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Don Sawyer’s Harlem upbringing is shaping his role as VP for equity and inclusion — a role he never envisioned for himself. Watch related episodes of “The Cut.”

Also in this issue: President Olian’s conversations with industry leaders, COVID-19 vaccine research, working as a trainer in the NFL, and the Q-5’s 50th anniversary.

Don Sawyer
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Conversations at the crossroads

The corner of 132nd Street and Madison Avenue in East Harlem will always be a crossroads for Don Sawyer. There’s no special street sign or bronze plaque embedded in the sidewalk, but that doesn’t change anything.

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Kristin Tompkins ’00 works in a lab.

Research scientist worked on Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine

After earning her BS in clinical lab science, Kristin (Kourie) Tompkins ’00 donned a lab coat at Pfizer and went right to work as an assistant researcher. Twenty years later, she is a senior research scientist and part of the team that worked on the COVID-19 vaccine in Pfizer’s research and development group at its Pearl River, New York, facility.

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Headshot of  Khalilah Brown-Dean

Professor’s radio show explores equity and race

Khalilah Brown-Dean has been a coveted radio guest for years. So when Connecticut Public Radio asked her to host a new show about social disruption in America, Brown-Dean saw a chance to effect change from a bully pulpit. Or at least, a bully microphone.

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Patient talks to doctor through phone in illustration

Course prepares health care professionals for telehealth’s evolution

The fictional Marcus Welby, MD, made house calls to patients too sick to see him in the office in the popular ’60s TV show by the same name. House calls are making a comeback — owing to the intersection of COVID-19 and technology — but patients are clicking video links rather than answering doorbells to see their doctors and other health care providers.

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Students watch the State of the QUnion in the Piazza

Olian praises students for keeping community healthy, safe — and looks forward toward years of growth

President Judy Olian thanked students for their diligence and efforts in helping to fight COVID-19 at the annual State of the QUnion on March 2 — and reassured them that their efforts are making a tangible, positive difference.

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Shot of Tom Ellett talking to students on the quad

First CXO may just be a student's new best friend

When Tom Ellett heard that Quinnipiac was looking for a chief student experience officer, he was intrigued. It was the first advertised job of its kind he’d seen, and he could visualize himself in that role. Enhancing the college experience for students is what he’s done for more than 35 years at four different universities.

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