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Friday Forum: Establishing Anti-racist Policy

October 23, 2020 @ 1:00 pm 3:00 pm MDT

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We hope you can join us next month on November 20!

On July 19, 2019 Andre M. Perry (Andre M. Perry is a fellow in the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings, a scholar-in-residence at American University, and a columnist for the Hechinger Report). wrote:  “Racism is not a distraction; it’s policy.” He concludes with the statement, “It is the policy of the privileged and the enemy of the just.” In our October 23rd Friday Forum, panelists will address how their organizations approach developing anti-racist policies and what is necessary to make change. When we talk about establishing, writing, or creating anti-racist policies, what actions must we take towards disrupting our anchors in privilege and eliminating racist practices embedded in our policies? How do we ensure that anti-racist policies are also intersectional? Join us at our next Friday Forum to take part in this critical conversation.

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.

Establishing Anti-Racist Policy Speakers

Lori McDonald, PhD
Vice President for Student Affairs, University of Utah

Lori McDonald, PhD, is serving in her second year as Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of Utah. She has previously served as Associate Vice President and Dean of Students. Credited with the capacity to build vibrant partnerships with major offices and academic units across campus, McDonald provides innovative leadership to a comprehensive Student Affairs Division that includes Housing & Residential Education, Student Development & Inclusion, Student Health & Wellness and the Office of the Dean of Students. She sits on the President’s Cabinet and the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs’ Academic Leadership Team. McDonald earned her doctorate from the University of Utah’s Department of Educational Leadership & Policy. She has a master’s degree in higher education and student affairs from The Ohio State University and a bachelor’s degree in biology, also from the U. This year of her tenure as Vice President marks the twenty-fourth year of service within the University of Utah’s Division of Student Affairs.

Amelia Parnell

Amelia Parnell
Vice President for Research and Policy, NASPA

Amelia Parnell is vice president for research and policy at NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, where she leads many of the Association’s scholarly and advocacy-focused activities. Amelia writes and speaks frequently about topics related to student affairs, college affordability, student learning outcomes, and institutions’ use of data and analytics. Amelia’s policy and practitioner experiences include prior roles in association management, legislative policy analysis, internal audit, and TRIO programs. Her research portfolio includes studies of leadership in higher education, with a focus on college presidents and vice presidents. She is the author of the forthcoming book, You Are a Data Person: Strategies for Using Analytics on Campus and a co-editor of the book, The Analytics Revolution in Higher Education: Big Data, Organizational Learning, and Student Success. Amelia currently serves on the board of directors for EDUCAUSE and is an advisor to several other higher education organizations. She holds a Ph.D. in higher education from Florida State University and masters and bachelor’s degrees in business administration from Florida A & M University. 

Eugene Anderson

Eugene Anderson
Vice President for External Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Association of Public & Land-Grant Universities

Eugene L. Anderson, Ph.D., currently serves as Vice President for External Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (EDEI) at the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). In this role, Dr. Anderson is responsible for the strategic direction and management of the Office of EDEI and for ensuring that APLU’s values of DEI are integrated into APLU’s external work. He also helps lead the APLU Council of 1890 Universities and the Commission on Access, Diversity, and Excellence (CADE). Dr. Anderson has published and spoken extensively on diversity in higher education and higher education trends including coauthoring The 2018 Status Report on Engineering Education. Dr. Anderson previously served as the Chief Policy Officer and Managing Vice President at the American Dental Education Association and in various roles at the American Council on Education (ACE). Dr. Anderson holds a doctorate in education policy and master’s in urban and environmental planning from the University of Virginia and a baccalaureate degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

Noe Ortega

Noe Ortega
Acting Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Education

Noe Ortega was nominated to serve as Secretary of Education in October 2020. Prior to his nomination, he had served as the Deputy Secretary and Commissioner for the Office of Postsecondary and Higher Education (OPHE) at the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE). As commissioner for higher education, he led the work of the agency aimed at closing the postsecondary attainment gaps that have persisted among historically underrepresented populations and communities of color in Pennsylvania. Additionally, Mr. Ortega facilitated the efforts of the department to improve the diversity of Pennsylvania’s educator workforce and to ensure that every student of the Commonwealth has access to educators who have been trained in culturally responsive and culturally relevant approaches to teaching and learning in the classroom.  

