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Diversity Month 2021

March 1, 2021 - March 31, 2021

Diversity Month 2021: A World Intertwined

“Addressing Microaggressions” presented by ATLE

March 3rd, 2021, 12 – 1 pm

This virtual ATLE Lunch and Learn event will be an opportunity for faculty to learn about microaggressions, or as psychologist Derald Wing Sue puts it, “The everyday slights, indignities, put-downs and insults that people of color, women, LGBT populations or those who are marginalized experience in their day-to-day interactions with people.” Participants will engage in an honest and productive conversation on how to deal with microaggressions in the classroom and use them as teaching moments. Panelists include:

  • Laura Barrio-Vilar, Associate Professor of English
  • Tim Edwards, Professor of Mass Communication
  • Jennifer Hune, Associate Professor of Special Education
  • Lakeshia Jones, Associate Professor of Mathematics
  • David Montague, Professor of Criminal Justice

All faculty are encouraged and invited to attend. This event will earn you 10 points toward your next ATLE award.

Please RSVP to Addressing Microaggressions by completing this online form.

Join Addressing Microaggressions via Zoom

Zoom room opens at 11:45 a.m.

“Disability and Diversity” presented by Reed Claiborne

March 4, 2021, 12 – 1 pm

Disability is part of the human condition that is in fact a part of diversity. More often it is our constructed environments and cultural views that create the disabling conditions that exclude belonging and/or participation. In this presentation, we will discuss disability and what frames our perceptions from the legal definitions, media portrayals, historical treatments, and more.

Register for Disability and Diversity via Zoom

Zoom link will be sent upon registration.

“Anti-Blackness, Social Feelings, and Public Policy: 1954-2020” presented by Cooper Honors Program, English Department

March 4, 2021, 5 – 6:30 pm

Dr. Lisa Corrigan, Associate Professor of Communication and Director of the Gender Studies Program at the University of Arkansas, will talk about her latest book, “Black Feelings: Race, Affect, and the Long Sixties” (2020). By examining the discourses produced by Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Stokely Carmichael, Huey Newton, Eldridge Cleaver, and other Black Power icons who were marshaling black feelings in the service of black political action, Dr. Corrigan traces how black liberation activists mobilized new emotional repertoires.

Join Anti-Blackness, Social Feelings, and Public Policy via Zoom

For more information, contact Dr. Laura Barrio-Vilar.

“Building Collaborative Relationships to Improve Race Relations” presented by Gerald Driskill, Rebecca Glazier, and Kirk Leach

March 9, 2021, 10 – 11 am

The Little Rock Congregation Study (LRCS) involves an interdisciplinary research team that engages students in conducting applied research to serve the community. This panel will discuss race relations findings from our Fall 2020 survey with 35 congregations. Our findings will be placed in the context of past community based research. In addition, in partnership with the Clinton School of Public service for Spring 2021, we present their process of facilitating community dialogues on key issues that surfaced in the survey, many of which involve race. This panel discussion will involve quantitative data, qualitative data, and community perspectives from such community initiatives as “Race under Grace,” an on-going effort to improve relationships between houses of faith divided by race.

Join Building Collaborative Relationships to Improve Race Relations via Zoom

“Modern Warriors of World War I: American Indians in the Great War” presented by Erin Fehr

March 10, 2021, 12 – 1 pm

Approximately 12,000 American Indians and Alaska Natives served in the US military during World War I. Since 2018, the Sequoyah National Research Center has sought to identify all 12,000 through a project titled Modern Warriors of World War I that was supported by the US World War I Centennial Commission. This program will discuss the project development and the efforts SNRC has taken to work with tribes and individuals, conduct research across the US, and honor the legacy of these warriors.

Register for Modern Warriors of World War I via Zoom

Zoom link will be sent upon registration.

“New Funds for Minority Businesses in Little Rock” presented by Pamela Reed, Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center

March 11, 2021, 2 – 3:30 pm

This panel discussion will feature minority resource partners to discuss the new funding opportunities available in Little Rock for minority businesses.

