Root Cause Collective
To mitigate, resist, and undo the deleterious community health effects of racism, gentrification, and market justice.
Who we are
A public health student organization at Hunter College chartered in the fall of 2014 to foster community for students interested in social justice and public health. We attempt to accomplish our mission through continuous interdisciplinary student and faculty dialogue, community engagement and partnership, and advocacy in addressing the structural and social determinants of health.
Recipient of the CUNY School of Public Health David Kotelchuck Award for demonstrating strong commitment to public service, June 2015
Facing Race: A National Conference, November 11-13, 2014, Dallas, TX: Root Cause received a grant from the ADCO Foundation for two group representatives to participate in this national convening of racial justice advocates organized by Race Forward.
Root Cause Conference on Social Justice: Black Lives Matter and Public Health, April 17, 2015, New York, NY: Over 100 public health students and leaders, including NYC Commissioner of Health Dr. Mary Bassett, came together for an evening of dialogue, conversation, and training on the intersections of police brutality and public health. Among our panelists and trainers were community organizers, healers, activists and professors of public health, social welfare, and criminal justice. (learn more: www.rootcausehunter.tumblr.com/rc15 )
Note: We operate in a horizontal leadership structure and value the skills and knowledge every member is willing to share.
President: Tasia Jelatis-Hoke
Vice President: Leonardo Dominguez
Treasurer: Shelby Boyle
Secretary: Angie Woody