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Reframing the Conversation: Expanding the Portrayal of Black Men
In a collaboration between Student Affairs and Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion, an upcoming panel series, titled “Reframing the conversation,” will bring together experts from across campus and the community to spark important conversations around racism, othering, and safety.
With the first panel coinciding with Black History Month, “Expanding the portrayal of Black men” will explore how these topics surround those who identify as Black men and specifically speak to the effects, trends, and future of Black representation in various outlets.
Pizza will be provided.
Special Assistant to the President for Violence Prevention and Education; Assistant Professor of Higher Education and Dean of Graduate Studies, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy
Chris Linder’s (she/her) scholarship focuses on sexual violence and student activism and regularly teaches courses on diversity, equity, and inclusion; student development theory; foundations of higher education and student affairs; and qualitative research through a power-conscious, historical lens. Chris identifies as a queer, white cisgender woman from a working-class background who strives to interrupt power and dominance in her work as an educator and activist. She has published work on student activism, white women’s anti-racist identity development, and racism in graduate preparation programs in a variety of journals in higher education and student affairs.
Associate Vice President for Faculty, Office for Faculty
As Associate Vice President for Faculty at the University of Utah, Sarah Projansky (she/her) supports deans, chairs, and faculty across campus on matters related to faculty development and mentoring; hiring, retention, tenure, and promotion; university policy; and serves as a liaison between Academic Senate and administration. She holds a joint-appointment as Professor of Film & Media Arts and Gender Studies in addition to Adjunct Professor of Communication. Sarah has published on gender, race, and sexuality in media representations, narratives, industries, and activisms, including articles on girls, sexual violence, popular media, and independent cinema.
Chief Safety Officer, University of Utah
Marlon Lynch (he/him) started this February as the University of Utah’s inaugural Chief Safety Officer. In this new position, he is tasked with repairing campus relationships, overseeing campus safety initiatives, coordinating campus-wide safety programs, and supervising the Department of Public Safety. Marlon believes collaborative and inclusive approaches are necessary to establish credibility and improvements in strengthening a culture of safety at the and has demonstrated this in his previous positions as head of public safety at NYU, associate vice president for safety and security and civic affairs at the University of Chicago, and police chief at multiple universities.
Utah Multicultural Commission Co-Chair, Utah Division of Multicultural Affairs; Principal Managing Partner, Byron Russell LLC
Byron Russell (he/him) is the founder and principal managing partner of Byron Russell LLC - a brand management consulting company located in Salt Lake City. Based on his years of experience in academics, national and international politics, journalism, fundraising, finance, economic development, higher education, public relations, philanthropy and social enterprise, Byron’s work focuses on facilitating connections between corporations and foundations with people. As co-chair of the Utah Multicultural Commission, Byron works alongside Lt. Gov. Spencer J. Cox and continues to apply his extensive knowledge to increase quality of life throughout the Beehive State.
Producer/Host, PBS Utah
Liz Adeola (she/her) is an Emmy Award-winning journalist at PBS Utah and the host and producer of two PBS Utah series: This Is Utah and Utah Insight. With more than a decade of producing, reporting, and anchoring experience for television news at stations around the country, she has been recognized by the Society for Professional Journalists, The Illinois Associated Press, and Illinois State Legislature for her ability to craft unique stories that make a difference in her community. Liz’s passion for telling stories comes from her drive to learn something new every day.
Director, Black Cultural Center
Meligha Garfield (he/him) is the inaugural director for the Black Cultural Center (BCC) at the University of Utah, where he leads the Center’s efforts to holistically enrich, educate and advocate for students, faculty and staff through Black centered programming, culturally affirming educational initiatives and retention strategies. Garfield previously served as the programs coordinator for the Black Programs Department at New Mexico State University (NMSU), where he implemented outreach and retention services, served as coordinator and advisor in Black programs and managed numerous departmental programming and events while at NMSU—many of which he hopes to start at the U.