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The Carolina Consortium on Human Development’s Series on Culture & Developmental Science: Considering Context, Culture, and Intersectional Approaches! – Monday, Feb. 1st, 2-3:15pm.
Dr. Sam Putnam of Bowdoin College will present his research on Parent-Reported Temperament: Structure, Stability and Cultural Correlates. Sam Putnam (B.S. University of Iowa; Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University) is professor and chair of Psychology at Bowdoin College. His research interests include the measurement, structure, and origins of child temperament; and how temperament interacts with factors such as culture and parenting to influence adjustment. Join via zoom (https://fpgcdi.zoom.us/j/91078842280).
Carolina Seminars presents: Dual Impacts of COVID-19 and Racism and Inequity on Child Development: Interdisciplinary Conversations and Development of a Research-Policy Agenda. Friday, February 5th, 1-2:30 PM
Ariel Ford and Linda Chappel will discuss the implications of COVID-19 from a policy perspective with a focus on early childcare and education. You can register for the webinar here and on the website.
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
Frey Foundation Distinguished Visiting Professor Lecture – Feb. 9th, 5:30pm
Henry Louis Gates Jr. will be in conversation with Karla Slocum, director of UNC’s Institute of African American Research on “The Legacy of Reconstruction and the Rise of Jim Crow.” Register Here
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.
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)
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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: https://go.unc.edu/RacialJustice21st
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 email@example.com. Screenshots are acceptable.
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
DEI Book Club
Our next meeting will be Friday, February 19th, 12pm – 2pm.
When I was in middle and high school, I hated Black History Month. Growing up in the rural south where confederate flags were (and still are) the norm, and my white schoolmates drove to school in pickup trucks with shotguns hanging on the back of the windows, and where I was the lone Black kid in my classes, I often felt that the teachers spoke of my Black history through a deficit lens, as if we were the blame for our own enslaved past; and per the norm, I was taught Abraham Lincoln ended all slavery and made us all equal. I was woefully ignorant of my history until college, when I took a class entitled “African American History.” It was there that I began to unpack the lies that were told to me and build an understanding of my history based on the foundation of truth. (It was also there that I learned that one of my favorite childhood shows, “The Dukes of Hazzard” should not have been my favorite childhood show. I now cringe as I think about singing the lyrics to the theme song, which began, “Just two good ol’ boys” and how I loved these two good ol’ boys who drove around in a car painted like the confederate flag and nicknamed the General Lee). This is why I am on board with the proposal for the new NC Social Studies standards which seeks to teach true history, and I sit here in awe at the level of white rage that has erupted over this proposal (click here to read a little more about this debate: https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article248777855.html).
So, as we begin Black History Month, I am reminded of how much work needs to be done regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion. As the debate wages regarding the curriculum of what should be taught in Social Studies classes across the state, we in the school of education need to engage in critical conversations around our own curriculum deficits related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We need to be instrumental in teaching ALL of our students how issues related to DEI show up in education, in both research and teaching. Whether a student is working towards a PhD in Learning Sciences or in Culture, Curriculum, and Teacher Education, they need to be aware of such issues as racism, sexism, ableism, classism, homophobia, and xenophobia, and all students need to know how to be antiracist and engage in antiracist practices in research and teaching. Toward this end and in honor of Black History Month, I share a passage from Bettina Love’s “We Want to Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom” regarding curriculum:
Pedagogies must call out and teach students how racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, Islamophobia, and inequality are structural, not people behaving poorly. They must criticize the systems that perpetuated injustice, such as the educational survival complex, while pushing for equitable communities, schools, and classrooms. Antiracist education also works to undo these systems while working to create new ones built upon the collective vision and knowledge of dark folx. For educators, this work starts in the classroom, school, and school community.
As discussions around changes in curriculum can also raise resistance, I also share a passage from Marc Lamont Hill’s “We Still Here: Pandemic, Policing, Protest, & Possibility” regarding solidarity and antiracism:
A core piece of solidarity is going to communities of color and asking what they need. Very often, White allies offer what they think people want, what they themselves would want, or what they think is best. Without input from the communities you are trying to support, this is paternalistic. Instead of saying “Here’s what I’m going to do,” White allies should ask, “What do you need?” “How can I support you?” This shift in approach is critical.
True ally-ship requires people to be self-critical and introspective. Do not presume that because you believe that White supremacy is bad, and that you are not holding on to White supremacist logic and practices in your own lived experience, your work is done. You also have to be willing to engage in deep self-examination at all times. You need to be committed to keeping track of all of your various biases and phobias. You must make sure that you are unlearning Whiteness every day. You also have to be willing to accept critique.
I want to end with saying that I know we are engaging in difficult conversations across our many different spaces. Please remember to remain respectful toward each other and yes, treat each other with kindness, as we engage in these conversations.