Educational and Other Opportunities for Faculty, Staff, and Students
Teaching About Race & Racism In the College Classroom
Part 2 of a 2-part Workshop Series, Teaching about Race and Racism in the College Classroom will be facilitated by Dr. Cyndi Kernahan, professor of psychological sciences and director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Her book Teaching about Race and Racism in the College Classroom: Notes from a White Professor was published in 2019 as part of the Teaching and Learning in Higher Education series of West Virginia University Press. Learn more at her website.
May 11th, 10:00 - 11:30 am EST: Teaching about Race & Racism Effectively
Teaching about race and racism can be difficult, eliciting strong emotions as students struggle to reconcile their previous beliefs with what they are learning. Drawing from both the research literature as well as from her own experience, Cyndi provides evidence for how learning works with respect to race and racism along with practical strategies for facilitating learning. In doing so, she focuses on providing a compassionate classroom environment for both the students and the instructor as well as drawing important distinctions between the experiences of White people and people of color. Registration Link
Get the Facts - Get the Vaccine
Dr. Christa-Marie Singleton, Associate Director for Science, Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention COVID-19 Response Chief Health Equity Office Unit helps explain the
facts about getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Dr. Singleton has worked with diverse communities
for the past 20 years. Dr. Singleton helps you answer your questions such as "Will it be safe for someone who looks like me" in this video from the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchasers Coalitions.
Cultural Competency Workshop - 2021
ETSU Inclusive Excellence Cultural Competency Workshop
ETSU Office of Equity and Inclusion invites you to attend the ETSU Inclusive Excellence Cultural Competency Workshop.
Cultural competence is having an awareness of one’s own cultural identity and one’s views about differences, and the ability to learn and build on the varying cultural and community norms of students and their families. It is the ability to understand the within-group differences that make each student unique, while celebrating the between-group variations that make our country a tapestry. These understandings inform and expand teaching practices in the culturally competent educator’s classroom. Cross-cultural competency has been named among the 10 most important skills for the future workforce by the US Department of Education. Employers value culturally competent employees in designing, developing, and marketing their products and services to culturally diverse customers. Culturally trained faculty and staff can prepare students with cultural competencies by including inclusive pedagogy techniques in and out of classrooms.
Purpose of the Workshop: The goal of the Workshop is to prepare and deliver the professional development workshop(s) in ways that enhance Staff and Faculty’s abilities to: (i) demonstrate a solid understanding of cultural diversity; (ii) effectively accommodate diverse students through inclusive pedagogy and inter-cultural communication; and (iii) effectively prepare students with cultural knowledge for academic, career and civic success.
Eligibility: There will be a limited number of spaces available.
Schedule of the Workshop: The Workshop will be conducted virtually over 4 weeks (two hour each week).
The spring 2021 workshop is full. The fall 2021 workshop dates to be announced summer 2021.
Date Thematic Topic
TBD - Laying the Foundations: Movements of the Heart.
TBD - Cultural Agility: What it is and how it works.
TBD - Tools for Cultural Agility in the Classroom and Beyond.
TBD - Expanding the Foundation: Developing and Sharing Your Training with Others.
Workshop Facilitators: TBD
If you have any question about the workshop, please contact Dr. Mohammad Moin Uddin at email@example.com.
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.
Summer 2021 Lunch and Learn Sessions
Pre-registration is not required to attend. You will be asked to register when joining zoom meeting.
Allyship Dr. Taine Duncan, Associate Professor and Director of Gender Studies, University of Central Arkansas Join Zoom Meeting Tuesday,
Accessibility Matters Ms. Miriam Smith, Director of Accessibility Services, Oglethorpe University Join Zoom Meeting Tuesday,
Leadership Identity Development on Black Men's College Experience Dr. Shannon Williams, Affiliate Officer, Arkansas Community Foundation Join Zoom Meeting
Fall 2021 Lunch and Learn Sessions
Pre-registration is not required to attend. You will be asked to register when joining zoom meeting.
