The Impact of the Pandemic on the Economically Vulnerable

Panel discusses the historical roots of disparities laid bare by COVID-19 and the need for change.

Clockwise, starting top-left: Khalilah Brown-Dean, Erik Clemons, Arunan Arulampalam and Will Ginsberg.

The health crisis and financial pain inflicted by COVID-19 has many urgently wishing that everything could go back to normal. But normal was not working for large groups of people who were already economically vulnerable long before the pandemic.

How disparities caused by generations of racial exclusion have been made worse by COVID-19 and the political energy for change were the focus of a recent panel discussion hosted by Quinnipiac University: “The Impact of the Pandemic on the Economically Vulnerable.”

The Community Foundation Board Chair and Quinnipiac University Associate Professor of Political Science Professor Khalilah Brown-Dean led the panel that included The Community Foundation President and CEO Will Ginsberg, Erik Clemons, CEO of ConnCAT, and Arunan Arulampalam, Deputy Commissioner of State of Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection.