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Health Equity Grand Rounds - Laina Bay-Cheng

Minority Health Disparities Initiative

1:00 pm–2:30 pm
Minority Health Disparities Initiative , (402) 472-5975,
Join us at our October Health Equity Grand Rounds webinar on “Capable of Risk: Sexual Vulnerability and Dignity in the Sexual Lives of Marginalized Youth,” presented by Laina Bay-Cheng! The presentation will explore how concerns about youth sexual health are well-founded, but often misdirected.

To be understood and reduced, adverse sexual outcomes must be understood as manifestations of interlocked forms of injustice. Racism, sexism, cishetsexism, adultism, and/or economic precarity combine: 1) to expose marginalized youth to disproportionate and avoidable danger; 2) to compel them toward sexual behaviors and relationships regardless of safety or wantedness; and 3) to deprive them of resources to reduce or remedy adverse consequences.

Moreover, social injustice not only puts marginalized youth at risk, it also keeps them from risk, curbing their basic rights and capabilities. Using Nussbaum’s Capabilities Approach as a framework, Dr. Bay-Cheng will demonstrate that youth sexual vulnerability can be stemmed - and youth sexual dignity upheld - through practical steps toward social justice.

Laina Bay-Cheng, PhD, joined York University as its first Associate Vice-President, Faculty Affairs in August 2022. Prior to that, she was on faculty at the University at Buffalo School of Social Work for 17 years, serving as PhD Program Director and then Associate Dean for Faculty Development. Her research concentrates on the impact of interlocked social injustices - namely misogyny, racism, economic injustice, and age-based oppression - on young people’s sexual lives.

This event is free and open to the public. We hope to see you there!


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