The Problem with Diversity by Numbers Only: A Talk About Ideological Diversity, Hegemony, and A Dead Italian Guy Dr. Jean Swindle, Assistant Professor, Educational Foundations & Special Education, Clemmer College Join Zoom Meeting Tuesday,
Inclusive Leadership Dr. Angela Webster, Associate VP for Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, Associate Professor of Leadership Studies, University of Central Arkansas Join Zoom Meeting Tuesday,
Equity and Inclusion in the Sustainability World Irene Poulton, Graduate Student Join Zoom Meeting Tuesday,
Microaggressions Dr. Teresa Carnevale, Assistant Professor, College of Nursing; Dr. Chassidy Cooper, Coordinator for Office of Equity and Inclusion; and Dr. Chelsie Dubay, Internet Program Support Coordinator Join Zoom Meeting Tuesday,
Exploring Ways to Honor Indigenous People in the Classroom Dr. Debi Thibeault, Assistant Professor, Social Work Join Zoom Meeting Tuesday,
Wellbeing through Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Lens Dr. Nicholas Hagemeier, Associate Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Pharmacy, Director of Student Professional Development, Director of Pharmacy Practice Research Fellowship Join Zoom Meeting
Recordings of Past Lunch and Learn Sessions
Implicit Biases Dr. Keith Johnson, Vice President for Equity and Inclusion No recording available. Sense of Belonging & Mattering Ms. Adrianna Guram, Associate Director for Residence Life; Leah Tilson, Area Coordinator No recording available. Inclusive Language: Why It Matters? How it Works? Dr. Felipe Fiuza, Director of The Language and Culture Resource Center Click here for recording. Trauma-Informed Teaching and Learning: Resilience and Retention Dr. Phyllis Thompson, Director of Women's Studies Click here for recording - part 1.
Click here for recording - part 2.
The Culturally Responsive Classroom Dr. 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 Ms. Michele Williams, Academic Success Specialist, College of Pharmacy Click here for recording. Social Media Presence Ms. Jennifer Barber, Marketing and Social Media Manager, University Relations Click here for recording. Becoming an LGBTQ Ally Dr. Bethany Novotny, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Counseling and Human Services and Dr. Stacey Williams, Professor, Department of Psychology Click here for recording. How To Run An Inclusive Search Ms. 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 Dr. Jeffrey Alston, Director of University Career Services Click here for recording. The Biology of Skin Color Dr. Cerrone Foster, Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences Click here for recording. Making Your Classroom More Inclusive Dr. Taine Duncan, Associate Professor and Director of Gender Studies Program, University of Central Arkansas Click here for recording Working With First Generation Students Dr. Michelle Hurley, Assistant Director, McNair Program and Ms. Meagan Stark, Retention Coordinator, TRIO Program Click here for recording Debiasing Techniques Dr. Antonio Rusinol, Associate Professor, Biomedical Sciences, COM Click here for recording New Models of Recruitment and Retention Dr. John Kuykendall, Dean and Associate Professor, School of Education, University of Indianapolis Click here for recording Recruiting and Retaining Diverse Populations Ms. Jessica Wang, Director Student Success, Clemmer College Click here for recording Service Learning and Social Justice Ms. Diedra Rogers, Lecturer, Dept. of Counseling & Human Services, Clemmer College Click here for recording Coping with Crisis Dr. Tonya McKoy, Ph.D., LPC-MHSP/AS, NCC Licensed Professional Counselor Click here for recording
The Tennessee Board of Regent, Office of Organizational Effectiveness announces the 2021-2022 grant opportunities. (Please note that all grant applications must be submitted via TBR's online grants platform.)
Student Engagement, Retention, and Success (SERS) Grants - submission deadline for 2021-2022 closed.
Open Educational Resources (OER) Grants - submission deadline for 2021-2022 closed.
Faculty/Staff Development Grants
More information is forthcoming about the specific details, timelines, and application.
Click on the link below for a guide to navigating the grants platform.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
FranklinCovey | Education presents
Unconscious Bias Webcast
How to Reframe Bias, Cultivate Connection, and Create High Performing Colleges and Universities
May 12, 2021 @ 1:00 p.m. EDT
Join bestselling author of The Leader's Guide to Unconscious Bias, Pamela Fuller, as she introduces powerful principles to leaders in higher education. Explore how unconscious biases can impair the decision-making of both leaders and faculty in a way that unintentionally limits the performance, innovation, and opportunities of people. Learn how to rise above limiting biases to create a campus culture where students and staff feel respected, included, and valued.
In this webcast you will learn:
-How to identify bias
-Ways to cultivate connection
-To empower others to choose courage
-How to apply across the Talent Lifecycle
Anti-Asian sentiment and violence in the U.S. have increased by more than 150 percent over the past year according to recent reports from Stop AAPI Hate. This statistic is staggering and instructive for how we must continue to direct our resources in service to our members and communities.
