Shaping a Better Future: Dialogues and Strategizing for Change Hosts First Series

The Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is proud to announce a new virtual series, Shaping a Better Future: Dialogues and Strategizing for Change. Dialogues and Strategizing for Change is part of a yearlong series focusing on social justice topics to combat racism (i.e., anti-racism), homophobia, gender-related oppression (i.e., sexism, transphobia, etc.), anti-Semitism and ableism/accessibility. These intentionally focused events will occur in an interactive, virtual town hall format as previous events led by the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

In August 2020, Dialogues and Strategizing for Change hosted the first series, which focused on racism. These town halls are available to be viewed online on our new resource page.

Topics included:

  • Anti-racism efforts at Kent State
  • Supporting Black, Indigenous and students of color
  • Building allyship skills
  • Black, Indigenous and people of color strategizing for change 

Below is a description of each town hall:

Shaping a Better Future for Kent State

  • Facilitated by:
    • President Todd Diacon
    • Amoaba Gooden, Ph.D., Interim Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
    • Lamar R. Hylton, Ph.D., Vice President for Student Affairs

Skill Building and Best Practices in Allyship

  • Facilitated by:
    • Michael Daniels, M.A., Director of the Student Multicultural Center
    • Carla Goar, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Sociology
    • Julie Mazzei, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Political Science 
    • Yvonna Washington-Greer, M.P.A., Assistant Vice President for Equity, Identity and Success, Division of Student Affairs

Supporting Black, Indigenous and Students of Color in the Classroom

  • Facilitated by:
    • Gregory King, M.F.A, Assistant Professor of Dance
    • Jennifer Marcinkiewicz, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning and Associate Professor of Biological Sciences
    • Christa J. Porter, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Higher Education Administration

Supporting Black, Indigenous and Students of Color Out of the Classroom

  • Facilitated by:
    • N.J. Akbar, Ph.D., Assistant Dean for Academic Diversity Success 
    • Tina Bhargava, Dr.P.H., Associate Professor in the College of Public Health

Black, Indigenous, Staff and Faculty of Color Strategizing for Change

  • Facilitated by: 
    • Kizzy Albritton, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of School Psychology
    • Janice A. Byrd, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Counselor Education and Supervision
    • Marquis Davis, M.A., Project Coordinator, Equity and Diversity Training, Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
    • Lashonda M. Taylor, M.S., Executive Director of University Events and Protocol

 

Please send any questions to diversity@kent.edu.

We look forward to hearing from you and engaging with all areas within the university to create sustainable change. 

Sincerely,

Amoaba Gooden, Ph.D.
Interim Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

POSTED: Tuesday, August 25, 2020 - 10:26am
UPDATED: Tuesday, August 25, 2020 - 10:26am
WRITTEN BY:
Amoaba Gooden, Ph.D.