We live in scary times, but amid that fear and discomfort, there are also opportunities for societal change that have not existed for many years. The COVID-19 pandemic has led us to rethink how we gather and how we can care for one another, and recent social unrest has proven how unresolved some of our questions really are. What does a compassionate future look like?

On April 23, 2020, Sinai and Synapses Fellowship alumnus Gregory Simpson hosted a discussion about this with César ‘CJ’ Baldelomar and several other scholars. CJ wrote an article on this same topic prior to the talk. Both Gregory and CJ are co-founders and educational consultants with Learning for Life Solutions, an organization that seeks to share their extensive ethical and theological training to address disparities in education of black and brown student populations. They are also particularly focused on STEM education where diversity issues are a priority. This online discussion brought in scholars, students, clergy, academics, business and academic professionals, to share their unique perspectives on the impact of the coronavirus on our society today, and what kind of ethical society we wish to create moving forward.

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