Please click the link below to view the moderated discussion from NADOHE and ACUHO-I that took place on April 29, 2021 about the recent events of racially-motivated violence and gather insights and approaches to help move forward and better support our Asian American community members. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-Dxiu22W-8
Eventbrite has put together a Collection of Online Racial Equity Workshops. These online events will help you learn more and provide a platform for conversations on racial injustices and inequality.
The Southeastern HERC, and Vanderbilt University, invite you to attend the second annual Summit: Advancing Inclusion & Diversity in the Workplace conference on May 19, 2021. In this full-day virtual conference, you will discover top trends, key insights, and indispensable best practices for advancing inclusion & diversity on campuses and beyond from top thought leaders and professionals in the inclusion, diversity, and belonging space.
If you’d like to learn more about this free event, please visit The Summit: Advancing Inclusion & Diversity in the Workplace event page. Virtual seats are limited, so we encourage you to register ASAP!
Speaker Series Recordings
Cara James, PhD, President and CEO at Grantmakers in Health (GIH)
Health, Equity, and Inclusion Lecture - March 23, 2021
Student Resources and Opportunities
Student Support Resources
The ETSU Counseling Center provides personal counseling for students, as well as outreach and referrals. Students may contact the ETSU Counseling Center (423) 439-3333. The Counseling Center is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday and is encouraging appointments via Zoom. The Bucs Press 2 service is available 24/7 by dialing (423) 439-4841 and pressing 2 for a counselor. The Counseling Center also offers ongoing “Let’s Talk” opportunities and single session therapy to any student. This may be a good option for those unfamiliar with the Counseling Center and their services to learn more about referrals and national and regional resources.
The Dean of Students website is a resource for students and for student referral. The site includes the most often utilized resources along with links to other support services. Student referrals may be made to the Dean of Students office by submitting a CARE Report or emailing email@example.com.
Educational Resources (links embedded)
-Video on understanding the social determinants of health and toxic stress
-Video on the social determinants of toxic stress, specifically race and ethnic toxic stress
-Article on coping with anticipatory grief
-Article on coping with traumatic stress
-APA Best Practices on working with African American/Black patients
-APA Mental Health Facts for African Americans (2017)
-APA Stress & Trauma Toolkit for treating African Americans in a changing political and social environment
Leadership and Civic Engagement Resources
On Thursday, April 29, the Office of Leadership and Civic Engagement and its Diversity Education Program will host a “Pop-n-Doc" film discussion to create conversations regarding diversity, justice, and current events. To participate, students will watch a popular film (Pop) and a documentary (Doc) of a similar topic and then participate in a discussion. The subject for this discussion is “Police Violence in America,” and the films are “American Son” (Pop) and “Policing the Police” (Doc). ETSU students, faculty, and staff may register to participate in the Pop-n-Doc discussion by registering here. “American Son” can be watched on Netflix and "Policing the Police" is a free PBS Documentary on YouTube. Please watch both films before attending the in-person discussion in meeting room 311 of the Culp Center. The discussion will run from 4 p.m. – 5:15 pm. Masks are required. For more information, contact Diversity Educators at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Wednesday, May 5 from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in the East Tennessee Room of the Culp Student Center, the Office of Leadership and Civic Engagement and ETSU Votes invites students, faculty, and staff to “Dialogue on Discrimination.” Attendees are invited to share stories on how they experience exclusion and discrimination on campus and/or in the larger community. Stories involving all facets of diversity are welcomed. We will discuss who or what enables discrimination, how we can address it, and available resources in support of those who face discrimination. For more information, contact ETSU Votes at email@example.com.
There are numerous opportunities for faculty, staff and student involvement in both the ETSU Votes and the Alternative Breaks programs offered within Leadership and Civic Engagement. Both provide non-partisan advocacy and education opportunities to learn more about social justice issues and to advocate for participation in the democratic process. Email staff at firstname.lastname@example.org to express your interest and to receive more information.
Multicultural Center Resources
The Mary V. Jordan Multicultural Center hosts several unique events and programming opportunities throughout the year that celebrates our commitment to diversity and champions inclusion within the ETSU community. Please visit www.etsu.edu/mcc for more information about those opportunities.
Staff within the Mary V. Jordan Multicultural Center will conduct open office hours each week. Please check the website for those dates and times.
