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We Live It. We Breathe It.
January 19 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
This year’s theme, “We Live It. We Breathe It: A Discussion on Systemic Racism,” is inspired by the analogy of writer and educator, Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, who describes systemic racism as smog in the air. Tatum writes, “Sometimes it is so thick it is visible, other times it is less apparent, but always, day in and day out, we are breathing it in.” Systemic racism is composed of policies, practices, behaviors and ideas that have affected how we all navigate the socio-political and economic realms today and throughout our U.S. history.
Alexis Baker was born and raised in the great state of Utah. She is a Health Promotions major and getting her minor in African American Studies. Other than working as a Peer Advisor for the front desk, Alexis is very involved on campus with being a part of the Black Union Student and a Resident Advisor for Housing. She enjoys meeting new people and learning new things. In her free time, Alexis loves to keep up to date on current social justice issues and hanging out with her friends.
Professor, S.J. Quinney College of Law
Erika George teaches Constitutional Law, International Human Rights Law, International Environmental Law, and Civil Procedure. Her research interests include globalization and the indivisible, interdependent, and interrelated nature of civil liberties and socioeconomic rights; cultural pluralism and rights universalism; gender violence and gender equality; justice and peace promotion in post-conflict societies; environmental justice; and the use of documentary film in human rights advocacy and education.
Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership & Policy
Dr. María C. Ledesma’s research broadly examines the sociology of race-conscious policy in higher education. She is most concerned with historicizing and contextualizing race-conscious affirmative action policy and practice with the goal of advancing and expanding educational access and opportunity for historically minoritized students of color in higher education. Her work is interdisciplinary, reaching across the social sciences, borrowing from communications, ethnic studies, history, public policy, sociology, as well as law, to encourage a rigorous approach to the study of educational opportunity.
Associate Instructor, Gender Studies
Kilo Zamora is known for his skills to increase peoples capacity for social change. He creates learning environments for groups to develop themselves and transform their communities. Kilo teaches an array of social change classes at the University of Utah, including the Westside Leadership Institute, serves as Chair of the Salt Lake City Human Rights Commission and the former Inclusion Center for Community and Justice, Executive Director.
FRANCI TAYLOR (MODERATOR)
Director, American Indian Resource Center
Taylor specializes in traditional Indigenous knowledge and ethnobotany and is a participating member of the Indigenous People’s working group at the United Nations. She has taught classes on interactions between colonialism and indigenous peoples at the University of Brussels, Belgium. Ms. Taylor is a member of the Choctaw Tribe and is a traditional dancer and craft worker.