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Instructors Teaching Undergraduate Courses in 2021-22

The IAAR invites faculty teaching undergraduate courses to apply to have their courses included in IAAR-SLATE’s shared learning component in which courses designated as part of IAAR-SLATE will include activities in common that reflect the program’s topical focus. Review of applications will begin the week of April 19, 2021 and continue until the available spaces have been filled. Questions may be addressed to Anna Agbe-Davies, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Anthropology, and Faculty Director of Teaching for IAAR-SLATE at

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FOR AGES 21-26 – Avodah Jewish Service Corps

Applications are now open for the Avodah Jewish Service Corps, a year long program for individuals ages 21-26 to build a lifetime of leadership skills, an active Jewish community, a powerful professional network, and a more just America.
Spend a year serving for justice at a leading anti-poverty organization while living and learning at the crossroads of activism and Jewish life. As a member of the Jewish Services Corps, you will:

  • Build real-world expertise with critical, hands-on work experience. You’ll be placed with one of Avodah’s partner organizations in Chicago, New Orleans, New York, Washington, DC, or our newest city, San Diego. Through on-the-ground direct service work, you’ll contribute meaningfully to our partners’ work on crucial justice issues such as immigration, food insecurity, education, healthcare, criminal justice, and much more.
  • Develop activist chops and Jewish social justice insights. Avodah’s trusted, innovative curriculum examines the causes and effects of domestic poverty, develops practical skills, and looks at justice work through a Jewish lens. Programming will deepen, contextualize, and nourish your day-to-day work while preparing you to stay in social and economic justice movements for the long haul.
  • Live and learn in the dynamic Avodah community. Home-cooked meals, late night conversations, and holiday celebrations make living communally in the bayit (house) memorable and meaningful. We have also introduced our first Jews of Color Bayit in NYC – learn more at
  • Access activism, professional development, and Jewish opportunities for life. Over 1,200 social justice leaders across the country serve as active, engaged members of our alumni community. They’ll help you with everything from apartment hunts to job references to holiday meals invites.

In addition to a year of professional and personal growth, Corps Members receive a monthly living stipend, health insurance, a travel allowance, and subsidized housing. The program will run August 2021- August 2022.
Avodah is committed to building a Service Corps that inclusively represents our diverse community. Sephardi Jews, Mizrahi Jews, Jews of Color, people of color, women, people with disabilities, immigrants, LGBT2QIA people, and people who come from poor or working class backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply!
Are you the next Jewish Corps Member? Visit our website at, email to learn more, or nominate a friend. We are currently accepting applications on a rolling basis until all spots are filled – apply ASAP!

STUDENTS: John M. Belk Impact Fellowship – Accepting Applications

We are now accepting students’ applications for our second cohort of future North Carolina Educational Justice Leaders. The John M. Belk Impact Fellowship was built on the belief that talent is universal, but opportunity is not. The John M. Belk Endowment and The Hunt Institute have teamed up with several nonprofit organizations to give current college students an opportunity to learn about the inner workings of organizations playing critical roles across North Carolina’s education landscape. Click here for the Fellowship webpage which includes the online application: John M. Belk Impact Fellowship · The Hunt Institute (

STUDENTS: Freedom School Summer Internship -Servant Leader Intern (SLI)

Servant Leader Intern Position Description
The Servant Leader Intern (SLI) serves as a classroom teacher in a Freedom School literacy based summer enrichment program. The SLI helps to serve breakfast and lunch, leads a literacy rich curriculum during the morning, and leads/chaperones activities or field trips in the afternoon. The Servant Leader Intern should be experienced in working with groups of children, responsible, energetic, able to think on his/her feet, a good leader and a strong role model.

