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Friday Forum: A Racially Just Workplace

November 20, 2020 @ 1:00 pm 3:00 pm MST

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We hope you can join us for our next Friday Forum on January 29!

Friday Forums on Racism in Higher Education

In his powerful essay, “Why So Many Organizations Stay White” Victor Ray concludes, “At a minimum, leaders should stop thinking about discrimination and inequality as rare events and understand that racial processes often shape behavior in the absence of ill-intent. Conversations about organizational inequality need to refocus from a narrow concern with feelings and racial animus to the massive inequalities in material and psychological resources that organizations distribute between racial groups.” The November Friday Forum, installment: A Racially Just Workplace will address questions that provide insight and solutions on how we create a racially just workplace, what is needed, and how we create a more equitable and inclusive campus.

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion is taking a stand against racism and bringing the University of Utah to the forefront of the conversation through the launch of the Friday Forum series on Racism in Higher Education. Each month we will lead national conversations with the goal of helping attendees start on a journey to eradicate racism and share best practices for sustained growth and action.

A Racially Just Workplace Speakers

Jeff Herring

Jeff Herring, JD, MBA, SPHR
Chief Human Resources Officer, University of Utah

Jeff Herring is the Chief Human Resource Officer at the University. He has served in this position since 2013. Prior to the University of Utah, Jeff served on the Governor’s Cabinet as the Executive Director of the Utah Department of Human Resource Management for 12 years. In HR, Jeff has consistently focused on developing the organizations strategic efforts using principles of increasing customer service, efficiency and effectiveness, and leadership capacity. Jeff is currently a national board member of CUPA-HR.

Prior to his public service, Jeff worked as an attorney focusing in the area of labor and employment law.

Jeff earned his BA in History from the University of Utah. He then went on to earn his MBA with an emphasis on HR and completed his law degree from California Western School of Law in San Diego, California.

Kathy Obear

Kathy Obear
President, Center for Transformation and Change

Currently president of the Center for Transformation and Change, www.drkathyobear.com, Dr. Kathy Obear is nationally recognized as an expert in helping leaders, change agents, and facilitators develop the capacity to create equitable, inclusive, and racially/socially just organizations. Kathy is a Co-founder of the Social Justice Training Institute, www.sjti.org, an intensive professional development experience to deepen capacity to dismantle dynamics of racism and white supremacy in ourselves and in our organizations. Kathy works with leaders and change agents to deepen their capacity to recognize and interrupt racist and white supremist attitudes and behaviors before they do harm, acknowledge the devastating impact of past racist behaviors and institutional racism, shift current racist behaviors and organizational practices, and develop strategies to truly partner with colleagues of color to eradicate racism and white supremacy culture in their spheres of influence to create true racial equity and justice in everything they do.

Laurita Thomas

Laurita Thomas
President, American Research Universities Human Resources Institute

Laurita Thomas is the President of the American Research Universities Human Resources Institute. She is responsible for executive development and leadership programming for the CHROs of sixty-five major research universities in the United States and Canada.  She is a certified master coach and provides organizational effectiveness consulting. Laurita Thomas served as the Associate Vice President for Human Resources at the University of Michigan for fifteen years.  There she was responsible for human resource policy for all UM campuses and a full range of comprehensive integrated human resource services, products and operations. She was responsible for 330 staff, a budget of $36M, and a benefit plan of approximately $1B.  Prior to that position, she served as the CHRO for the University of Michigan Heath System for fifteen years.  She is known for her work to create environments where people thrive, partnerships prevail and performance excels.
Her professional human resources career spans roles in the financial industry, higher education and healthcare.  She is a graduate of the University of Michigan in political science and economics.  Her graduate work is in guidance and counseling, and business administration.  She has published many articles and book chapters.  Laurita has received many leadership and service awards, most recently HR Executive of the Year for the State of Michigan from the American Society of Employers and the CUPA-HR Distinguished Service Award.

Damon

Damon Tweedy, MD
Associate Professor, Duke University

Damon Tweedy, MD is an associate professor of psychiatry at Duke University School of Medicine and a staff psychiatrist within the Durham Veteran Affairs Health Care System. He completed both medical school and his specialty training at Duke.

Within the VA system, he directs a team of mental health providers working across five primary care clinics. At the medical school, he leads a behavioral health seminar for second-year medical students and is a small group leader for another course that introduces medical students to advanced aspects of the doctor-patient relationship. He is also the faculty advisor for the medical student psychiatry interest group.

Dr. Tweedy has written extensively about the intersection of race and medicine, both in academic journals and popular print publications. His 2015 book, Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor’s Reflections on Race and Medicine, made the New York Times bestseller list and was selected by TIME Magazine as a top non-fiction book that year.

