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

ALL STUDENTS, FACULTY AND STAFF: Please take our survey

To further DEI initiatives in the School of Education, I collaborated with a group of MEITE students (Ahmed Ali, Marvin Espinoza-Leiva, Elyse Griffin, Devon Young) to develop a survey to capture the experiences of SOE students, staff and faculty. This data will only be seen by me and the students working on this project, but themes will be shared to help design initiatives for the upcoming school year. No names or identifying information will be collected. If you have any concerns or questions, please contact me at dcgriffi@email.unc.edu. The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete.  Take the DEI Survey  Thank you for your help!

Indigenous Women and Activism: Experiences from Abya-Yala/Mujeres Indígenas y Activismo: Experiencias desde Abya-Yala – March 17, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Patricia Torres Sandoval (P’urhépecha – Mexico). Patricia is a founding member of Mexico’s National Coordinator of Indigenous Women and a member of the Indigenous Lawyers’ Network. Patricia is also a lawyer and member of the P’urhépecha regional organization “Nación P’urhépecha.” Patricia’s work centers on legal activism, Indigenous feminisms from her experience as a P’urhépecha woman, and Indigenous women’s rights.

Kory Guaman (Kañari – Ecuador). Kory belongs to the Kañari Nation from Ecuador. She is a poet, writer, singer, musician, and cultural promoter. Her work centers on cultural and language revitalization, Indigenous communications, and activism among the Indigenous Kañari youth. Her activist work also emphasizes the centrality of ancestral knowledge for Kañari identity, particularly for women.

Mariana García (Náhua – Mexico). Mariana is part of Radio Tsinaka, a Náhuatl-language Indigenous-based radio project in Cuetzalan, Puebla, Mexico. Radio Tsinaka promotes the participation of Nahua youth and emphasizes language revitalization through their radio programs. Through their programs, Radio Tsinaka’s radio hosts, such as Mariana, have voiced their concerns and opposition to neoliberal megaprojects in Indigenous communities. As a community-based radio project, the activist work at Radio Tsinaka also centers on creating spaces for the participation of women in community media projects.

The talks will be in Spanish and simultaneous English translation will be available.

If you would like to attend this event, click on this Zoom ID: 979 1907 4140.

Richard Rothstein Lecture – Durham Eviction Diversion Program – March 18th, 12-1 pm

Rothstein’s research traces the history of residential segregation that came to be facilitated by federal, state, and local zoning laws. His research cuts across the humanities, social sciences, and the law. As such, his lecture promises to be an excellent resource for students/courses in history, political science, public policy, anthropology and sociology, and African and African American Studies. Click here to register (advanced registration required): https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Y4tDaTYLTSSTHOofhrOPOg

Brave Conversations Facilitator MasterClass: Overview of the 8 Step SCCCCALE Framework – March 29th 1:30 – 3:00 pm

IF…..

  • You are currently a facilitator of brave, courageous, critical, crucial, or difficult conversations and you want to sharpen your facilitation skills.
  • You are a beginner facilitator of brave, courageous, critical, crucial, or difficult conversations and you need feedback and more practice to feel more comfortable as a facilitator.
  • You want to facilitate brave, courageous, critical, crucial, or difficult conversations and you do not know where to start or who to turn to for assistance.

THEN….

You must participate in Dr. William T. Lewis SrBrave Conversations Facilitator Masterclass: Overview of the 8 Step SCCCCALE Framework. In this free 90-minutes session, Dr. Lewis will provide an overview of Brave Conversations MasterClass. This event is free but registration is required 
Register Now 

ncIMPACT on PBS North Carolina at 7:30 p.m. – March Schedule

Teaching Fellow Seminar Series

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

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.

Carolina Health Informatics Program Rachial Equity Series – March 23rd at 3p.m.

Part 2: Bringing a Racial Equity Focus to Health Informatics: Workshop

March 23, 2021 at 3PM EST

Participants will select and attend one breakout room presentation, engage in small-group discussion, and reflect on strategies to incorporate a racial equity focus into their own work. Participants will come away from the workshop with a specific plan for how to bring racial equity into an ongoing or future research project. 

Attendance at the March 9 panel is not required for participation in the workshop.

Register for the workshop here

Virtual Black Communities Conference – March 15 – March 24

The event will feature book talks, film screenings and talk backs, IAAR-SLATE student discussions and eight roundtables with topics such as: “Are Anti-racist schools possible?,” “Black Economic Freedom,” and “Arts and Music of Racial Reckoning.”  Come hear Michael Twitty talk about his new book on “Rice: A Savor of the South”, or Kyle Legall  discuss his film “Cardiff 1919: Riots Redrawn” on historic race riots in Wales. Or, attend a “Collab Session,” to discuss and connect with other attendees around our roundtable topics. The complete and rich conference agenda is available online. To register go to this link.

