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

Virtues & Vocations series. A Conversation on Equity in Higher Education – Tuesday March 9th at noon

Dr. Anthony Jack, author of The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges Are Failing Disadvantaged Students. Professor Jack will address the question: “Why does higher education struggle with its commitment to equity?”
Registration is open to all.

ncIMPACT on PBS North Carolina at 7:30p.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,

Carolina Health Informatics Program Rachial Equity Series – March 9th and March 23rd at 3p.m.

Part 1: Bringing a Racial Equity Focus to Health Informatics: Panel Discussion

March 9, 2021 at 3PM EST

Panelists are researchers from UNC and industry working in a variety of health informatics and/or health equity topic areas, all of whom have combined both health informatics and racial equity topics, methods, and/or tools into their research. The moderated panel discussion will last 50 minutes, followed by audience Q&A. 


  • Dr. Amelia Gibson, Associate Professor, UNC School of Information and Library Science
  • Dr. Samuel Cykert, Professor, UNC School of Medicine and Director, UNC Program for Health and Clinical Informatics
  • Dr. Emily Kontos, Managing Editor, DynaMed
  • Moderator: Stacy Torian, Health Sciences Librarian

Register for the panel discussion here.

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.

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 me March 31st and April 7th, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

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:

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.

Women’s History Month

“There are two powers in the world; one is the sword and the other is the pen. There is a third power stronger than both, that of women.” Malala Yousafzai

Women are often overlooked, overburdened, devalued, and silenced, especially in the workplace. This is not an environment we want to cultivate at Peabody.  Gender microaggressions are real and are harmful and they do occur in everyday interactions, either intentionally or unintentionally. In a study on microaggressions and gender inequalities in the academy, findings show that women in academia experience workplace hostilities and microaggressions, as well as other stressors, and that these stressors can also vary by rank (Blithe & Elliott, 2019). We need to be mindful of the ways we uphold gender inequalities in the academia. One way to do this is to do this is to develop an awareness of your own biases, prejudices, and stereotypes.  Don’t know how – come to the antiracist training on the 31st and 7th .

As we continue to celebrate Women’s History Month, I want to leave you with what should be considered the women’s national anthem – Aretha Franklin – Respect; or in the words of this generation’s Queen Bey “put some respect on my name.”  

Enjoy and have a great week!  Do not forget to take your wellness days on Thursday and Friday!