Welcome back!

There are a lot of events happening, so please keep reading and mark your calendars to attend!

DEI Book Club Meeting – Thursday, January 14th, noon

The DEI Book Club will be discussing “White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of our Racial Divide.” Send an email to Dana Riger at driger@unc.edu to receive the Zoom invite.

Centennial Speaker Series – An Evening with Eddie S. Glaude Jr. – Wednesday, January 20th, 6pm

Eddie S. Glaude Jr., is the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University. This event is free, but advance registration is required. Registrants will receive details to access this event via Zoom. Click here to register.

What Does Culturally Responsive Curriculum Mean to Our Students Webinar– Thursday, January 21st, 3pm

Recognizing that culturally-responsive curriculum is an important aspect of ensuring equity and meeting the needs of all of our students, this session focuses on the student perspective on what is and is not included in their curriculum and learning opportunities. Following the recent discussions about and deep work on the social studies standards at the State Board of Education, an NC high school student recommended that we provide space for students to share and discuss with educators and stakeholders what they experience and what they recommend overall about curriculum.
Click here to register: Culturally Responsive Curriculum

Speaking of culturally-responsive curriculum, please listen to NPR’s discuss August Wilson’s play “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” and then head on over to Netflix to view the movie, which has garnered rave reviews for actors Viola Davis, Colman Domingo:, Glynn Turman, and our dearly departed Chadwick Boseman in his last film. The director says of the play, “Levee (played by Boseman) is this bright, promising future, but is the pain and the scars and the sins of the past going to keep Levee from realizing all the bright promising future that he has before him,” Wolfe says. “And that’s America. Is America ever going to deliver on its possibility when it is forever haunted by its un-owned sins of the past?”

UNC’s MLK Week of Celebration

MLK BANQUET: Sunday, January 17th, 6pm

Register now for the annual MLK, Jr. Memorial Virtual Banquet with keynote NC Superior Court Judge Carl Fox and special guests, including Governor Roy Cooper! Click here to register: mlkpc-ch.org

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. Click here to register: go.unc.edu/mlk

School of Education Black History Month Conversation Series: Remembering our Past, Focused on our Future – Thursdays in February

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.

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, tsiler1@email.unc.edu

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

Teaching resource: One of the things we need to do as professors is be sure that we correctly pronounce our students’ names. The Sakai 20 Updates that were released on 12/3/2020 have a new feature that allows all Sakai users to record their name and then these can be accessed in the roster by the instructor. More information about this new feature can be found here: https://edtech.unc.edu/2020/12/01/sakai-20-add-your-name-pronunciation

Opinion Piece: 2020 Taught Us How to Fix This – Our Current Model of Social Change isn’t Working

DEI Chats – on hold until a better time can be found.

Individual Meetings: If you would like to meet with me individually, please click here to book an appointment: https://outlook.office365.com/owa/calendar/DiversityEquityandInclusion1@admin.live.unc.edu/bookings/

“It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.”

James Baldwin

The domestic terrorism we witnessed last week is still on my mind. The reports coming from this event are surprising to some of you –to realize that members of Capitol police were in on this from the beginning – to find that members of hate groups are embedded in every system in our country – educational, legal, justice, housing, banking, entertainment. But to those of us who experience racism every single day, not only in our workplace, but in our communities and in our everyday experiences, we were not surprised. It is our America, the one we were born into, and the one we were raised in. But it is not the America we want for our future. If we are to Propel the World, then we all need to critically reflect on how our work, our research, our teaching, our service, play a role in either uplifting or dismantling the system that continues to uphold white supremacy.
And then you have a decision to make – are you going to continue being a part of the problem or part of the solution?