Prior to joining PDE, Mr. Ortega spent eight years at the University of Michigan, where he held several academic and administrative roles. During his tenure he worked as the Assistant Director and Senior Research Associate at the National Center for Institutional Diversity and as the Managing Director for the National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good. While most of his research focused on postsecondary access and success for all students, his most recent publications examine how public investment in higher education influences decision-making at colleges and universities. Additionally, Mr. Ortega spent nearly a decade working in the areas of financial aid and enrollment management at both public and private universities in Texas, and he also served as a P-16 Specialist for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Mr. Ortega also spent nearly seven years as director of a language institute in Japan where he trained teachers in the area of early childhood language acquisition.

Breakout Session Speakers

Elizabeth Kronk Warner

Elizabeth Kronk Warner
Dean, S.J. Quinney College of Law

Elizabeth Kronk Warner is Dean and Professor of Law at the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah. Dean Kronk Warner was formerly Associate Dean and Professor of Law at the University of Kansas School of Law, where she was also the Director of the Tribal Law and Government Center.  Kronk Warner also chaired the school’s faculty and staff diversity and inclusion committee, was an ex officio member of the student Dean’s Diversity Leadership Council and was president of the university’s Native Faculty and Staff Council. Kronk Warner previously was an active member of the Federal Bar Association, serving on its national board of directors. She is currently active in the American Bar Association, where she is co-chair of the Native American Resources Committee.  Kronk Warner is a nationally recognized expert in the intersection of environmental and Indian law. She has taught courses in property, Indian, environmental and natural resources law and supervised the school’s Tribal Judicial Support Clinic. Kronk Warner has received several teaching excellence awards, co-authored several books on environmental issues and Native Americans, and has 40 articles and book chapters to her credit. Kronk Warner, a citizen of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, served as an appellate judge for the tribe and as a district judge for the Prairie Band Potawatomi Tribe.   Kronk Warner received her juris doctorate from the University of Michigan Law School; she received her undergraduate degree in communication from Cornell University and also studied at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. She worked in private practice for several years before entering academia. Prior to joining the University of Kansas, Kronk Warner was a law professor at the University of Montana and Texas Tech.

Martell Teasley

Martell Teasley
Dean, College of Social Work

Martell L. Teasley is Dean of the College of Social Work at the University of Utah. He is in his second terms as president of the National Association of Deans and Directors of Social Work. Martell was Professor and Chair of the Department of Social Work in the College of Public Policy at the University of Texas at San Antonio from 2012 until 2017. As the lead investigator on the Social Work profession’s Grand Challenge to Eliminate Racism, his major areas of research interests are African American adolescent development, school social work practice, and diversity in social work education. He is the former Chair of the Social Work and Disaster Recovery Program at Florida State University College of Social Work. He served in the U.S. Army from 10 years and participated in the First Persian Gulf War as a Licensed Practical Nurse.  His education includes a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Fayetteville State University in North Carolina in 1994. He received a Master of Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia in 1996, and his doctorate in Social Work in 2002 from Howard University, located in Washington, DC.

Rachel Hayes-Harb

Rachel Hayes-Harb
Associate Dean, Undergraduate Studies

Rachel Hayes-Harb, Professor of Linguistics, studies bilingual speech processing. She directs the Speech Acquisition Lab, where she collaborates with undergraduate and graduate student researchers, and teaches undergraduate- and graduate level-courses on language acquisition, psycholingusitics, and research methods. She directs the University of Utah Office of Undergraduate Research, which provides undergraduate research advising, education events, research grants, and professional research opportunities for undergraduate students, as well as mentor development programming for faculty. The Office is committed to leveraging the cutting-edge research of our faculty to benefit all undergraduate students through high-quality mentored research experiences.

Jude McNeil

Jude McNeil
Director, Office for Inclusive Excellence

Deeply committed to make the best university climate and help students succeed, Jude McNeil leads intercultural professional development, climate assessment, and bias incident report collection from the Office for Inclusive Excellence.

Ray Burgman

Ray Burgman
Director of Programs and Research, HERS

Dr. Ray Burgman’s tenure at HERS is in its seventh year. Ray joined HERS as the Director of HERS Institute and now serves as the Director of Programs and Research. Ray has worked in public and independent higher education settings–community college, liberal arts college, and urban and metropolitan university. Her expertise in strategic leadership and program development fits well with current responsibilities for program service development and delivery, admission, and research and assessment at HERS. Prior to joining HERS, Ray was the Associate Provost at New College of Florida and Associate Professor of Economics and Management and Special Advisor to the President for Strategic Faculty Initiatives at DePauw University. Ray has a PhD and MA in Economics from the University of Florida and a BA in Economics from New College of Florida.

Tramaine Jones

Tramaine Jones
Student Success Advocate

Tramaine Jones is a Ph.D. student in Educational Leadership & Policy. Over the last decade, Tramaine’s academic career has been built around working with students — starting as a peer mentor to serving as a Student Success Advocate over the past 5 years.