Register for New Funds for Minority Businesses in Little Rock via eCenter Direct

“We Sing! A Celebration of Women’s Heritage” presented by Lorissa Mason, UA Little Rock Choirs

March 14, 2021, 3 – 5 pm

UA Little Rock Choirs will host a live-streamed performance celebrating Women’s Heritage Month on March 14, 2021 at 3pm. The 19th Amendment was ratified on August 18, 2020, granting women the right to vote in the United States. Now, 100 years later, we have our first woman Vice President in office. This program celebrates the inspiration, the journey, and the future of women and their role in society and politics. The program includes historically informed music performed by the UA Little Rock Women’s Chorus, poetry reading, a special musical oratory presentation featuring Dr. Linda Holzer and Dr. Yslan Hicks, and an invited speaker with commentary on notable women of the suffrage movement.

YouTube Livestream: We Sing! A Celebration of Women’s Heritage

“Putting the Pieces Together: A look at how Universal Design for Learning, Open Educational Resources, and Affordable Learning Content work together to benefit students and faculty” presented by Hannah Hurdle, Ottenheimer Library

March 15, 2021, 3 – 4 pm

As educators, we are often challenged to design and deliver curriculum for an increasingly diverse and unique student population. Every student learns in a different way and can benefit from having a myriad of learning formats to choose from. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework provides a variety of strategies to help meet diverse learning needs, improve accessibility to learning opportunities, and increase student success. Moreover, UDL incorporates a wide range of teaching methods to remove barriers to learning and to offer all students, regardless of their backgrounds, experience, and prior knowledge, equal opportunities to succeed. STaR and Ottenheimer Library offer assistance to faculty who need assistance with discovering and evaluating OER or ALC and support UDL framework for inclusive learning.

Register for Putting the Pieces Together via Zoom

Zoom link will be sent upon registration.

“Entrepreneurship: My Journey into the Unknown” presented by Pamela Reed, Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center

March 16, 2021, 2 – 3 pm

This panel discussion will feature minority entrepreneurs discussing their experience. Audience questions encouraged.

Register for Entrepreneurship: My Journey into the Unknown via eCenter Direct

“Etiquette and Accommodations for Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing” presented by Linda Stauffer

March 17, 2021, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

So you have a deaf student…you may be asking yourself some questions: How will I communicate with this student? What accommodations might this student need? How do I work with an interpreter? This Lunch and Learn session will include a brief presentation and amply opportunity for participants to ask questions. Come and learn or come and share your experiences!

Join Etiquette and Accommodations for Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing via Zoom

“Connecting & Utilizing Social Media for Each Generation” presented by Jenn McDannold

March 18, 2021, 1 – 2 pm

Sharing information about each generation, we will learn about how to incorporate social media and other marketing tricks & best practices for Boomers, Gen X, Millennials & Gen Z.

Join Connecting & Utilizing Social Media for Each Generation via Zoom

“’This is Not Who We Are’: Discussing Whiteness, Denial, & Division” presented by Laura Casey

March 29, 2021, 10 – 11 am

This year started off with a violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, and immediately, messages like “This is not the America I know” and versions of “This is not who we are” were being shared from prominent figures all over the country, particularly politicians of all levels. Ibram Kendi, author of the book “How to Be An Antiracist” dissects the problem with this messaging in his article “Denial Is the Heartbeat of America” – he argues that the heartbeat of racism, of this country even, is denial and describes how we must learn to move away from denial, especially when talking about the riots of white supremacy. Using his words and some outside references, I want to unpack what denial mixed with whiteness looks like. I plan to hold space for meaningful discussion around participants’ experiences of whiteness, whether personal to them or not, and confronting the denial Kendi is speaking to.

Register for This is Not Who We Are via Zoom

Zoom link will be sent upon registration.

“Exploring Our Power and Privilege” presented by Sharon Ann Downs

March 30, 2021, 10 – 11 am

The social justice terms ‘power’ and ‘privilege’ are often misunderstood in our society, sometimes so much so that they feel threatening to some people. This session will explore what privilege actually is and what it’s not, discuss healthy ways to conceptualize your place in our societal structures, and most importantly to identify what you can do with your privilege to make the world more equitable and just.

The great Maya Angelou said, ‘Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.’ Let’s engage in a conversation so we can all do better when it comes to systemic racism, sexism, ableism, and other -isms.

Register for Exploring Our Power and Privilege via Zoom

Zoom link will be sent upon registration.


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