In partnership with Dean of Students Office, ETSU Counseling Center, and the Mary V. Jordan Multicultural Center, we will hold support sessions each month throughout the semester. More details to come at the start of the fall term.
The Mary V. Jordan Multicultural Center holds “Leadership through Academic Seminars” each Wednesday at 5 p.m. and will host “Welcome Socials” this fall from September 7th-9th.
The Mary V. Jordan Multicultural Center Student Advisory Board provides advice on programming and student issues on the ETSU campus. The Board will hold monthly meetings throughout the academic year to encourage discussion on new initiatives and emergent issues centered around diverse topics centered around social justice, campus climate, and other topics. The Board’s recommendations will help to influence goals, services, and the overall effectiveness of the Mary V. Jordan Multicultural Center.
ETSU Veteran’s Affairs
The ETSU Veteran’s Affairs office provides guidance, resources, and support to our student veterans. This includes working with students to confirm benefits and eligibility, set up support measures to assist students with academic success, and coordinating dedicated student space—the Military Student Resource Center (MARC)-- for our veterans on campus.
Additional Student Engagement Opportunities
Student activities and organizations are plentiful within our community and offer a variety of ways for students to connect with each other. Events are ongoing throughout the end of the term and as additional opportunities arise the calendar will be updated.
Students please visit ETSU financial aid and scholarships for scholarship opportunities.
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 - November 4-5, 2021
Clemson University has moved the dates of its Men of Color National Summit to November 4-5, 2021 from its previously scheduled date in April due to the continued effects COVID-19 has placed on holding in-person events.
Presented by the University’s Division of Inclusion and Equity, the two-day summit hosts dynamic keynote speakers and engaging breakout sessions, and facilitates life-changing relationships and networking opportunities by bringing together more than 2,100 high school and college students, school administrators, educators, as well as and business and community leaders from around the country.
“Having a national platform to illuminate the work that needs to be done to help these young men learn how to close the opportunity gap has never been more crucial,” said Lee Gill, chief inclusion and equity officer and special assistant to the president for inclusion and equity, and Summit chair, Clemson University.
Centered around creating pathways to higher education for African American and Latino high school young men, especially the cohort of 400 Upstate, South Carolina high school students participating in Clemson’s college access and readiness program, Tiger Alliance, the Summit themes focus on career and professional development; entrepreneurship; masculinity and personal identity; retention rates, graduation and student achievement; and social and community engagement.
Clemson will announce updates to the Summit’s packed agenda with keynote and breakout speakers, exhibitors and networking sessions in the future.
Call for proposals for breakout speakers opens on January 20, 2021. Registration to attend the event opens February 1, 2021.
For more information, visit clemson.edu/menofcolor.
Articles and Resources
Resources for Working with Students in Anticipation of the Derek Chauvin Verdict
from Amy D. Johnson, Ed.D.
Associate Provost for Faculty & Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence
If you need to learn about the trial and/or the trauma that surrounds the trial, you can find some good resources here: Derek Chauvin Trial Updates and PBS News Hour: For some, an extra layer of trauma surrounds Derik Chauvin’s trial.
· These resources from the University of Minnesota are designed to help faculty support students before, during and after the Chauvin trial. This resource includes some sample language you can adapt for communicating with students about the trial.
· This guide from the Anti-Defamation League provides a structure for a Table Talk Conversation: George Floyd, Racism, and Law Enforcement.
· And this New York Times Lesson Plan provides a number of resources for Exploring the Chauvin Trial with Students.
In addition to these classroom resources, ETSU’s Counseling Center senior staff and interns are hosting same day/rapid access slots from 10 AM-Noon and 2-4 PM and are prepared to work with students who might be coming in to process the trial decision. The Counseling Center is also hosting Let's Talk drop-in sessions, which students can attend without completing paperwork. They are also promoting The Steve Fund on the Center’s website and social media; The Steve Fund is a resource specifically dedicated to the health and well-being of students of color.
The Mary V. Jordan Multicultural Center is also planning to host open office hours and reflection/processing sessions for students who want to come together to discuss issues that surround the trial.
Other resources that may be helpful:
Acknowledge the recent acts of violence and their prevalence in recent history! Remaining silent in your classes regarding these events ignores the reality of the experience your students are facing. It may feel awkward and you may not have the right language, but these 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 affected.
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 zoom sessions, 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.
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.