Past Events

2021 Juneteenth Event

Hello DLT #BLM Social Justice and Advocacy Series Folx,

Our deepest gratitude is extended to all of you who were able to engage in our Juneteenth: Looking Back, Looking Forward event yesterday. As we planned this event at the closing of the 2020-2021 school year, we reflected on our appreciation for the time, energy, and dedication you all committed to social justice work. We look forward to continuing this work over the next year. We would like to name the people who made this event a success and share the materials with you all (if you missed the event, it is not too late to participate):

  • Juneteenth Slide Deck link and Video (Check out our Youtube Channel and website for other event recordings)
  • Solidarity statement and website: Tommy Royston grounded the event by outlining the intentions of our solidarity statement “We, as a social justice collective of educational leaders, are committed to uplifting and providing a better quality of life for our community.”
  • Looking back at the last year and creation of the event flyer: Zulema Reynoso reminded us of the different events over the last year where we provided spaces for discourse, learning, reflecting, and healing. She challenged us to commit to addressing this “unfinished work.”
  • Michelle Coleman asked us to approach this work with radical empathy (Wilkerson, 2020) using the Courageous Conversation Compass (Singleton & Linton, 2005)
  • Mabelle Reynoso (website support) shared norms for creating a brave space for dialogue and Tre Watkins, Tiffany Cunningham, Gabriel Nuñez-Soria for volunteered to facilitate discussions.
  • Raketa Ouedraogo-Thomas guided us in our first breakout discussions where we examined different quotes about the “truth problem” in the United States. She then asked us to reflect on the quote and the Courageous Conversation Compass. She then moved us into the Past and Future ThingLink on Black Massacres and allowed us to explore events beyond the Tulsa Massacre. We invite you to take time individually to continue learning.
  • Michelle and Zulema invited us to write our commitments to social justice work on the Jamboard: “I am committed to” and Mabelle reminded us about committing with radical empathy.

  • Jennifer Manglicmot shared resources you can check out:
  • Closing Remarks from Dean Joi Spencer: June 19, 1865 marked the official end to the nightmare of American slavery. While the African American community has celebrated Juneteenth for over a century; this year, the holiday has become federally recognized! National recognition of Juneteenth does two things. First, it acknowledges that slavery happened in this nation. There is no other national recognition of slavery in the United States, even though the institution was with us for well over 150 years prior to the official founding of the country in 1776. Acknowledgement is significant because it is the foundation of restoration. Secondly, national recognition of Juneteenth allows others to mourn and celebrate alongside the African American community. Slavery brutalized Black Americans for over 400 years. The need for healing is great. National healing becomes possible when we weep with those who weep, mourn with those who mourn and remember with those who remember. Justice is an action. I am particularly proud of the students in the Education for Social Justice doctoral program because that justice does not come by wishes or hopes only, but rather by consistent and persistent thinking  strategizing and working. I hope that each of you takes some time to celebrate Juneteenth this year and that it provides a space of remembrance, restoration, and healing for the journey that is ahead. 

Happy Juneteenth! 

For those of you in San Diego, Dr. Ana Estrada recommended this Juneteenth event today at Balboa Park at 1pm. For more information check out the Balboa Park website.

In solidarity,

DLT #BLM Social Justice and Advocacy Series Planning Team

 

Spring 2021 Events

April: Unearthing Greater Healing Consciousnes

Thank you to those who joined our healing space on Friday, April 23rd, where we were actively “Unearthing Greater Healing Consciousness within the BLM Movement.” We want to thank the planning team: our DLT PhD students Tomay Douglas, Zulema Reynoso, and Jennifer Manglicmot and the faculty Dr. Rebekka Jez, Dr. Joseph Lathan, and our closing speaker, Dr. James Fabionar.

This event was centered around the healing portion of our solidarity statement. Jennifer led us in a breathing exercise followed by introducing the short video that “unearthed biases” using comedy. Next, Tomay performed her untitled poem that she wrote in response to the #metoo and #BLM movements that still applies today. She then guided us in getting to the root of our biases using “Unearthing Greater Healing Consciousness” Activity (much gratitude goes to Tomay for developing the activity and Zulema our artistic designer). After everyone had a time to reflect on biases, perceptions, beliefs, or myths and where they came from while music played in the background (songs by Roy Hargrove and the RH Factor and Robert Glasper Experiment), Zulema prepared us creating a brave space for speaking our truth and discussing what came up for each of us during the video, poem, and activity. You can watch the share out in our video of the event. Jennifer shared the resources we curated for folks to begin a healing practice. Dr. Lathan introduced the TED Talk Jenee Johnson gave to discuss Sankofa (to go back and reclaim). Finally, Dr. James Fabionar gave an eloquent closing to our event where he challenges us to think deeply about what it means to frame social justice work in healing.