The Freedom School Partners are looking for college students to serve as paid, summer interns for our Freedom School summer program in Charlotte, NC. We hire college students and recent college graduates from all majors and classifications. During the summer, children living in low-income communities are susceptible to falling two to three months behind in reading due to unengaged and unsupervised time. Our goal at Freedom School Partners is to help students grades K-8 gain and maintain reading ability through an engaging, and exciting six-week summer program led by college-aged interns. We not only work to transform children’s lives, but we work to transform college students into advocates for children and help them develop skills that expand their resume and prepare them for future success. Please check out our website to learn more about the work of Freedom School Partners.

Please check out this video from our Careers webpage to get a good glimpse into what Freedom School looks like for our Servant Leader Interns during the summer and also two video links below to learn more. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to reach out to us at Additional videos to learn more: Freedom School Partners: Our Story , Freedom School Partners: Our Interns.

Upcoming Events

working to extend anti-racist education (weare) workshop –April 7th 4pm-6pm

We are very excited to share with you that our very own alum Dr. Ronda Taylor Bullock will be conducting a two-part antiracist education workshop for all students, faculty, and staff of the SoE. She is the co-founder and executive director of we are. We Are is a non-profit organization that provides anti-racism training for children, families, and educators. Please see emails from Patti Spillane for registration information.

Dr. Della Mosley – TEDxUF Talk – Sunday, April 11th – noon – 2:30pm

The title is: “Moving From ‘Woke’ To Working for Black Futures”. The conference is completely virtual this year and thus anyone can watch her do this extremely important talk live. I hope that as many people as possible can make it to listen to, learn from, and support our division community member.
To register, click here:

Carolina Consortium on Human Development Speaker Series Spring 2021: “Culture & Developmental Science: Considering Context, Culture, and Intersectional Approaches”

The proseminar meetings will be on Monday afternoons from 2:00 – 3:15 PM. All talks will be held online via Zoom ( Please click here for the spring schedule of speakers and topics:

DOC Speaks (Dental and Oral Health Community Scholars) Speaker Series

DOCSpeaks is an iteration of the Dental and Oral health Community Scholars (DOCS) Scholars Program featuring TEDTalk length cogent talks that intersect with cultural competence and healthcare. All sessions will feature 20-minute talks followed by a 20-minute Q and A. If you have questions, contact: Dr. Sylvia A. Frazier- Bowers, Assistant Dean for Inclusive Excellence and Equity, UNC-CH Adams School of Dentistry ( Please click here for schedule and access to past talks:—associate-professor-of-law-thomas-willis-lambeth-distinguished-chair-in-public-policy-unc-school-of-law

Critical Race Theory Summer Institute: June 3rd – 4th

American University Summer Institute on Education Equity and Justice (SIEEJ) – June 28-30, 2021
Leveling the Playing Field: Intersecting Race and Disabilities

Keynote Speakers include Drs. Donna Ford, Bonnie St. John, Gloria Ladson-Billings and Shawn A Robinson.
Conference Hosts: Drs. Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy and Antonio Ellis

Sessions are designed to change both mindsets and practices. The overall goal of SIEEJ is to build a community of practice singularly focused on the strengths, challenges, and opportunities in the lives of young people of color and the communities in which they live. Please visit the conference website for more information on session speakers, moderators, and full descriptions. All sessions will be closed captioned. Full recordings of the sessions will be made available to registered attendees. Participants will be provided links to livestream all sessions in advance. We encourage you to engage with the sessions by using the hashtag #SIEEJthemoment.

Register:; Early Bird registration – $25; University Students -$10DEI Resources

From the School of Education’s DEI Team

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 Chats: Digital Accessibility with Gia Branciforte

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April 9 at 3pm: Integrating Accessibility into your Teaching and Research

DEI Book Club: April 9th; 12:30p.m.

We will be discussing Jesmyn Ward’s The Fire This Time.  Email Dana Riger to sign up.  All are welcome!!!

Individual Meetings

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

Be aware of equity traps and tropes!

Jamila Dugan, leadership coach, learning facilitator, researcher, and supporter of dual-language learning, wrote an article on how shortcuts and default practices can get in the way of meaningful school equity efforts. Into which trap/trope do you fall? Click here to find out: Be Aware of Equity Traps and Tropes