The Office of Equity and Inclusion invites you to partner with us in becoming a Diversity Champion at East Tennessee State University. Your commitment emphasizes your willingness to guide, promote, and collaborate with others on campus and in the community on matters of diversity, equity, and inclusion. To become a Diversity Champion please complete the Diversity Champion Questionnaire and return to Kim Maturo or mail to the Office of Equity and Diversity at PO Box 70705, Johnson City, TN 37614.
Spring 2021 Lunch and Learn Sessions
To register in advance through Employee Learning and Development, please click on session title. Pre-registration is not required to attend. You will be asked to register when signing in.
Tuesday January 26th
Make Your Classroom More Inclusive Dr. Taine Duncan, Associate Professor and Director of Gender Studies Program, University of Central Arkansas Join Zoom Meeting Wednes., February 17th 12:00-1:00pm Working With First Generation Students Dr. Michelle Hurley, Assistant Director, McNair Program and Ms. Meagan Stark, Retention Coordinator, TRIO Program Join Zoom Meeting Tuesday, February 23rd 12:00-1:00pm Debiasing Techniques Dr. Antonio Rusinol, Associate Professor, Biomedical Sciences, COM Join Zoom Meeting Tuesday, March 2nd
New Models of Recruitment and Retention Dr. John Kuydendall, Dean and Associate Professor, School of Education, University of Indianapolis Join Zoom Meeting Tuesday, March 9th
Recruiting and Retaining Diverse Populations Ms. Jessica Wang, Director Student Success, Clemmer College Join Zoom Meeting Tuesday, April 6th
Service Learning and Social Justice Ms. Diedra Rogers, Lecturer, Dept. of Counseling & Human Services, Clemmer College Join Zoom Meeting Tuesday, April 27th
Coping With Crisis Dr. Tonya McKoy, Ph.D., LPC-MHSP/AS, NCC Licensed Professional Counselor Join Zoom Meeting
Recordings of Past Lunch and Learn Sessions
Implicit Biases Keith Johnson, Vice President for Equity and Inclusion No recording available. Sense of Belonging & Mattering Adrianna Guram, Associate Director for Residence Life; Leah Tilson, Area Coordinator No recording available. Inclusive Language: Why It Matters? How it Works? Felipe Fiuza, Director of The Language and Culture Resource Center Click here for recording. Trauma-Informed Teaching and Learning: Resilience and Retention Phyllis Thompson, Director of Women's Studies Click here for recording - part 1.
Click here for recording - part 2.
The Culturally Responsive Classroom Amy Johnson, Interim Associate Provost for Faculty and Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence Click here for recording. Reframing Disability Mary Little, Director and ADA/504 Coordinator Disability Services Click here for recording. Supporting Underrepresented Learners in an Online Environment Michele Williams, Academic Success Specialist, College of Pharmacy Click here for recording. Social Media Presence Jennifer Barber, Marketing and Social Media Manager, University Relations Click here for recording. Becoming an LGBTQ Ally Bethany Novotny, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Counseling and Human Services and Stacey Williams, Professor, Department of Psychology Click here for recording. How To Run An Inclusive Search Lori Erickson, Assistant Vice President and Kasey Hommel, EEO Specialist, Office of Human Resources Click here for recording. Diversity, Inclusion, and Career Services: Helping Students Navigate Their Career Through and After College Jeffrey Alston, Director of University Career Services Click here for recording. The Biology of Skin Color Cerrone Foster, Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences Click here for recording.
Black Students Lead Virtual Conference - February 13, 2021
National Conference on Race and Ethnicity (NCORE)
NCORE is the most comprehensive national forum on issues of race and ethnicity in American higher education. The NCORE webinar continues the conference’s tradition of working to improve racial and ethnic relations on college campuses by providing virtual learning opportunities on effective strategies to enhance access, social development, education, communication, and cross-cultural understanding for traditionally underrepresented populations. Webinars are held monthly, on the last Wednesday of every month from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. CST. Student webinar series focuses on ideas that speak directly to the experience of students and is either facilitated or co-facilitated by a student.
Annual Men of Color National Summit - April 15-16, 2021
Since the 4th annual Clemson University Men of Color National Summit, it is difficult to understand how many changes have occurred since 2,200 people from across the United States came together to an inspiring, sold-out conference addressing the opportunity gap of African American and Hispanic males.
