Please keep reading for events and announcements related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.  Do not forget to send me items to include in future newsletters.

MLK LECTURE: Tuesday, January 26th, 6pm

Hear from keynote speaker Patrisse Cullors (Co-Founder/Executive Director of #blacklivesmatter) at this year’s MLK Lecture and Awards Ceremony! MLK UNC Scholarships and Unsung Heroes Awards will also be presented.
Register here.

“Saving the House We Built: African Americans, Democracy, and the Attack on the U.S. Capitol” – Friday, January 29th, 4-6pm

This event will feature presentations by UNC-Chapel Hill faculty members, Dr. Tressie McMillan Cottom, Prof. Erika Wilson, Dr. William Sturkey, and Dr. Sharon Holland. Co-moderated by Dr. Ronald Williams and Dr. Kia Caldwell. Sponsored by the Department of African, African American, and Diaspora Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Register here.

School of Education Black History Month Conversation Series: Remembering our Past, Focused on our Future – February 4th, 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. 4: Dr. S. Kent Butler, Professor, University of Central Florida; President-Elect, American
Counseling Association

Register here.
Direct meeting link.

Feb. 11: Dr. Paul Harris, Associate Professor, University of Virginia

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Direct meeting link.

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

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Direct meeting link.

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

Registration link.
Direct meeting link.

Honors Carolina Structures of Inequality Lecture Series

In the fall, Honors Carolina kicked off an ongoing examination of Systems of Inequality with a series of programs on structural racism. This semester, we will turn our attention to related questions of bias and discrimination. Topics will range from equity in the media to the rural-urban divide, college access, and mental health.

Register here.

Moving Forward on Equity and the Media

Paul Cuadros, Asst Professor, Hussman School of Journalism and Media
Thursday, January 28
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Hour of Action
Friday, Feburary 5
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Moving Forward on Rural Urban Divide and Access to Health Care

Meredith Bazemore, Director for Rural Recruitment and Initiatives
Thursday, February 11
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Hour of Action
Wednesday, February 17
12:00PM – 1:00PM

School of Pharmacy Black History Month Events

Black Excellence: The History of the Black ESOP Student

Monday, February 1st, 2021
12:00pm ET – 1:00pm ET
Register here.

This panel will feature Black alumni from different generations: the Bachelor’s in Pharmacy, the Legacy curriculum, a recent graduate, and even one of our earliest Black graduates. Learn about their experiences and how they utilized their education to elevate themselves within healthcare.
Panelists: Mr. William Wicker (C/O 1967), Dr. Eula Beasley (C/O 1983), Dr. Kevin Wiltz II (C/O 2004), Dr. Daijha Anderson (C/O 2018)

Black Excellence in Pharmacy Keynote Address | Dr. John E. Clark

Tuesday, February 16, 2021
12:00pm ET – 1:00pm ET
Register here.

As a professor, clinical pharmacist, published author, and distinguished speaker, Dr. Clark will share a historical review of the contributions of African American women in pharmacy and an early analysis of the way early African American pharmacy schools impacted health disparities.

Black Excellence: Enduring Desegregation at ESOP

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

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

DEI Resources

Opinion Piece: The Plague of Performative Anti-Racism in Education

DEI Chats

On hold through Friday, Feb. 12th.

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

National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman

The quote in the subject line is from Amanda Gorman’s “The Hill We Climb.” That line really hit home for me, especially as I think about the steps we need to take to repair our broken educational system; steps that are difficult and seem almost impossible to take in the face of strong resistance. But Brit Williams, PhD tweeted “There’s an Amanda Gorman at every HS you call underperforming, inner city, and/or the G word.” I add to this that the Amanda Gormans of the world speak to the clear need for schools of education to take the necessary steps to prepare school stakeholders to be antiracists and address the systemic barriers that continue to oppress and keep BIPOC students from obtaining their full potential.

If you did not get a chance to watch Amanda Gorman at the inauguration, please watch and listen: Amanda Gorman “The Hill We Climb.” You can also support her by purchasing her work – what a great curriculum resource!

Also, if you still do not understand antiracism, what it is, and what it means for you, a good starting place may be Ibram X. Kendi’s “How to be an Antiracist.”