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!

DEI Fellows Program for Rising Sophmores and Juniors

The University Office of Diversity and Inclusion is excited to launch and pilot the DEI Fellows Program for the 2021-2022 academic year. This new program is designed for rising sophomores and rising juniors interested in proactively advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion, and culturally intelligent engagement at Carolina and their home communities. DEI experts will coach students to further develop their leadership skills and competencies, receive mentorship by subject matter experts, engage in community-based active learning, and participate in career networking, readiness, and planning. Students will be placed with UNC offices, departments, schools, and business units throughout Carolina to apply their skills in a real-world setting during the second semester.

DEI Fellows will also actively advise and influence decision-making within the University Office for Diversity and Inclusion (UODI) during monthly advisory meetings with the Chief Diversity Officer. Fellows will act as liaisons and bridge-builders between UODI and groups that include but are not limited to UNC’s DEI Council, student organizations, University leadership, cultural centers, caucuses, and the greater Chapel Hill community to foster a more equitable and inclusive campus and community. Finally, the program will offer students an excellent opportunity to build lasting relationships with campus administrators, local experts, and a peer cohort interested in deepening their DEI knowledge and skills.

Details about eligibility, responsibilities, and commitment can be found at go.unc.edu/DEIFellows.

We are accepting applications until Monday, March 31, 2021. If you have any questions about the program, please contact Cloe Liparini here.

CK 12 Workshop: The Long Civil Rights Movement: From Emmett Till to Black Lives Matter – March 23rd, 5:00 – 6:00pm

While the Civil Rights Movement is considered by some to be a movement of the 1950s-1960s, in actuality, the fight for equity and justice started from the early days of America’s founding and continues today. In this program featuring scholar and performer Dr. Sonny Kelly, we will take a tour through time, from Crispus Attucks to Emmett Till to Ahmaud Arbery, and consider how black lives have always mattered – but mattered to different people in different ways, and for different reasons. Interweaving excerpts from his plays THE TALK and (newly completed) HAUNTED, Dr. Kelly will lead us in considering various points in the long and ongoing struggle for civil rights that deserve our attention, as we work to reframe and reclaim our shared history in order to pave a more equitable and inclusive future. After the presentation and performance excerpts, we will end with a discussion based on questions posed by attendees.

This program is relevant to K-12 teachers, community college and university affiliates, international students, and anyone from the general public with interest in learning more about the topic. Attending K-12 teachers are eligible for CEUs.

Register Here

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.

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 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 see emails from Patti Spillane for registration information.

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.

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

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

Click here to attend: https://zoom.us/j/98090153143

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.

The work begins with us

It’s disheartening to have to write out against another act of violence, especially as many are still hurting from the hateful act that occurred last week towards our AAPI community. Last week, many of us were grappling with what can we do, and I’m sure the events in Colorado compounds those feelings of frustration, anger, hopelessness, apathy… but over the last few days, I’ve come to realize that there is much that we can do.  We, in education, play a pivotal role in shaping the minds of our future generations– those of us who teach in educator prep programs, those of us who are more theoretical and conceptual, those of us who are instrumental in teaching and reaching our undergraduate program, and all of you who support us in doing this work – we all have a role. Education is key. What can we do? We need to begin in our own house. Start with addressing what education should be, as bell hooks writes in Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom: “Despite the contemporary focus on multiculturalism in our society, particularly in education, there is not nearly enough practical discussion on ways classroom settings can be transformed so that the learning experience is inclusive. If the effort to respect and honor the social reality and experiences of groups in this society who are nonwhite is to be reflected in a pedagogical process, then as teachers-on all levels, from elementary to university settings-we must acknowledge that our styles of teaching may need to change.” “The classroom remains the most radical space of possibility in the academy. For years it has been a place where education has been undermined by teachers and students alike who seek to use it as a platform for opportunistic concerns rather than as a place to learn….Urging all of us to open our minds and hearts so that we can know beyond the boundaries of what is acceptable, so that we can think and rethink, so that we can create new visions, I celebrate teaching that enables transgressions—a movement against and beyond boundaries. It is that movement which makes education the practice of freedom.” Of course there is so much more that can be done, but the work must include honest discussions on what and how we educate our youth.