Breakout Session Speakers

Dani Baum

Dani Baum
Chief Human Recruitment Manager, University of Utah

Dani Baum is the Recruitment Manager at the University of Utah.  She serves as the recruitment subject matter expert for hiring departments on Main Campus and UHealth Academics, consulting with managers, search committees and other HR professionals on best hiring practices.

Shawn Bryce

Shawn N. Bryce
Police Captain, Department of Public Safety

Capt. Shawn Bryce oversees the University of Utah Police community engagement initiatives. She represents U Police on the Racist and Bias Incident Response Team; acts as a liaison to student organizations, focusing on underrepresented student groups; and has administrative oversight of safety presentations to students. Capt. Bryce has more than 23 years of experience in law enforcement. She has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Xavier University and has completed her Early Childhood Education coursework from the University of Cincinnati. She is also certified as a crime prevention specialist through the Ohio Crime Prevention Association.

Paloma Cariello

Paloma F. Cariello
Associate Dean, School of Medicine – Office of Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Paloma F. Cariello, MD, MPH is an Associate Professor of Infectious Diseases at the University of Utah School of Medicine. She serves as the Associate Dean for The School of Medicine Office of Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. She embraces diversity as a core value and fundamental priority across the different fields in medicine. She believes the power of a diverse group allows for increased creativity and innovation, with unparalleled opportunities for growth.

Devon Darland

Devon Darland
Career & Professional Development Center

Devon Darland (she/her/hers) is a member of the Career & Professional Development Center’s new Anti-Racism Task Force and is passionate about using socially just & creative methods to foster student growth and development outside of the classroom.

Meligha

Meligha Garfield
Director, Black Cultural Center

Meligha Garfield is tasked with directing and strategically planning the Black Cultural Center as a model for the state. He brings expertise on the implementation, development, and evaluation of programs aimed at promoting awareness of the African diaspora.

Carmen Gold-Johnson

Carmen Gold-Johnson
Career & Professional Development Center

Carmen Gold-Johnson (she/her/hers) is a member of the University of Utah Career & Professional Development Center’s Anti-Racism Task Force and is dedicated and passionate about creating accessible pipelines and inclusive spaces for all students to thrive in their education and careers.

Sherrie Hayashi

Sherrie Hayashi
Executive Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (OEO/AA)

Sherrie Hayashi is the Executive Director OEO. Her responsibilities include overseeing compliance to equal employment and education laws at the University. 

Mauricio Laguan

Mauricio Laguan
Faculty & Staff Programs Manager, Office for Health Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion

Mauricio “Mo” Laguan works as a Program Manager at the University of Utah in the Office of the Associate Vice President for Health Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (OHEDI). He passionately works towards closing social inequities through informed policy implementation, culturally competent management, and leadership development. His current work focuses on the recruitment and retention of underrepresented faculty, staff, and learners in health sciences education. He will graduate with his Master of Public Administration and Gender Studies graduate certificate in 2021.

Michelle Love-Day

Michelle Love-Day
Consultant, Jordan School District

Michelle Love-Day has been an educator for 19 years. Her style of hands-on learning, encouragement, and realness has helped students to overcome their barriers to success. Michelle has worked with teachers to inspire and establish great reading practices in the classroom. She shares information and ways parents can work with schools, advocate for their children, and how they can assist in creating a rich diverse literacy environment at home and in school. As she began to see the need for black students in Utah, she created an online virtual academy called RISE! in August 2020.

She is passionate about schools being student-focused, equitable, and a place where all students feel that they are welcomed and have an adult they can believe in and who believes in them.

Dori Nottingham

Dori Nottingham
Associate Director of Training, University of Utah Human Resources Management

Dani Nottingham currently oversees the Training and Development department for UHRM.  She has a background in organizational development, culture implementation and leadership development. Dori enjoys helping other succeed in their career by leading through communication principles and the creation of inclusive environments.

Liz Owens

Liz Owens
CEO, YWCA Utah

Liz Owens currently serves as CEO of YWCA Utah where she leads the organization in meeting their mission of “eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.”

Sarah Projansky

Sarah Projansky
Associate Vice President for Faculty

Sarah Projansky is Associate Vice President for Faculty at the University of Utah, and she holds a joint-appointment as Professor of Gender Studies and of Film & Media Arts. She is author of Spectacular Girls: Media Fascination & Celebrity Culture and Watching Rape: Film & Television in Postfeminist Culture.

Megan Randall

Megan Randall
Career & Professional Development Center

Megan Randall (she/her/hers) is a member of the Career & Professional Development Center’s new Anti-Racism Task Force. Megan is passionate about creating socially just conditions & opportunities that empower students of all identities and backgrounds to thrive in their career journeys.

Sheila Sconiers

Sheila Sconiers
Training Specialist, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (OEO/AA)

Sheila Sconiers is the OEO training specialist. She educates the University community on OEO policies and related issues.

