Guardians of our spaces

School of Public Health alumna turns personal experiences and education into advocacy and action for UW custodians 

Joyce E. Tapley creates culture of community health

Growing up, the young Joyce (Evans) Tapley heard stories of family members and friends dying from diseases that were preventable. Her paternal grandparents died of tuberculosis when her father was a child. She witnessed her family, who is Black, routinely not receive the same level of treatment for illnesses that their white counterparts did when sharing similar symptoms to doctors.