This first year of DLT #BLM Social Justice and Advocacy series has been a powerful space for sharing lived experiences, deconstructing narratives, dialoguing about ways we can be change agents within our communities, empowering expression through the arts, and holding each other in healing spaces. We continue to be called to live out social justice within our actions.

And it is for these reasons we invite you to join the 2021-2022 DLT #BLM Social Justice and Advocacy Series Planning team! To give us feedback on the series and to sign up to be part of future planning, please complete this form!

Word cloud from closing prompt, write a note about what this space has given you over the past year:

2020-21 Word Cloud

 

March: Everyday Intersectionality

What a phenomenal month of DLT #BLM Social Justice and Advocacy events! On March 12th we had the premier of the “Everyday Intersectionality: Dissecting the Intersection” video –don’t worry if you missed it, it is on demand!– where Josh Campbell (“the collision of identities”), Vei Tsalikis (“in my uniform the Black is covered by the Blue”), and Michelle Mariglioano (“historical storytelling had taught them about power, position, and preservation”) shared their experiences of intersectionality.

This was followed on March 19th with our “Everyday Intersectionality: Panel and Workshop.” We began with a moment of silence for our Asian and Pacific Islander Community and to honor the lives of Delaina Ashley Yaun, Xiaojie Tan, Daoyou Feng, Soon C. Park, Hyun Jung Grant, Suncha Kim, Yong A. Yue, and Paul Andre Michels. We honor the words from our panelist, Dr. Chanelle Wilson and Mr. Matthew Morris. Please see our solidarity statement for a complete list of our intentions. We encourage you to listen to Dr. Wilson shares how “it’s [her] time” and the impact of “dropping a seed” to encourage growth. Mr. Morris’ poetic share on his “awareness” of his lived experience and his push to engage others in sitting with discomfort through listening- such powerful and inspirational educators! Next, we broke out into groups to answer: What does intersectionality mean to you? How does it show up in your everyday life? We invite you to add to the resources we gathered in Everyday Intersectionality Resources

We want to extend our gratitude to everyone who worked together on these powerful events:

  • Dissecting the Intersection Video Panel: Vei Tsalikis, Josh Campbell, Michelle Marigliano
  • Everyday Intersectionality Speakers: Dr. Chanelle Wilson (Assistant Professor, Bryn Mawr/Haverford University), Matthew Morris (Director of Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity, Lewisville ISD), Myeshia Whigham (PhD Student), and the closing by Dr. Reyes Quezada (DLT Chair)
  • DLT #BLM March Planning Committee: Michelle Coleman (PhD Student), Raketa Ouedra0go-Thomas (PhD Student), Lindsay Roberts (Community Affiliate), Zulema Reynoso (PhD Student), Adan Escobedo (PhD Student), Dr. Rebekka Jez (DLT Faculty), and Dr. Joseph Lathan (DLT Faculty)

Word cloud from the 3/19 event chat:

3/19 Word Cloud

 

Fall Events

Summer Events

  • STEM TEACHER LEADERSHIP NETWORK: Race, Equity and Mathematics Education (August 11 at 3pm edt/12pm pst. This panel discussion will address where we are and where we need to go in the mathematics education of African American K12 students. We will move beyond a discussion of the achievement gap and instead focus on how best to promote African American student success, curiosity and engagement in mathematics. Participants should be prepared to explore:- Instructional practices that impede and those that promote African American mathematics learners – Mathematics Identity Development of African American students – The racialized experiences of African American learners in mathematics- Culture in the mathematics classroom. Register Here
  • Juneteenth Town Meeting: (June 18 at 5pm) Join us for a virtual conversation to share how we as faculty and students of the DLT envision ourselves in relation to this solidarity statement letter–in our hearts, minds, and actions? Help us curate a social justice calendar of actions for the 2020-2021 school year.
  • Book Club: (July 8 at 5pm) We invite you to join the DLT book club. We will be reading and discussing Robin DiAngelo’s book White Fragility.
  • BLM Artistic Expression Salon at the DLT Summer Research Symposium: (July 20 at 3pm) Join the masters students research symposium where we will feature a keynote speaker (TBD), #BLM Artistic Expression Salon, and recommendations from Black Owned Bookstores. We ask you to submit your #BLM artistic expression to this event (poems, songs, paintings, etc.)!

