Please keep reading for events and announcements related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Don’t forget to send me items to include in future newsletters: DEI Newsletter Submissions

Teaching Fellow Seminar Series

Each year the UNC North Carolina Teaching Fellows plan a seminar series surrounding a theme chosen the year before derived from our four pillars that ground the enrichment experiences within the UNC NC Teaching Fellows program. The four pillars include Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Equity and Diversity, Experiential Education, and Educator Leadership and guide the development of the UNC Teaching Fellows Community of Learners. The theme for the 2020-2021 academic year is Diversity in Schools: Cultural, Ethnic, and Racial. See below for the remaining lectures within the series.

If interested in attending, please RSVP by 5PM on the day of the event to Tammy Siler,

February 17th, 2020, 6:30-7:30PM ~ Dr. Dana Griffin, Associate Professor and Dean’s Fellow for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, UNC-Chapel Hill, School of Education ~ Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Pre-Service and In-service Educators

March 17th, 2020, 6:30-7:30PM ~ Dr. Cathy Kea, Professor of Special Education, North Carolina A&T University, College of Education ~Culturally Responsive Teaching

Rifles, Radio & Resistance: Robert F. Williams and the Black Freedom Movement – February 18th, 5pm – 6:30pm

Featuring Dr. Freddie Parker & Dr. Seth Kotch | Moderated by Christie Norris, Carolina K-12

***Registrants are encouraged to complete this reading: “Teaching About Self Defense in the African American Freedom Struggle,” prior to participation.***

While our history books usually include a watered-down version of the American Civil Rights Movement and its use of non-violent direct action, little attention is paid to the courageous resistance to white supremacy enacted by men such as North Carolina’s Robert F. Williams. The defiance of Mr. Williams and thousands of other activists, including the partnership of his wife Mabel, illustrates how black Southerners were prepared to defend themselves, their families, their homes, and their rights however necessary – including armed self-defense if and when necessary. In this session, we will examine the influences, philosophies, leadership, and action of Robert F. Williams, which as written by Dr. Tim Tyson, “illustrates that ‘the civil rights movement’ and ‘the Black Power movement’ emerged from the same soil, confronted the same predicaments, and reflected the same quest for African American freedom.”

All educators (K-12, community college, university) are welcome to attend, including community educators and individuals with interest in the topic. Material shared will be most relevant for educators of grade 8 and higher, however.


School of Education Black History Month Conversation Series: Remembering our Past, Focused on our Future – February 11th, 18th, 25th, 11am – noon.

Each Thursday in February, we will have a guest speaker discuss the role of schools of education in uplifting and elevating Black youth, families, and communities. Please plan to attend this series.

Feb. 18: Dr. William Jackson, CEO, Village of Wisdom
Registration Link:

Register here.
Direct meeting link.

Feb. 25: Dr. Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy, Professor and Dean, School of Education, American University

Registration link.
Direct meeting link.

School of Pharmacy Black History Month Events

Black Excellence: Enduring Desegregation at ESOP

Tuesday, February 23, 2021
5:00pm ET – 6:30pm ET
Register here.

This presentation will feature vignettes of the first Black graduates from the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and the role of segregation in their experiences.
Speakers: Dr. Gregory Bond, Christian Brown, Dr. Ben Urick

Defining Racial Justice in the 21st Century: Competing Perspectives and Shared Goals – Feb. 23rd, 5:30pm

For their upcoming Abbey Speaker Series online event, the UNC Program for Public Discourse and the Department of African, African American, and Diaspora Studies are bringing together a panel of Black academic, journalistic, religious, and political leaders, including NC State Senator Valerie Foushee, for a discussion on racial justice. The moderator is New York Times columnist and CBS News political analyst Jamelle Bouie. The event is online, and registration is free and open to all. Anyone interested in attending can register using this link:

Please note, if any faculty are interested in incorporating this event into their curriculum, we can pre-register your classes. All you need to do is send a list with your students’ UNC email, First Name, and Last Name to Jonathan Nichols at Screenshots are acceptable.

For more information, click here: Abbey Speaker Series.

Race, Racism, & Racial Equity (R3) Symposium: ARTivism – Feb. 24th, 3 – 4:30 pm

The third event in the R3 series, “ARTivism: Using Arts-based Scholarship to Interrogate and Dismantle Racism,” will be moderated by Dr. Travis Albritton, Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at the School of Social Work. The arts can help us better understand systems of oppression and their impacts, challenge white supremacy, foster dialogue around race and racism, and advance racial equity. This event will highlight work by UNC scholars and current and former graduate students to do just that through a variety of artistic genres, including performance, storytelling, music, painting, and photography. We are also honored to include a spoken word performance by Chapel Hill’s inaugural Poet Laureate, CJ Suitt. To register: Click here

ALANAM Women’s Institute Women’s Conference – Within: Reclaiming Your Voice – Saturday, March 6, 9am – 4pm

ALANAM stands for African American/Black, Latino/Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander, Native American, Alaskan Native and Multiracial identities. The conference is meant to uplift, encourage, and empower ALANAM women by bringing together faculty, staff, and students from Elon and other institutions for dialogue and fellowship. 

They are looking for faculty, staff, and informed students to serve as educational session presenters. More registration information will be coming soon. Follow them on Instagram @alanam_womensinstitute for more updates!

working to extend anti-racist education (weare) workshop – March 31st and April 7th

School of ed alum Dr. Ronda Taylor Bullock will conduct two antiracist education workshops for all students, faculty and staff in the SoE.  weare is a non-profit organization that provides anti-racism training for children, families, and educators. I strongly encourage you to attend these workshops.

DEI Resources

GlobalMindED 2020 – This GlobalMindED YouTube channel has over 90 DEI webinars primarily led by leaders of color with panelists from a variety of backgrounds. 

DEI Book Club

Our next meeting will be Friday, February 19th, 12pm – 2pm.

We will be reading  James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time.

Contact Dana Riger at if you want to attend and are not on the email list.

Hope to see you there.

DEI Chats

Our DEI chats will resume. The next one is Friday, February 26th at 3pm.

Individual Meetings: If you would like to meet with me individually, please book an appointment.

Giving thanks!

I want to take time to say thank you to all of you who support me in doing this DEI work. Thank you for taking the time to read the newsletter, attend and participate in events, and for following through on DEI initiatives. I have witnessed you speaking up and speaking out on issues related to DEI and while we still have much more work to do, I want to take time to say I see you, I appreciate you, and thank you for helping to make Peabody a more accepting and inclusive space for all. See you all Friday at the book club meeting!! ☺