Shaping a Better Future Town Hall Series Continues

The Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is continuing our yearlong virtual series, Shaping a Better Future: Dialogues and Strategizing for Change, into the new year. Please join us in discussing the Black American Experience, the Asian American Experience, the Trans Experience, and other topics throughout the spring. We are happy to have Sandra Morgan, Director of Outreach Programs in the College of Arts and Sciences, to serve as our moderator for the upcoming events.

The series is a collaborative effort and includes the following: the College of Arts and Sciences, the Jewish Studies Program, the Department of Pan-African Studies, the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, the Women’s Center, the LGBTQ+ Center, the Latino Networking Caucus and the School of Theatre and Dance.

As a reminder, this new series of town halls focuses on identity, understanding and change, exploring the diversity of the American experience. Below is a list of upcoming town halls:


Friday, Jan. 29, from noon-2 p.m. – Teach-in: Gandhi, MLK, Advocacy and Social Change
Register in advance for this webinar:
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0kf-GtpzMuEtVPguAjwmkRqUA4cYWlEPSu

This Teach-in will look at the philosophy of MLK's advocacy for social change and his impact on local actors in the Civil Rights Movement as they attempted to address issues around economic and social justice.

Discussants:

  • Uma Krishnan, Professor, Department of English
  • George Garrison, Emeritus Professor, Department of Pan-African Studies
  • Elizabeth Smith-Pryor, Associate Professor, Department of History

Thursday, Feb. 18, from noon-1:30 p.m. – The Black American Experience
Register in advance for this webinar:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Sq0JaopTRea_yo44RTKF_w

Discussants:

  • Mwatabu Okantah, Associate Professor, Department of Pan-African Studies
  • Gene Shelton, M.A., Professor, School of Media and Journalism
  • Kamesha Spates, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology

Thursday, March 11, from 4-5:30 p.m. – The Asian American Experience
Register in advance for this webinar:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Y1hSbZ0GT5-9Kn64hQz5fg

Discussants:

  • Brian Hayashi, Professor, Department of History
  • Yuko Kurahashi, Professor, School of Theatre and Dance
  • Donna Lee, Professor, Hugh A. Glauser School of Music
  • Rekha Sharma, Associate Professor, School of Communication Studies

Thursday, March 25, from 4-5:30 p.m. – KSU’s Legacy of Advocating for Change: Gender, Race and Sex
Register in advance for this webinar:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ZLGpT8rpQcOHVUQEIcIOZA

Discussants:

  • Dianne Kerr, Emeritus Professor, Health Sciences
  • Denise Harrison, Associate Lecturer, Department of English
  • Suzanne Holt, Professor, Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality
  • Cassandra Peggy-Kirby, Director, Women’s Center
  • Ken Ditlevson, Director, LGBTQ+ Center
  • Erica Pelz, Facilities Mechanical Systems Specialist for Laboratories/FP&O Training Coordinator
  • Charmaine Crawford, Associate Professor, Department of Pan-African Studies

Wednesday, April 21, at 4 p.m. – The Trans Experience
Register in advance for this webinar:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_zLBUaqqASIaXaeb_-8ypcA

 

Discussants:

  • GPat Patterson, Assistant Professor, Department of English, Kent State Tuscarawas
  • Erica Pelz, Facilities Mechanical Systems Specialist for Laboratories/FP&O Training Coordinator
  • Morgan Woodin, Admissions Counselor, Kent State Ashtabula


Recordings of previous town halls are linked below:

If you have any questions, please contact us at 330-672-2442 or diversity@kent.edu

We hope you will join us.

Sincerely,

Amoaba Gooden, Ph.D.
Interim Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Chair, Department of Pan-African Studies