Anti-Racism Task Force (ARTF)


This committee:

Is organized to support ISEE membership in facilitating rigorous science on the sources and health impacts of racial inequities in environmental exposures with the potential to inform effective policies and interventions. Established in August 2020, the committee‘s goals are:
  1. To facilitate a movement within ISEE and provide a standard and guidance for the field of environmental epidemiology for
    1. Careful consideration of the meaning and modeling of race and racial inequities in environmental exposures and their health impacts;
    2. Regular integration of social science and humanities expertise and knowledge on the meaning of race and the role of structural racism in society;
    3. Careful study of race and structural racism integrated into our science rather than added as an afterthought or considered a small niche within the field.
  2. Science is subjective in the questions we ask and the models we test. To build an evidence base with the potential to inform effective interventions to address environmental inequities, the field of environmental epidemiology would benefit from a cadre of scholars and experts from diverse backgrounds and worldviews. Toward that end, we will facilitate a movement within ISEE and the field of environmental epidemiology that:
    1. Provides opportunities to support career progression to scholars from underrepresented backgrounds in the quantitative sciences;
    2. Expands our sources of knowledge on the environment.

Recent Accomplishments:
  • Hosted and organized keynote Race and Racism from a Global Perspective at ISEE Annual Meeting, September 21, 2022
  • Hosted and organized Structural Racism and Population Environmental Health: A Panel Discussion at ISEE Annual (virtual) Meeting, August 25, 2020
  • We recently organized online screenings of and expert-led discussion about the award-winning documentary series Race: The Power of an Illusion. These webinars were organized  in collaboration with the Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Sciences (IAPHS), and the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research (ISR). Recordings of the discussion can be found at the IAPHS website.

Devon Payne-Sturges (North America, 2020 – present)
Margaret Hicken (North America, 2020 – present)

Committee Members:
Anjum Hajat (North America, 2021 – present)
Admed Al-Delaimy (Eastern Mediterranean, 2023– present)
Debby Lin (North America, 2020 – present)
Matthew Gribble (North America, 2021 – present)
Michael H. Esposito (North America, 2021 – present)
Sharelle Barber (North America, 2021 – present)

Associate Committee Members:
Brenda Trejo Rosas (North America, 2023 – present)
Ikenna Eze (Europe, 2021 – present)
Jongeun Rhee (North America, 2023 – present)
Kaitlyn Lawrence (North America, 2023 – present)
Leah Schinasi (North America, 2023 – present)
Ruth Lunn (North America, 2023 – present)
Shiwen (Sherlock) Li (Asia & Western Pacific, 2023 – present)
Stephanie Grady (North America, 2022 – present)
Olufemi Aluko (Africa, 2021 – present)
Yanelli Nunez (North America, 2021 – present)

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