Educating For Justice

Educating for Justice Series

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Belonging: What Can We Learn about Inclusion from Historically Black Colleges and Universities?

Tuesday, March 3, 12:30–2 p.m.
LeRoux Conference Center (STCN 160)
Light lunch provided

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion invites faculty and staff to the co-created monthly dialogue series to explore fostering greater belonging on campus through exploration of the unique contributions of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). On the cusp of Black History and Women’s History Months, this session aims to educate about and celebrate the role of HBCUs in propelling excellence, deepen understanding of barriers to belonging and offer insight on advancing inclusivity in learning and engagement for the good of all students.

Colleagues will share the impact of their experiences of and exposure to HBCUs as we consider what we can learn from the HBCU student experience. This session is an opportunity to learn about the history of HBCUs in relation to our collective work as a predominantly white institution to create a university that is inclusively excellent for all.

This session is a collaboration with faculty and staff colleagues who have partnered to share their experiences. RSVP to Adrena Collins at to assist in planning. Please include any dietary restrictions.

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So You Want To Talk About Race?
Talking about Whiteness to Ally for Racial Justice

Tuesday, Feb. 4
12:30-2 p.m. in STCN 160 (Light Lunch provided)

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion invites faculty and staff to join in the first Educating for Justice session of 2020.

Building on our visit last quarter with Ijeoma Oluo, author of this year’s common text, this session will focus on what it means to engage in racial justice work as allies on the journey to growth.  

This session aims to offer a supportive context for not only exploring the material effects of whiteness, but also practicing ways to talk about these dynamics in honest and productive ways for our collective work of advancing inclusive excellence on campus.  

Hear colleagues share how they are working to understand positionality, the dynamics of whiteness, and their roles as allies in the pursuit of racial justice. We will co-create a learning space to share ideas, challenges, and practical strategies for talking about whiteness and disrupting practices that impact inclusion, and significantly, create barriers to executing our mission of educating the whole person.  

Collaboration of Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion Natasha Martin; Assistant Vice President for Student Academic Engagement Joelle Pretty; and Unpacking Whiteness, a faculty and staff collective. 

RSVP to Adrena Collins at to assist in planning; please include any dietary restrictions.

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What is Educating for Justice?

For those new to our community, Educating for Justice in Complex Times – Prioritizing Humanity and Inclusion on Campus, is a monthly dialogue series for faculty and staff in which we come together over lunch, foster authentic relationships across difference, and engage on topics that impact our campus climate and advance our goals around diversity, equity and inclusion.

Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion Natasha Martin, J.D. partners with colleagues on campus to co-create space for professional and personal growth.

If you have ideas or wish to co-sponsor a session, please get in touch at