Emma Houston

Emma E. Houston
Training Development Facilitator, Salt Lake County Government

Emma E. Houston will soon join the University of Utah as the Special Assistant to the Vice President for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion for Engagement and Program Development!

Emma E. Houston works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase awareness around diversity, inclusion and equity. Her work is designed to create inclusive spaces that celebrates, acknowledges, embraces and understands the overachieving umbrella of diversity, inclusion and equity. Emma helps organizations to define, implement, and advance diversity, equity, and inclusion to create a positive impact across the community.

Emma was employed with SLCo for 18 years and held various positions in Aging and Adult Services and was appointed as the Director of Diversity Affairs.  She is a longtime community advocate and volunteer who serves on several boards and commissions. Emma was appointed by Governor Herbert as the chair of the Utah MLK Jr. Human Rights Commission and serves on the state’s COVID-19 Task Force.

Emma recently accepted a position with the University of Utah as Special Assistant to the Vice President of EDI-Engagement and Program Development.

Emma holds a BS in Business Management and an MBA in Business Administration and is the owner and CEO of Brighter Day Productions, LLC.   In 2019, Emma was named one of the 30 Women to Watch for her work with diversity and inclusion by Utah Business Magazine and received acknowledgement for her diversity and inclusion work from Living Color Utah. In 2020,  Emma was featured in IMPACT Magazine as one of seven, Who’s Who Blacks in Utah.  

Emma is originally from Texas and has called Utah home since 1986.

Michelle Love-Day

Michelle Love-Day
Consultant, Jordan School District

Michelle Love-Day has been an educator for 19 years. She received her Bachelors in Education (K-8, Minor In Spanish), and Masters in Reading (K-12) from Bowling Green State University (Ohio), and a Masters in Education, Leadership, and Policy from the University of Utah (Utah). Her second language is Spanish and she studied abroad in Alacla, Spain. She taught in North Carolina for 3 years until relocating to Utah in 2005. She was a 2nd grade teacher, Literacy Coach, Principal for 7.5 years, and Associate Director of Educational Equity for 4 years. In March 2020, she began as Consultant for Jordan School District in the Educational Language Services, Teaching and Learning Department.

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.

Mrs. Love-Day serves on many Boards including the University of Utah College of Education Advancement Board, the Hale Centre Theater Board of Trustees, the Access to Justice Commission, and the Conviction Integrity Board. She enjoys acting on stage and in commercials (Talent Management Group) and is a member of the Actors Equity Association.

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.

Tino Diaz

Tino Diaz
Director, TRIO EOC
Utah Valley University

Tino Diaz is a PhD student at the University of Utah in ECS studying inclusion, Indigenous epistemologies of relationality, and social movements. He has a partner and two boys. He is also the director of TRIO EOC at Utah Valley University.

Candida Duran Taveras

Candida Duran Taveras
Documentary Filmmaker & Birth Worker, Sunlight Vida

Candida Duran Taveras is a plus-size, Afro-Caribeña womxn living in West Valley City, UT. She has a B.A. in Film & Media Arts and her life currently revolves around Reproductive & Birth Justice work with an emphasis on documenting and honoring Birthing People of Color. She is an award-winning filmmaker, an artist, a birth worker, and a mother.   

Bryan

Bryan Hubain
Associate Vice President for Student Development & Inclusion

Dr. Hubain is a member of the Student Affairs Leadership Team and provides supervisory oversight to the departments of Basic Needs Center, Career & Professional Development Center, Financial Wellness Center, LGBT Resource Center, TRIO, Veterans Support Center, and Women’s Resource Center. Dr. Hubain also serves on various University committees.

Ivy Farguheson

Ivy Farguheson
Assistant Principal, Utah International Charter School

Ivy Farguheson, an Afro-Latina from the Boston area, is a PhD student at the University of Utah in the Department of Education, Culture & Society. Her research interests include antiracist education, the role of schools on Afro-Latinx racialization and Afro-Latinx history.

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.

Let’s Get Started

But I Didn’t Mean It Like That: Recognizing and Responding to Bias and Microaggressions

Jude McNeil
Director, Office for Inclusive Excellence

Microaggressions occur daily on college campuses. In this interactive workshop, we discuss what microaggressions are, examine their impact, and engage in strategic practices of challenging such discourses.

