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The Patton College of Education at Ohio University has initiated an educational anti-racist series. The goal is to enhance knowledge about racist and anti-racist behaviors among citizens of the university and global communities. These sessions feature educators and industry leaders from diverse backgrounds but who all have the same passion for improving the culture that threatens our communities and nation.
This series is free and open to the public and will be hosted on Microsoft Teams Live. Preregistration is not required.
Additional details and the viewing links will be posted here as soon as they are finalized.
The themes for the upcoming sessions are:
- Monday, November 16: Anti-racism on Campus: Lifting Student Voices
This Microsoft Teams live session highlights the perspectives of today’s undergraduate students on the issue of racism in society today. The diverse group of student panelists will describe their perspectives in regard to race, and they will discuss ways in which their views and commitments have been shaped by their college experiences.
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Recordings from the previous sessions are viewable on the Patton College YouTube channel:
- The Black Male Experience: Academic and Professional Worlds (presented Sept. 14)
The panel features Dr. Robert Murphy, Patton College alumnus and administrator of Columbus City Schools; Dr. Jason Rawls, Patton College alumnus and resource coordinator at Columbus City Schools; Lindsey Ladd, director, Patton College Data Analytics and Academic Technology Center; Marcquis Parham, CLDC’s assistant director of career and leadership development; and Dr. Akil Houston, associate professor of African American Studies in the College of Arts & Sciences. The moderator is Dr. Duane Bruce, interim assistant director of Multicultural Programs & Multicultural Center. And the convener is Dr. Beth VanDerveer, chair of The Patton College’s Human and Consumer Sciences Department.
- Advocacy & Allyship: Every Day, Not Just When it is Trending (presented Sept. 28)
#BlackLivesMatter, #SayHerName, and #RacialJustice have all become popular hashtags, but what does advocacy and allyship look like every day? This session will discuss active allyship and challenge participants to recognize and speak up against racism. Panelists Brandi Baker, co-founder, Athens Parents for Racial Equality; Tyrone Carr, director, Alumni Diversity Initiatives/Racial Equity Coalition of Athens; Dr. Winsome Chunnu, director, Diversity and Inclusion; and Dr. Sarah Garlington, assistant professor, Department of Social Work/Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ).will discuss anti-racist activism on our campus and in our community.
- Brothers RISE: Recruiting African American Males into the Teaching Profession Through Hip-Hop Education (presented Oct. 12)
This session will focus on the under-representation of African American Males in the Teaching Profession. Panelists will discuss their participation in The Patton College Brothers RISE initiative to recruit and retain African American males and the innovative Hip-Hop OHIO Patton Education [HOPE] program. The session will conclude with brainstorming suggestions for what each one of us can do to address the serious under-representation of African American male teachers in our public schools.
- Black Women's Academic and Professional Experiences (presented Oct. 26)
The panel is composed of African American women in academicia who who will share their experiences, challenges faced, and strategies that are useful when navigating their professional lives in light of increased racial unrest in our contry. The panelists will also discuss how racism has influenced their academic and professional growth. Finally, the panelists will provide anti-racist education resources to assist those who wish to dismantle racist behaviors, practices, and policies.
- The (Mis)Representation of People of Color in Research (presented Nov. 9)
This session features a panel discussion on how People of Color are represented, or misrepresented, in research. Panel members shared experiences where they were asked to alter parts of their identity for their research, how they intentionally honor the identities of People of Color through their work, and more.
Join us for this critical discussion!