Thursday, February 25, 2016
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, School of Cinematic Arts 108
University Park Campus
Reception to follow.
Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP beginning Monday, February 1, at 9 a.m.
“The honesty in this film is stunning . . . and it lingers. Not statistics, but stories. Not policy, but people. Beautiful, honest people.”
—Bill Parent, UCLA School of Public Affairs and Center for Civil Society
Even Me is an award-winning documentary that highlights the rise of HIV/AIDS among older adults in communities of color. HIV-positive people of color in Los Angeles share their brutally honest stories of living and aging with the disease. Even Me dispels the myths that HIV/AIDS is a gay or young person’s disease, highlighting the fact that age is no vaccine and exploring the truth of how HIV/AIDS is affecting elders of color in our communities.
Even Me was made by Megan Ebor, who worked in the field of aging as a senior advocate, care manager, and long-term-care ombudsman for nearly 15 years.
About the Participants:
Megan Ebor (filmmaker) is a social-justice advocate and award-winning documentary filmmaker who works on issues related to older adults, ethnic minorities, women, and health disparities among underserved communities. Ebor earned a BA in sociology with a minor in gerontology, graduating magna cum laude from UCLA in 2004. Eager to get involved in working hands-on with the senior population, she became a state-certified long-term-care ombudsman in California, serving older adults throughout Ventura County. After several years serving in this capacity, she became a care manager serving older adults throughout Los Angeles County. Ebor has since earned her master’s degree in social welfare from UCLA. She is a W.K. Kellogg Social Justice Fellow and served as co-chair of the gerontology caucus at UCLA during the 2011–12 academic term. She has been at the forefront of cutting-edge social-work innovation in outreach and education. In 2012, Ebor founded the Even Me Outreach Campaign, a three-tiered educational and awareness campaign targeting underserved communities, emerging clinicians, and social-service and healthcare professionals.
Joyce (cast member) was diagnosed with HIV at the age of 54. She has two children, six grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. She is proud to be a supporter and mentor to other newly diagnosed women with HIV. Joyce attends support-group meetings and volunteers weekly at a local food bank. Despite living with HIV for more than seventeen years, along with other chronic illnesses, Joyce has managed to maintain her sense of humor. She lends her voice to HIV education and prevention and has served as a panelist in the Even Me Outreach Campaign since 2012.
Lloyd (cast member) is a proud father of two daughters and five grandchildren. He is a twenty-year survivor of HIV. After struggling for many years to face his diagnosis, Lloyd now prides himself on living responsibly with HIV. He enjoys educating older adults on health and fitness, volunteering at the local food bank, and participating in HIV advocacy work throughout Los Angeles.
Wanda (cast member) has one daughter and one granddaughter. She began her new life’s journey as she faced an HIV diagnosis in 1996. After years of receiving support and HIV education from doctors and mentors, Wanda surpassed the role of a consumer and has embraced her calling as a community advocate, outreach worker, and peer-group counselor for women infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. She has worked closely on the Even Me Outreach Campaign since 2012, engaging and educating audiences about HIV prevention across the United States.
Carrie Broadus (activist/community organizer) has served as the executive director of Women Alive since 2002. Women Alive has been recognized for over two decades as a trailblazer in women’s health and advocacy, and is considered one of the nation’s leading authorities and advocates on issues facing women living with and vulnerable to HIV/AIDS. Broadus’s professional, advocacy, and grassroots experience in the areas of HIV, healthcare access, women’s health, substance abuse, harm reduction, and homelessness spans more than 30 years. In 2009, she completed the Johnson & Johnson Health Care Executive Program at the UCLA John E. Anderson Graduate School of Management. Broadus’s expertise encompasses her dedication to improving the health and well-being of women of color, particularly those affected by HIV/AIDS.
Organized by Karen D. Lincoln (Social Work).
Co-sponsored by the USC Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging, USC Hartford Center of Excellence in Geriatric Social Work, Advocates for African American Elders, and USC School of Cinematic Arts.