February 2020 Diversity Newsletter
The Center for Faculty Excellence will host “Partners for Equity in Teaching: Teaching Linguistically Diverse Students.” Participants will learn about linguistic and cultural factors that may affect students’ performance, and practice response techniques to support linguistically diverse students. Feb. 3, 2:30–3:30 p.m., 504 Wilson Library.
The Institute of African American Research (IAAR) will host the Faculty Fellow Presentation–Asylum: A Theatrical Exploration of Race, Gender and U.S. Immigration Policy. Jacqueline Lawton, assistant professor, department of Dramatic Art) will discuss the development of her play on race and immigration in North Carolina. Feb. 6, 3–4:30 p.m., Pleasants Family Room, Wilson Library.
Women in Science (WinS) will host “Power of Inclusion in STEM with Dr, Thomas Freeman.” He will speak about advocating for underrepresented populations in STEM within his role as the Executive Director of UNC’s Chancellor’s Science Scholars program. He will also share insights into how such programs can stimulate much bigger changes beyond their perceived scope. Feb. 6, 3:30–4:30 p.m., Bondurant 2030.
The Standard Safe Zone is a four-hour training designed to introduce concepts, terminology and resources related to sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. Feb. 6, 5–9 p.m. Register. Feb. 13, 12–4 p.m. Register. Feb. 24, noon–4 p.m. Register.
The Arab Student Association will host “Open Mic Night: Who Are You?” to allow participants to unite and share their differences in a universal journey to honor their identity. All are welcome. Feb. 6, 8–10 p.m., Campus Y, Anne Queen Room.
The College of Arts & Sciences will host “Up Close and Personal: Challenging Prejudice in 1960s Documentary” as part of the Countering Hate initiative. This program will feature four short films that address the topic of prejudice by focusing on individual experiences of racial, ethnic, and gender discrimination. Feb. 10, 7-8:05 p.m., Varsity Theatre (Franklin St.).
The Institute for the Arts and Humanities will host “Free Expression and Constructive Dialogue,” a discussion that will explore the results of a multi-faceted study done by professors Jennifer Larson (English and comparative literature), Mark McNeilly (Kenan-Flagler Business School) and Timothy Ryan (political science) on how to better understand students’ experiences with free speech and constructive dialogue on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus. The discussion will be moderated by Sarah Treul (political science) and Eric Muller (UNC School of Law). Feb. 12, 3:30 p.m., University Room, Hyde Hall.
Carolina Public Humanities‘ Foreign Language Lunches provide a welcoming environment to polish your foreign language speaking skills. Join UNC faculty discussion leaders for a lunch where participants are encouraged to speak only in a foreign language. All participants will receive a short foreign language article prior to the lunch that will serve as the foundation for the discussion. German: Feb. 11 (with Christina Weiler, Teaching Assistant Professor of German) French: Feb. 24 (with Hannelore Jarusch, Teaching Professor Emeritus, UNC Romance Studies). Italian: Feb. 25 (with Amy Chambless, Teaching Associate Professor of Italian). All lunches are Noon–1:30. $25 (includes lunch). Register.
HAVEN (Helping Advocates for Violence Ending Now) provides students, faculty, staff and postdoctoral fellows with skills and tools to better support someone who has experienced sexual or interpersonal violence or stalking. The three-hour training emphasizes the importance of listening, responding compassionately and connecting survivors to resources on campus and in the community. Graduate students are welcome to attend either the staff and faculty or student workshops. Faculty/Staff Training: Feb. 13, 9 a.m.–noon. Student Training: Feb. 19, 6–9 p.m. Register.
University Libraries and the Bullitt History of Medicine Club will host “(De)Constructing Difference: Medicalizing Blackness and the Making of Race,” a talk by Rana A. Hogarth, assistant professor of history at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Hogarth is the author of “Medicalizing Blackness: Making Racial Difference in the Atlantic World, 1780-1840” (University of North Carolina Press, 2017). Feb. 13, 5 p.m. reception/exhibition viewing, Wilson Library, Melba Remig Saltarelli Exhibit Room; 5:30 p.m. talk, Pleasant Family Room.
The Carolina Women’s Center, Center for Middle East & Islamic Studies, Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP and AAUW’s Orange, Durham and Chatham branches will sponsor a screening and panel discussion of The Cave. The powerful new documentary about the Syrian war by Oscar nominee Feras Fayyad (Last Men in Aleppo) tells the story of Dr. Amani Ballour and her colleagues, who contend with daily bombardments, chronic supply shortages and the ever-present threat of chemical attacks. The Cave paints a stirring portrait of courage, resilience and female solidarity. Panel discussion will follow the screening. Feb. 16, 2 p.m., Varsity Theatre (123 E. Franklin Street).
