Schedule

TRANSFORMATIVE CONVERSATIONS: FORGING A PATH TO AN INCLUSIVE CAMPUS CULTURE

Friday, October 1, 2021
8:45am – 4:00pm
Virtual Conference

 A video recording of the Q&A with MCC President session is now available.

Conference Schedule
Time Activity/Description

8:45 - 9:00am

Welcome & Announcements
Dr. Calvin Gantt, chief diversity officer
Monroe Community College

IDEA Council’s Welcome
Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accountability Council co-chair
Eric Wheeler, assistant director of Veteran Services
Monroe Community College

Conference Co-chairs' Welcome and Q&A Introduction
Christina Lee, coordinator of Global Education and International Services, and Andrea Kingston, librarian
Monroe Community College

9:00 - 10:00am

Q&A with MCC President
Dr. DeAnna R. Burt-Nanna will address issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion affecting higher education and share her vision for the college. She will answer questions gathered from the college community prior to the conference and, if time permits, take questions from attendees.

Session moderators: Dr. Melany Silas, professor of health and physical education, and Dr. Calvin Gantt, chief diversity officer, both from Monroe Community College

10:00 - 10:15am

Break

10:15 - 11:30am

Operationalizing a Commitment to Equity and Racial Justice on Campus
Cathleen Antoine-Abiala and Nakeeba Wauchope, equity coaches and consultants, New York University Center for Strategic Solutions

A commitment to equity and racial justice on campus requires looking at individual college as a system and navigating a set of policy, practice, and relational changes that must be manifested to promote equity, racial justice, inclusivity, and a sense of belonging. Participants will examine where they are individually situated in both historical and contemporary oppression, engage in collective visioning for an equitable and racially just campus community, and examine practices that demonstrate intentional advancement of the values of inclusion, diversity, belonging, and equity in the classroom and beyond.

11:30am - 12:30pm

Lunch Break

12:30 - 1:45pm

Workshops (choose one; please note that these two workshops are offered twice -- at 12:30 and 2:00 p.m. -- so all attendees can participate in smaller groups):

Workshop 1
The Impact of Race, Power, and Privilege
Cathleen Antoine-Abiala

Understanding the dynamics of power and privilege is key to facilitating positive cross-racial, cross-ethnic and cross-cultural relationships. Participants begin by investigating societal power structures that impact the campus community and then develop solutions for breaking down barriers to equity and racial justice. Part of this investigation requires participants to reflect on the salience of race in our own lives, including a loss or gain of societal privileges based on individual identities. Participants will leave with increased awareness of the existing racial inequities on campus and a better understanding of ways to continue expanding their own commitment to dismantling injustice.

Workshop 2
Developing a Critical Consciousness in the Classroom
Nakeeba Wauchope

An inclusive, anti-bias, anti-racist classroom culture creates the conditions for culturally and linguistically diverse students to be their authentic selves and thrive as members of the campus community. In addition to exploring foundational concepts such as inclusivity, implicit bias and stereotyping, this session will offer participants an opportunity to investigate the possibilities for confronting the infiltration of bias, misconception, and the inequities that can result, within their individual roles on campus. Participants will leave with increased awareness of the impact of unconscious bias and a better understanding of ways to harness critical consciousness in disrupting stereotyping and misconception.

1:45 - 2:00pm

Break

2:00 - 3:15pm

Workshops (choose one; please note that these two workshops are offered twice -- at 12:30 and 2:00 p.m. -- so all attendees can participate in smaller groups):

Workshop 1
The Impact of Race, Power, and Privilege
Cathleen Antoine-Abiala

Workshop 2
Developing a Critical Consciousness in the Classroom
Nakeeba Wauchope

3:15 - 4:00pm

Discussion
Participants regroup to share reflections and ask questions

Closing Remarks
Dr. Calvin Gantt, chief diversity officer
Monroe Community College