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Webinar: Thriving in Isolation: Health and Human Connection

This webinar was recorded on October 23, 2020

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The pandemic has created a "new normal" of remote living, with many of us forced to shift from in-person interactions to online and virtual experiences. This change has provoked heightened feelings of loneliness, disengagement, and social isolation - challenges that disproportionately affect vulnerable and marginalized communities. As we navigate through this transition, we can still create equitable and inclusive spaces, both at work and at home, through thoughtfulness and intentional action.

Sponsored by the Cornell Institute for Healthy Futures in collaboration with the K. Lisa Yang and Hock E. Tan Institute on Employment and Disability, this session will highlight academic research and industry practices to deepen the understanding of diverse employee needs and strategies for boosting our capacities to thrive in isolation.

Join this live interactive panel event on utilizing health, hospitality, and design to reframe human connection, share our humanity, and promote inclusion.


  • How to thoughtfully address loneliness and social isolation in the era of COVID-19
  • Why social health matters and what you can do to cultivate change
  • How the design of our spaces can foster social interaction, diversity, civic pride, and even political involvement
  • What current empirical research can teach us about isolation, loneliness, and effective coping methods


  • Heather Kolakowski, lecturer, School of Hotel Administration; associate director, Cornell Institute for Healthy Futures
  • Kristina Workman, assistant professor, School of Hotel Administration
  • LaWanda H. Cook, extension associate, Yang-Tan Institute on Employment and Disability
  • Anthony Ong, professor, College of Human Ecology
  • Erin Peavey, vice president, HKS Architects
  • Matt Saleh, research associate, Yang-Tan Institute on Employment and Disability

Webinar: Thriving in Isolation: Health and Human Connection is organized by

Erica Heim
Senior Program Manager
Phone: +1 607 255 6574
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