Sarah Sherer

Sarah Sherer
Chief Human Resources Officer, University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics

As the University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics Chief Human Resources Officer, Sarah Sherer works with her team to focus on People-First strategies.  She is passionate about building relationships and connecting teams together to empower leaders to support and grow their teams. 

Sierra Stevens

Sierra Stevens
Career & Professional Development Center

Sierra Stevens (she/her/hers) is a member of the University of Utah Career & Professional Development Center’s Anti-Racism Task Force and is dedicated to breaking down socially unjust barriers for folx in and outside of the university system.

Laura Walkinshaw

Laura Walkinshaw
Associate HR Director, U Health Academics

Laura Walkinshaw is an Associate HR Director for U Health Academics. She has expertise in areas such as management consultations, employee relations and performance management. Laura is rooted in many different areas of HR and has served both Main Campus and UHealth Academics.

Breakout Sessions

After the general session (1 – 2 p.m.), attendees will have the opportunity to join one of the following breakout sessions (2 – 3 p.m.) to discuss how to move forward. More sessions will be announced soon!

Let’s Get Started

A Conversation about Mentorship/Co-Mentorship

Sarah Projansky
Associate Vice President for Faculty

This session will use conversation, personal experience, and research on anti-racist mentorship to build a shared toolkit for supporting our students, our colleagues, our own mentors, and ourselves as we navigate our lives as anti-racist academics.

Let’s Get Started

Dismantling & Redefining Professional/ism

Devon Darland
Career & Professional Development Center

Megan Randall
Career & Professional Development Center

Sierra Stevens
Career & Professional Development Center

Carmen Gold-Johnson
Career & Professional Development Center

Many of us are committed to the professional development of students through on-campus jobs and internships. In this interactive, discussion-based session, we’ll examine societal notions of professional/ism.

Let’s Get Started

Invitation for Inclusion

Sarah Sherer
Chief Human Resources Officer, University of Utah Hospitals and clinics

Dani Baum
Recruitment Manager, University of Utah

Dori Nottingham
Associate Director of Training, University of Utah Human Resources Management

Laura Walkinshaw
Associate HR Director, U Health Academics

Learn how to partner with HR to shape a welcoming and collaborative workplace community. In this session, HR leaders will introduce best practices for departments to learn about how to incorporate EDI principles into your recruitment, professional development and employee relations processes.

Hear Us

OEO Recommendations for a Fair RPT Process

Sherrie Hayashi
Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action

Sheila Sconiers
Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action

The Office of Equal Opportunity And Affirmative Action (OEO/AA) is dedicated to providing a fair and equitable environment for all to pursue their academic and professional endeavors. Participants will learn about biases that may negatively impact faculty going through PRT. Participants will leave with tangible skills to enhance the PRT process for associate and junior faculty.

Hear Us

Creating a Sense of Belonging

Mauricio Laguan
Faculty & Staff Programs Manager, Office for Health Equity, Diveristy, & Inclusion

Meligha Garfield
Director, Black Cultural Center

This session will focus on the importance of affinity organizations in recruitment and retention, creating cross-campus communities, and further affirming the One U vision at the University of Utah.

Hear Us

Centering Race Equity in the Workplace

Liz Owens
CEO, YWA Utah

Join a collaborative discussion and sharing of our experiences, challenges and opportunities for centering race equity in our places of work.

Moving the Needle

Don’t Be a Bystander

Shawn N. Bryce
Police Captain, Department of Public Safety

Sometimes we see things happening around us and even though we know its wrong we hesitate to do or say something. If we don’t have the courage to do or say something we will likely miss our chance to make a difference for someone who is experiencing racism and the opportunity to educate others.

Moving the Needle

Change Your Office Culture with You

Michelle Love-Day
Consultant
Jordan School District

It is important that we look at ways we can create culturally relevant spaces for ourselves, colleagues while addressing our own bias. We need to look at creating an environment for inclusion and ensure that our polices, procedures, and mission statement align with our values.

Moving the Needle

Navigating the Lack of Racial Justice at Work

Paloma F. Cariello
Associate Professor of Infectious Diseases
Associate Dean, School of Medicine – Office of Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Join the conversation and learn how to move the needle in situations of racial inequities. This session is intended for those interested in finding ways to reach a racially just workplace, even when they feel like they don’t have the power to do so. We will feature a conversation addressing questions like:

How can I advocate for racial equity in the workplace when I’m not in a position of leadership?

Come learn ways to navigate a workplace that might have a long way to go before being racially just and the important distinction between equality and equity in the workplace.

Friday Forums is a commitment to the state and region in elevating national conversations and showcasing models of disrupting complicit racism. Each session welcomes national thought leaders to lead discussions and provide opportunities for participants to share ideas on actionable items towards a diverse, equitable, and inclusive campus.

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