During the summit, powerful speakers included Earvin 'Magic' Johnson who shared his success as an athlete and entrepreneur, as well as Akbar Gbaja-Biamila, American-Ninja Warrior co-host and former NFL player, Peter Villegas, vice president of Coca-Cola's Office of Latin Affairs, and Johnathan Holifield, executive director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities' Domestic Policy Council.
On April 15-16, 2021, Clemson University will present the 5th annual Men of Color National Summit. This nationally acclaimed event will bring together more than 2,500 high school and college students, business leaders, educators, government officials and community leaders from around the country and region to discuss ways to increase high school and college graduation rates for young Men of Color. Additional details, including past event photos and videos, are available on-line at clemson.edu/inclusion/summit. Registration for the 2021 event will open in the Fall of 2020.
This is a very important time to come together to address ways to remove the barriers that prevent underrepresented students from having upward economic mobility and access to higher education. During this turbulent time of social unrest and a worldwide pandemic, they know they can achieve their goals through a strong network of leaders like yourself and engage in national discussions for best practices.
Through Clemson University’s efforts, they are leading the way in making an impact in the area of social justice in these unprecedented times. They look forward to welcoming you next spring in Greenville, South Carolina.
Articles and Resources
The Struggle Is Real: Teaching the Civil Rights Movement Seminar Series
Resource material from the National Center for Civil and Human Rights October 2020 seminar series, The Struggle Is Real: Teaching the Civil Rights Movement can be found at Resource Guide 1 and Resource Guide 2 .
ARTICLES ON CONFRONTING RACISM FROM HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW
Harvard Business Review is offering a collection of their articles temporarily at no charge to provide a reading list on confronting racism.
THE 1619 PROJECT
Four hundred years ago, on August 20, 1619, a ship carrying about 20 enslaved Africans arrived in Point Comfort, a coastal port in the British colony of Virginia. Though America did not even exist yet, their arrival marked its foundation, the beginning of the system of slavery on which the country was built. In 2019, he New York Times Magazine observed this anniversary with a special project that examines the many ways the legacy of slavery continues to shape and define life in the United States. To watch The 1619 Project click here.
Juneteenth (short for "June Nineteenth") honors the end to slavery in the United States. It is considered the longest-running African American holiday. To learn about Juneteenth click on the links below:
RESOURCES TO UNDERSTAND RACISM IN AMERICA
Click on the links below to learn about racism at the individual level and institutional level; how does it show up in college spaces; what are the impacts of racism; how can we view race as a resource; how can we rethink current processes; and how does support look:
TEACHING IN DIFFICULT TIMES
RESPONDING TO EVENTS THAT THREATEN STUDENT WELL-BEING
The plaques in Borchuck Plaza that commemorate the contributions of the five students who integrated the campus were defaced. This racist act violates the university's values and threatens the unity of the campus community. In the wake of these events, we would like to offer some ideas for processing these difficult and dehumanizing events with your students.
· It is best to do something! Remaining silent in your classes regarding these events ignores the reality of the experience your students are facing. But what should you do? The tips from Vanderbilt's Center for Teaching and the New York Times Learning Blog can help.
· Moment of Silence - Taking time to acknowledge hateful and tragic events and allow students to reflect in their own way is a small step you can take to indicate you care about these events and how each student may be effected.
· Facilitate a Discussion - Set ground rules for difficult dialogues and take time in class to discuss the events. You'll need to be sure you allow sufficient time to explore all of the topics that may come up in this kind of discussion and pre-plan strategies for managing "hot moments" should they emerge.
· Assign relevant readings or ask students to complete an assignment (ex. journal entry) that relates to the themes of the event.
· Practice Empathy - Brene Brown writes, "Rarely does an empathetic response begin with 'at least.'" As in, "at least they didn't tear the plaques down," or "at least they didn't protest the pep rally." "At least" is a phrase that invalidates a person's experience. Empathy requires perspective taking, avoiding judgment, recognizing emotion in others, and connecting to that emotion.
· Notice, Ask, and Refer - This advice from David Goobler's The Missing Course, challenges us to be aware when students seem out of sorts. If a student's physical appearance changes markedly, they suddenly start missing class, or they fail to complete assignments (when they once were punctual), that student may be in distress. Asking, "Is everything ok?", will signal that you care. It is important however, to avoid acting as an expert. Refer students to the Multicultural Center or the Counseling Center if they indicate they need some assistance.
Adopting one or more of these tactics can help foster and retain a relationship of trust and respect with your students at a time when they many feel threatened, hurt, and excluded.