 

July 20th: #BLM Artistic Expression Salon Call

In the spirit of our #BLM Social Justice Advocacy Series, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences (SOLES) and the Department of Learning and Teaching (DLT) held our 1st Artistic Expression Salon. Artists shared their artistic expression based on the following themes: Celebration, Unity, Advocacy, Reactionary, Action, and Personal Expression.

We are so grateful to all the artists who joined us yesterday at the #BLM Artistic Expression Salon: Joshua Kimble, James Philips, and Cecelia Kouma from the Playwrights Project; Ezra Soul, Marybel Martin, Stephanie Stigliano, Kamala Kavati, Jean Cornell Wheat, Peggy Peattie, CJ Maloney, Heena Lodhai, Mailyah and Myah Spencer, Viviana Alexandrowicz, Graciela Muñoz, and Dr. Joseph Lathan. Thank you for providing a glimpse into present experiences and historical events through your art. As James alluded to, this truly a “wicked problem” that will only be solved with systemic change at all levels. Our event brought us together to witness the energy being focused on creating real change through expression–from sharing personal and community experiences using different mediums (photography, paintings, grassroots posters, and mixed media) and performing arts (plays, poems, and videos). You emulated activism within our communities and online platforms. You are all making a difference!

We appreciate Interim of SOLES, Dean Joi Spencer, and Dr. Kristopher Hall from the Department of Counseling & Marriage and Family Therapy for framing our event with their thoughts and experiences. Thank you to Zulema Reynoso, Adan Escobedo, and Aaron Adkins for leading the development of the event and facilitating the interactions with the artists. And a special thanks to Sergio Rodriguez for assisting with the creation of the PhD in Education for Social Justice website

Here are the materials from the event:

July 8th: White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism (DiAngelo, 2018)

We are so grateful for the participation in the book club on White Fragility! Here are links to the uploaded

  • video of the group discussions
  • slidedeck, from the event
  • chat box reflections shared by participants

We would like to thank everyone who showed up for our brave conversation!

June 18th: Juneteenth DLT #BLM Town Hall Meeting

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The Juneteenth #BLM Town Hall was attended by 68 students, faculty members, support people, and affiliates of SOLES. We would like to extend our gratitude for those who guided us through the event. The event began with welcome by Department Chair Quezada and Associate Dean Spencer; opening messages by Dr. Lathan and Michelle Coleman, PhD in Education for Social Justice student; circle norms were outlined by Myeshia Whigham (PhD in Education for Social Justice student); and breakout discussion groups were led by: Zulema Reynoso (PhD student), Gabriel Nunez-Soria (PhD student), Raketa Oeudraogo-Thomas (PhD student), Mario Echeverria (PhD student), Adan Escobedo (PhD student), Jennifer Manglicmot (PhD student), Dr. Lathan (Professor of Practice), Kelly Leon (PhD student), Myeshia Whigham (PhD student), and Aaron Adkins (MCC2); and Dr. Jez facilitated the share out of the 10 breakout groups. Students highlighted the next steps of the action plan and Dr. Quezada, Dr. Jez, and Dr. Lathan closed out the event.

Group discussions themes (check out the link to Juneteenth slidedeck for more information from each group):

  • Juneteenth- didn’t know, new learning about history, dismantle the narratives with counter-narratives, identity, continual learning (especially for White folks), dilution of events and movements in American education system, needs to be a national holiday
  • Appreciation- for the space to dialogue, healing, statement resonated with all departments–centered those most affected, identified whtie supremacy ideology, defined terms, connection between capitalism and racism
  • Hope- working collaboratively, recent Supreme Court decisions, movements, community, destruction can be a form of creation, learning from others, young people are willing to learn, people educating themselves, let’s build on momentum
  • White privilege- being able to step away or avoid, wanting to be allies, need patience and grace to do the work, White folks get defensive, we all need to know about racial injustice in order to have conversations about it and hold the space for our students
  • Living the narrative- Infuse BLM and anti-racist work into SOLES, social media, change agents means action, collaborate in different communities, how to internalize and disrupt, critically analyze SOLES practices (admission, curriculum, student experience, guest speakers, names of buildings), how to present self, how will support teachers going into political spaces? how will we continue this work? How can we model transparency (risk vulnerability)? how do we move this work into the community? co-conspirators (vs. ally), resources/suggestions for future work

Resources:

Thank you for all you do to answer the call to stay in the room and continue to do the work!