’t enjoy being scared. As professor of psychology at Oxford College, Carter delves into the minds of daredevils. He’s found both biological and environmental reasons and says that being a high-sensation seeker has benefits. (But it’s also okay if you’re a scaredy cat.)
Amplifying Indigenous Voices
Emil’ Keme, Indigenous scholar and activist, shares the journey from his Maya ancestral lands to his role as a professor of English at Emory. He is reclaiming history by challenging assumptions and bringing an Indigenous perspective to literature, environmental justice, and social movements. Plus, he offers a list of must-reads from Indigenous authors.
Avoiding Holiday Burnout
Holiday season is here. Along with parties, shopping, and family visits, the end of the year brings added work stress. As a leadership expert, therapist, and adjunct faculty member at Goizueta Business School, Brandon Smith knows a thing or two about creating workplaces that are happy and dysfunction free. To avoid holiday burnout, Smith encourages us to set healthy boundaries, schedule time for reflection and gratitude, and treat urgency like hot sauce: Use it sparingly.
The Future of College Sports
From athletes receiving compensation to schools withdrawing from conferences, college sports are changing. Keiko Price, associate vice president of Campus Life and Clyde Partin Sr. Director of Athletics at Emory, takes a look at how the current state of play will affect the future of college athletics. Plus, Price shares how her experience as a former NCAA Division I athlete helps her improve Emory students’ well-being through sports and recreation.
Bridging Differences through Dialogue
Conversations about topics like race, politics, and classism can be difficult. Reverend, social activist, and associate professor at Candler School of Theology Gregory Ellison 99C believes that meaningful conversations can only happen when people feel heard. He shares how we can change the world by focusing on three feet around us.
Is Diversity the Cure for Health Inequity?
Jada Bussey-Jones 88C 92M, professor of medicine at Emory, discusses the importance of diversity in medicine to address health disparities. When her grandparents passed away from preventable conditions, she was motivated to become a physician. As a Black woman, she struggled to find her place in academic medicine until she found a mentor. Now she’s creating pathways for students and physicians and ensuring a diverse workforce that better represents the real world.