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Workshop Session B

Workshop Session B (1:00-2:00)

B1:Facing Race, Embracing Equity: Exploring the Impact of Race on Jobs and Economic Development, Housing, Health Disparities, Education, and Juvenile and Criminal Justice
Members of the Facing Race, Embracing Equity initiative have been exploring the impact of Race in these areas for the past year and have proposed goals to address these concerns. We will engage in dialogue about racial disparities and their impact on the lives of people of color and minorities in our community.  Participants will work in small groups to provide feedback on the goals.

Presenters: Kathy Sweetland, retired University Intercessor; Members of Facing Race, Embracing Equity (FREE) workgroups

B2: Who and What is White?  Developing anti-racist practices for Whiteschin
There is no biological basis or scientific support for racial categories.  Race is a social construct.  But what does that mean?  In this workshop we discuss the meaning of Whiteness as a first step in an anti-racist practice.  We then consider micro-aggressions non-Whites must negotiate and how Whites can intervene.

Presenters:Nancy Chin, Anthropologist and Public Health Scientist; Daniel J. Cohn, Program, Research, and Evaluation Specialist for Engaged Learning + Research at Cornell; Jocelyn Kopfman, Student at College of Wooster

B3: "I just like the look of it": Flying the Confederate Flag on Campus
Long a symbol of their cultural heritage, a Confederate flag on campus has exposed a crack in the University of Rochester's efforts at diversifying the student body, and sent a telling message to Southerners: Confederates not welcome!  In this session, participants will engage in a discussion about the growing (and sometimes uncomfortable) diversity of diversity.

Presenters: Larry Hudson, Associate Professor of History; Ellen W. Rogers, Photographer (Class of '93)

B4:Successful Federal [NSF & NIH] Proposals: Creating a Winning Broadening Participation Plan
Federal agencies have increased expectations that investigators will engage the broader community, particularly underrepresented groups, in efforts to expand the pipeline of students into STEM fields. Investigators can tie into current AS&E infrastructure to create meaningful, sustainable, and impactful links to K-12, college and graduate efforts to increase diversity and expand their scientific outreach.  Through group exercise, participants will learn about ways to connect their scientific and engineering research with on-going institutional efforts, particularly in the Kearns Center and AS&E, whose focus is the development of a diverse pipeline of talent.

Presenters: Beth Olivares, Associate Dean for Diversity Initiatives and Director of the David T. Kearns Center for Leadership and Diversity; and Wendi Heinzelman, Dean of Graduate Studies in Arts, Sciences and Engineering and Professor of both Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science

B5: I Don’t Believe In Diversity Anymore
In a critique of the post-racial implications of “diversity,” this workshop challenges supporters to define diversity outside of race, while charging non-supporters to engage in discussions of alternative diversity-related possibilities. This workshop will emotionally and intellectually move individuals to a revolutionary way of addressing diversity, while allowing them to collectively define its impact at the University of Rochester and the surrounding communities.  Through spoken word and audience participation, this engaging workshop will incite passion, hope, excitement, but more importantly - change.

Presenters:Xavier Beckwith, Master’s student in Education Policy; Graduate Students of Color (GSOC) Council members

B6: Gifting, Helping and Indebted Bodies: Or, Is It Violence—By Another Name?
In this session, the presenter will rehabilitate the reigning perception of violence to include gifting, helping and reciprocity in ranked, asymmetrical social contexts (e.g.: The United States of America).  The workshop will focus on what is critical-- albeit partially hidden and/or misrecognized-- in gifting, giving, and helping: gratitude and obligation.  Examples will focus on structural or state-sanctioned rather than individual (one-on-one) violence.

Presenter: Signithia Fordham, Associate Professor of Anthropology

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