Let’s Get Started

A Conversation about Engagement with Racism

Tramaine Jones, M.A.Ed.
Student Success Advocate

Designed for different levels of comfort, this session invites folks to maximize on a conversation about their engagement levels with racism as professionals, students, faculty, and staff. Topics of discussion will include how to be anti-racist and how to further this conversation into the campus community.

Let’s Get Started

Representations around AfroLatinidad: Speaking Back to Speak Within

Tino Diaz,
Director, TRIO EOC
Utah Valley University

Candida Duran Taveras,
Documentary Filmmaker & Birth Worker
Sunlight Vida

Ivy Farguheson,
Assistant Principal, Utah International Charter School

The era of Black Lives Matter has introduced waves of critical discussions around power and identity in multiple BIPOC communities. While Blackness is no stranger to Latinidad, its influence and importance are being engaged along activist conversations on immigration policy, police brutality, reproductive health and justice in both Latin America and the US, and imploding the expectations of Latina/o/x identity. These conversations are not new, but they are beginning to demand attention within educational institutions that not only seek recognition for inequality, but pursue the hidden narratives of AfroLatinidad and a meaningful liberatory politic for Latina/o/x peoples. The panelists will share their personal experiences and historical significance of Blackness and Latinidad.

Hear Us

Storytelling for Womxn Building New Tables (and Disrupting Systemic Racism)

Ray Burgman, PhD MA
Director of Programs and Research, Higher Education Resource Services (HERS)

This online, interactive synchronous session—developed and delivered by a Black woman postsecondary leader—explores how our stories create space and a sense of belonging. The co-created learning space is for all with the experiences of womxn foregrounded.

In womxn’s leadership development, storytelling is prominent in how we think about the world around us and how we make decisions. The stories provide truth, meaning, and empowerment. There are stories we have told, ones we hold, and those we mold. The way we present our stories, our narrative—can serve as a connector and bridge to others and change oneself and the organizations we navigate. The course objectives are to craft narratives which: 1) help us better articulate our strengths and future aspirations; 2) present our most authentic and holistic version of who we are and seek to be as accountability partners and organizational stewards; and 3) encourage the organization to live its mission, uphold its values and see us—its people—as a significant asset.

Hear Us

Hear Us

Emma E. Houston
Training Development Facilitator, Human Resources; Salt Lake County Government

Can you hear us America? BIPOC are calling in America in every possible way — in the streets, in the courts, in political campaigns, in city and state government offices, and in schools, using every possible platform and digital media.

Join the conversation to discuss how we can collectively disrupt the cycle of inequality and disparate treatment that are proven facts in the daily lives of most BIPOC and are seen by white America as an inconvenience.

Hear Us

Grappling with Racial Justice: A Much Needed Conversation with Colleagues

Bryan Hubain
Associate Vice President for Student Development & Inclusion

This session is intended for participants who are professionally and/or personally working through conversations about racial justice, what it means, and how to begin the work. Participants will discuss topics emerging in offices and difficulties associated with entering conversations about racial justice. This session will present some challenges for entering conversations, which participants can expand on. The ultimate goal of this session is to become familiar with having conversations and developing a personal plan that can help you take next steps in operationalizing ideas that aim to address issues around race and social justice.

Moving the Needle

Anti-Racism Beyond the Classroom

Rachel Hayes-Harb
Professor, Linguistics
Associate Dean, Undergraduate Studies
Director, Office of Undergraduate Research & Capstone Programs

The University of Utah offers a wide range of extra-curricular and co-curricular opportunities for student engagement and learning, including learning communities, undergraduate research, and community-engaged learning, among others. In this breakout session, a panel of campus leaders will discuss ways in which the U has leveraged these opportunities to address inequities on our campus, as well the work ahead of us in our pursuit of anti-racist policy and programming beyond the classroom.

Panelists

  • Stephanie Michelle Shiver
  • Monisha Pasupathi
  • Dean McGovern
  • Linda Paternina

Moving the Needle

Creating Space to Discuss Race and Racism

Elizabeth Kronk Warner
Dean, S.J. Quinney College of Law

Martell Teasley
Dean, College of Social Work

Dean Teasley (Social Work) and Dean Kronk Warner (Law) launched a regular series on race and racism in collaboration with the Alumni Association this past summer. The discussions are open to all members of our campus community and alumni. Attendance has been very high, as hundreds attend the sessions in-person, and many more have watched the Youtube videos of the events. Dean Teasley and Dean Kronk Warner will discuss: 1) why they wanted to launch these conversations about race and racism; 2) what they think has worked well and what might be improved upon; and, 3) they will speculate about why the conversations may have been a success.

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.

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.

Organizer

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

https://diversity.utah.edu