UNC MPA Hosts Webinar on Black Public Service Leadership – March 23, 6pm

The School of Government’s Master of Public Administration program will host a webinar celebrating Black public service leadership on Tuesday, March 23 at 6:00 pm. All are invited to attend – particularly those interested in public service as a career and/or those who are already working in public service. The webinar will feature an esteemed panel discussing the importance of choosing a career in public service, the inspiration behind their work, and their motivations and efforts to increase inclusion and ensure equity in public administration. Registration is free, but required to attend. The link to the Zoom room will be provided upon registration. Find more details about the event here.

UNC Carolina Seminar – Impacts of COVID-19, Racism and Inequity on Child Development – March 26th – 12:30 – 2pm

Dr. Thurston Domina, SoE, and Dr. Sabrina Zadrozny, FPG, will engage in interdisciplinary conversations and the development of a research-policy agenda regarding the dual impact of COVID-19 and systemic racism and inequity on children’s developmental trajectories in the early years. Zoom Registration Link: https://go.unc.edu/covid19rain

Josefina Niggli Latinx Speaker Series – March 26th, 4-5pm

Join Dr. María J. Durán for a talk entitled “Ofrendas for an Afro-Mexican American Altar: The Poetry of Ariana Brown”
Dr. Durán is the Florence Levy Kay Fellow in U.S. Latinx Cultural Studies at Brandeis University.
This Zoom event requires registration. To register for this event, click this link:
https://wcu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwodOurqDwuG9wQraaC6yIhrKgXcP_ONkw4

Natalie Scenters-Zapico – Reading and Q&A: March 26, 2021, 3:30PM

The UNC Latina/o Studies Program presents Natalie Scenters-Zapico, who will perform work from her books Lima :: Limón (2019) and The Verging Cities (2015). She will discuss themes of machismo and marianismo, gender violence, and love and desire set in her hometowns of Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, and El Paso, Texas. Register at the following link to attend this virtual event: https://lsp.unc.edu/event/natalie-scenters-zapico/

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

I am 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. Ronda Taylor Bullock, Ph.D. is originally from Goldston, NC. In 2018, she earned her doctorate at UNC-Chapel Hill School of Education in the Policy, Leadership, and School Improvement Program. Her research interests are critical race theory, whiteness studies, white children’s racial identity construction, and anti-racism. Prior to entering her doctoral program, Dr. Taylor Bullock taught English for almost ten years at Hillside High School in Durham, NC. She is the co-founder and executive director of we areWe Are is a non-profit organization that provides anti-racism training for children, families, and educators. 

Please click here to register and join us March 31st (same zoom link as the faculty meeting) and April 7th, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. If you are only able to attend one of the workshop sessions, please come and register. The zoom information will pop up for you to save after you enter your name, email, and submit. For your convenience:

3/31: https://zoom.us/j/95419740508?pwd=RmlmUjFINThLM0Y1cm1SczBqZld1UT09

4/7: https://zoom.us/j/99703846227

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 (https://fpgcdi.zoom.us/j/91078842280).

See the full spring schedule of speakers and topics here.

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 (saf@ad.unc.edu). See the schedule and access past talks here.

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; March Schedule: Digital Accessibility with Gia Branciforte

DEI Chats will occur on March 5th, 19th, and 26th; all at 3pm. (March 12 is a UNC Wellness Day). Click here to attend: https://zoom.us/j/98090153143

March 5th: What is Digital Accessibility and Why Does it Matter?

March 19th: Getting Started with Digital Accessibility

March 26th: Integrating Accessibility into your Teaching and Research

DEI Book Club: March 19th; 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.

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” MLK, Jr.

“Asian American realities are heavily shaped by ongoing racial violence, complete racial exclusion, and everyday overt and subtle forms of racism.” Asian Americans and Racial Justice: Racial Exclusion and the (Im)Possibilities of Developing Our Identity Consciousness, and Agency

I am sure you are aware of the increased violence towards the Asian American community; even our own students were targeted earlier this year. To our Asian and Asian American community: As I have said before, we are stronger together, and if any member of our community is threatened, then we are ALL threatened. We are against any violence and hatred towards any members of our Peabody community and we stand in unity with you and are committed to fighting for racial justice and equity, so that you can learn and work in spaces that are free of bias and racism.