In this talk, Dr. Deroze will discuss health equity, chronic illness, and disability, particularly among Black women. She will also share a flash memoir about living with diabetes during COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter protests.
Dr. Phyllisa Deroze is an Assistant Professor of English at Southern University A&M College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Along with her experience teaching at two historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and as a Fulbright Scholar and Professor at United Arab Emirates University, she is a global diabetes patient advocate, who has offered lectures, addresses, and support groups throughout the Middle Eastern and North African region, Europe, Southeast Asia, and the United States. She has published extensively on the intersectionality of health, black women, and literature. Dr. Deroze is also the founder and writer of DiagnosednotDefeated.com and Black Diabetic Info.