In celebration of Black History, the Friday Center for Continuing Education will present Voices for Equality: Breach for Peace, a theatrical performance presented by acclaimed actor and playwright Mike Wiley. This one-man play pays tribute to the 1961 Freedom Fighters Movement. Feb. 16, 3–5 p.m., The Friday Conference Center. RSVP.
The Undergraduate Business Program at Kenan-Flagler Business School will host Diversity Networking Night. The event will bring students and employers together, providing students with the opportunity to gain feedback and coaching on networking from employer partners. Feb. 18, 6–8:30 p.m., McColl Building 3250. Space limited. Contact Cherrelle Lawrence. to register.
The UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention‘s No Kid Hungry NC will host the 9th annual NC Child Hunger Leaders Conference to address the nearly one million kids in our state who depend on the nutritious food they get at school. The conference will feature stories from people in the field working to find innovative ways to feed more kids. $40 registration fee (covers materials, breakfast, lunch, snacks and parking). Feb. 19, 8 a.m.–4 p.m., Friday Center. Deadline to register: Feb. 7. Register.
University Career Services will host a Diversity Job Fair to help promote opportunities to all at Carolina. Polish your resume and be ready to show your best self as you network with campus partners. Feb. 19 Noon–4 p.m., Ram’s Head Campus Recreation Center. Register.
In As One, a chamber opera, two voices share the part of a sole transgender protagonist.The story weaves a narrative of Hannah’s life and experiences from childhood to self-discovery as an adult, tackling both humorous moments and some very serious issues that affect the trans community. This opera is an opportunity for conversation, listening and learning on the UNC campus and in the greater community. Feb. 19 & 20, 7:30 p.m., CURRENT ArtSpace + Studio. Tickets $27, available at Carolina Performing Arts’ website.
The Institute for the Arts and Humanities will host the 26th Annual Mary Stevens Reckford Memorial Lecture in European Studies. Professor Ronald “R.A.” Judy, department of English at the University of Pittsburgh, will discuss “On the Question of Beloved Community Revisiting W.E.B. Du Bois’ Critique of the Teutonic Strongman.” Feb. 20, 5:30 p.m., Hyde Hall, University Room. Reserve free tickets here.
Writer Nikky Finney will deliver the 2020 Frank B. Hanes Writer-in-Residence lecture. A poet, librettist, legendary teacher and activist, Finney has spent a remarkable career helping readers understand American in all its joy, terror and possibility. She amplifies the voices of the “ones who longed to read and write, but were forbidden, who lost hands and feet, [who] were killed by laws written by men who believed they owned other men.” Feb. 25, 7:30 p.m., Genome Sciences Auditorium.
Equal Opportunity and Compliance will host Lunch & Learn: Sexual Harassment. Participants will learn about the types of conduct that could be considered sexual harassment (and thus prohibited at UNC-Chapel Hill), how to report an incident and what happens when a report is made to EOC. This session will cover maintaining a welcoming and equitable work environment, as well as the protections and prohibitions of applicable equal opportunity laws and EOC policy. Feb. 26, Noon–1 p.m., Student Union Room 2423.
The Process Series: Crossing Boundaries, in collaboration with Arts Everywhere and the Institute for the Arts and Humanities, will present the 19th Amendment Project. The event features UNC faculty-artists creating interdisciplinary performance centered around the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, exploring the power of women in politics. Four faculty projects will be presented in this shared program, several of which will go on to launch a new faculty performance series in 2020-2021. Feb. 27 & 28, 7:30 p.m., CURRENT ArtSpace (123 W. Franklin Street).
The Minority Student Caucus will host the 41st Annual Minority Health Conference “Truth to Power: Exercising Political Voice to Achieve Health Equity.” As the largest and longest-running student-led health conference in the nation, it aims to raise awareness about health disparities and mobilize students academics ad community members to take action for change. Feb. 28, 7:30 a.m.–5 p.m., Friday Center. Register.
The American Indian Center will host the 33rd Annual Carolina Indian Circle Powwow. Feb. 29, noon–6 p.m., Fetzer Gym A.
Women of color are invited to attend the 2020 ALANAM Women’s Conference. ALANAM stands for African American/Black, Latino/Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander, Native American, Alaskan Native and Multiracial identities. The conference aims to uplift, encourage and empower ALANAM women by bringing together faculty, staff and students from Elon and other institutions for dialogue and fellowship. This year’s theme, “inVision: expanding yOUR vision” and is focused on reflecting on identities, lifestyles and personal beliefs with each other in order to unite as women of color. Feb. 29, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Moseley Center, Elon. Register.
The Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History’s 2020 Author’s Discussion Series invites authors and scholars to share their newest research on topics in African American and African Diaspora history and culture. This month, the series will feature Benjamin Talton, who will discuss In This Land of Plenty (UPENN Press, 2019). March 5, 3:30 p.m., Stone Center.