Illinois State University is hosting a virtual town hall at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 13 to help the campus community learn more about the safety and science behind the COVID-19 vaccine. Get the facts and have your questions answered by a panel of medical and higher education experts.

The panel will be moderated by Angell Howard, associate director of professional development and staff recognition in the Division of Student Affairs, and will feature the following panelists:


• Danielle Beasley, MSW, licensed clinical social worker, associate director for Diversity, Equity, and Outreach, Student Counseling Services

• Desha Cobb, M.S., APRN, FNP-BC, instructional assistant professor, Mennonite College of Nursing

• Pam Cooper, director, Career Services

• Katie Eichinger, M.D., medical director, Student Health Services

• Elaine Hardy, Ph.D., RN, clinical assistant professor, University of Illinois at Chicago

• Dakesa Piña, Ph.D, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion officer, College of Education

Jackie Lanier, associate professor in health sciences, shares that it is important to “provide an opportunity to educate the ISU community on the COVID-19 vaccine and answer their questions from trusted health and community members. We understand there may be some hesitancy or concerns and want to address those for our students. In particular, addressing hesitancy in students of color is important. Historical inequities in healthcare has harmed these populations and created a greater lack of trust in government and the healthcare system, which may lead to more reluctance to get the vaccine.”

The panel will acknowledge these concerns and provide key facts related to the COVID-19 vaccine. Specific topics include vaccine safety and what to expect when getting the vaccine.

The town hall is open to all students, faculty, and staff, and is in partnership with Mennonite College of Nursing, Department of Health Sciences, Emergency Management, and the Division of Student Affairs.

Visit RedbirdLife.IllinoisState.edu for more information and the link to join.