The 2022 UNITE Research Showcase

2022 UNITE Research Showcase

2022 UNITE Research Showcase


On Wednesday, May 4, 2022, UNITE hosted the 2022 UNITE Research Showcase - centered around elevating and promoting the importance of racial equity research at the University of Kentucky, across the Commonwealth, and beyond. This event, which was held in the Gatton Student Center, was open to UK faculty, staff, and students – in addition to UK affiliates and academic partners. Aspects of the event included keynote addresses from national leaders in their fields, breakout sessions presented by local researchers, and a poster session designed to highlight the impactful work of our faculty and students. 


Irma Sarett Rosenstein Lecture

Marc Lamont Hill, PhD

Professor, Temple University
Host, BET News, Al-Jazeera UpFront, and Coffee & Books podcast

Dr. Marc Lamont Hill is one of the leading intellectual voices in the country. He is currently the host of BET News, Al-Jazeera UpFront, and Coffee & Books podcast. An award-winning journalist, Dr. Hill has received numerous prestigious awards from the National Association of Black Journalists, GLAAD, and the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. Dr. Hill is the Steve Charles Professor of Media, Cities, and Solutions at Temple University. Prior to that, he held positions at Columbia University and Morehouse College.

Trained as an anthropologist of education, Dr. Hill holds a Ph.D. (with distinction) from the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on the intersections between culture, politics, and education in the United States and the Middle East. Dr. Hill is the author or co-author of four books: the award-winning Beats, Rhymes, and Classroom Life: Hip-Hop Pedagogy and the Politics of Identity; The Classroom and the Cell: Conversations on Black life in America; the New York Times bestseller Nobody: Casualties of Americas War on The Vulnerable from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond; and Gentrifier.

Sponsored by: University of Kentucky College of Social Work

Lunch Keynote Address

Dayna Bowen Matthew, JD, PhD

Dean, George Washington University Law School
Author, "Just Health: Treating Structural Racism To Heal America"

Dayna Bowen Matthew, JD, PhD, is the Dean and Harold H. Greene Professor of Law at the George Washington University Law School. Dean Matthew is a leader in public health and civil rights law who focuses on racial disparities in health care. She joined the UVA Law faculty in 2017 and is the author of Just Medicine: A Cure for Racial Inequality in American Health Care.

Dean Matthew graduated with an AB in economics from Harvard-Radcliffe and obtained a JD from the University of Virginia. Following graduation, she clerked for Justice John Charles Thomas, the first African American justice to sit on the Virginia Supreme Court. In 2018, she received a PhD in health and behavioral sciences from the University of Colorado at Denver. Dean Matthew has written articles on health and antitrust law that appeared in the Virginia Law Review, Georgetown Journal of Law, and American Journal of Law and Medicine.

Sponsored by: University of Kentucky College of Medicine, University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy, and the Commonwealth Institute for Black Studies




8:00 – 8:45 Registration and Breakfast – BALLROOM AB

8:45 – 9:00 Welcome Address & Irma Sarett Rosenstein Introduction – BALLROOM AB

  • Eli Capilouto, DMD, ScD - University President
  • Justin Miller, PhD, MSW, CSW - College of Social Work Dean

9:00 – 9:45 Irma Sarett Rosenstein Lecture – BALLROOM AB

  • Marc Lamont Hill, PhD

10:00 – 11:15 Breakout Sessions

Advancing Health Equity with Evidence-Based Research SENATE CHAMBER
Moderator: Nancy Schoenberg, PhD

Communication Strategies to Encourage Healthy Behaviors and Advance Health Equity for Black Populations
Diane Francis, PhD

Sleep Is Not A Luxury: Leveraging Sleep As A Tool For Health Justice
Lauren Whitehurst, PhD

Exploring Patient-Provider Communication Among Black Women Experiencing Sexual Pain
Shemeka Thorpe, PhD

Structural Racism and Its Impact on Wealth Acquisition ROOM 330AB
Moderator: Melynda Price, JD, PhD

Environmental Justice: Causes and Consequences of Inequitable Pollution Exposure
Lala Ma, PhD

Subcontracting Requirements and the Cost of Government Procurement

Ben Rosa, PhD

Remote Justice in the Bankruptcy Courts
Christopher Bradley, JD, PhD

11:15 – 11:30 Coffee Break/Snack – ROOM 330E


11:30 – 12:45 Breakout Sessions

Sustainable Social Justice Advocacy ROOM 330AB
Moderator: Anastasia Curwood, PhD

LGBTQ+ Mental Health & Well-Being: The Intersections of Identity and Outcomes
Keith Watts, PhD

Community Work is Soul Work: Navigating Community-Engaged Participatory Research through a Social Justice Lens
Thais Council, PhD

Model Minority, Inconvenient Minority, Loneliest Minority, or Perpetual Foreigners?  "Asian Americans" as a category during the COVID pandemic
Keiko Tanaka, PhD


Achieving Equitable Education: Holistic Approaches to Academic Success SENATE CHAMBER
Moderator: Kenneth Tyler, PhD

“Building Evidence to Advance Meaningful Integration in New York City”
Zitsi Mirakhur, PhD

Contributions of Professional Associations to Advancing Social Justice and Anti-racism
Isaac Woods, PhD

Adverse Childhood Experience and Undergraduate Student Success: A longitudinal investigation into the relationship between childhood stress and success in higher education
Sarah Cprek, PhD


12:45 – 2:00 Raffle and Lunch Keynote Address – BALLROOM AB

  • Keynote Address: Dana Bowen Matthew, JD, PhD

2:00 – 3:00 Poster Session BALLROOM C
3:15 – 3:45 UNITE Business Meeting BALLROOM AB
3:45 - 4:00 Closing & Poster Session Awards BALLROOM AB


The 2022 UNITE Research Showcase is sponsored by: 
College of Social Work
College of Medicine
College of Pharmacy    
College of Public Health
College of Engineering
Center for Equality and Social Justice  
College of Arts and Sciences   
Markey Cancer Center
College of Communication and Information  
Gatton College of Business and Economics
College of Law  
College of Nursing  
Commonwealth Institute for Black Studies
Center for Health Equity Transformation


Directions to the Bill Gatton Student Center From I-75 North: (Traveling from Southeastern Kentucky)

Take Exit 104 (marked Athens/Lexington). Turn left off the ramp onto Athens-Boonesboro Road and follow for 8.2 miles to downtown. Turn left onto Rose Street. Turn right at the 4th traffic light onto Avenue of Champions/Euclid Avenue. Turn left into the Gatton Student Center parking lot.

From I-75 South/I-64 East or West: (Traveling from Northern Kentucky, Louisville, or Eastern Kentucky)

Take Exit 113 (marked Paris/Lexington). Turn right off the exit ramp onto North Broadway (US 68). Follow through downtown for 3.5 miles. One block past Hyatt Regency Lexington, turn left onto West Maxwell Street. At the fourth light, turn right onto Martin Luther King Boulevard.  At the end of the street, turn left onto Avenue of Champions/Euclid Avenue.  Turn right into Gatton Student Center parking lot.

From Bluegrass Parkway: (Traveling from Elizabethtown or Western Kentucky)

Turn right off the exit onto Route 60 (Versailles Rd.). Follow until it becomes a one-way street, West Maxwell Street. At the 5th traffic light, turn right onto Martin Luther King Boulevard.  At the end of the street, turn left onto Avenue of Champions/Euclid Avenue.  Turn right into Gatton Student Center parking lot.

A link to a map of the region can be found here using Google Maps.


Questions or comments:

Leah N. Holton
(859) 257-6690