March 2020 Diversity Newsletter
DOCSpeaks Cafe Conversations will feature Carolina Women’s Center Director Gloria Thomas, speaking on “Intersectionality: Gender, Social Class and the Impact on How We See the World.” March 2, 1:05–1:25 p.m., Kirkland Auditorium.
University Career Services will host an Internships Abroad Workshop to help outline logistics, dispel myths and show students how to set themselves apart in the job search process, March 4, 4–5 p.m., Hanes Hall, 239.
NC Hillel will host “Prospects for Progress in the Middle East: A Conversation with Experts on the Conflict,” with David Makovsky and Ghaith Al-Omari, senior fellows at The Washington Institute. The two will speak about their experiences in negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians. March 4, 6:30–8 p.m., Stone Center Multipurpose Room. RSVP.
Health Care Safe Zone is a four-hour alternative to Standard Safe Zone that similarly introduces concepts, terminology and resources related to sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. March 5, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Register.
The Inaugural Paul A. Godley Health Equity Symposium will bring together faculty, staff, students and the community to highlight and encourage health equity research, promote collaboration and networking; and encourage strategic planning and partnerships at the UNC School of Medicine. March 5, 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m., G100 Bondurant (symposium) and Kirkland Auditorium (lecture). Register.
University Libraries will host The Diversity in Science Brown Bag w/Allies for Minorities and Women in Science and Engineering for their monthly discussion. March 5, Noon–1 p.m., Venable Hall, Kenan Science Library.
The Association of Women Faculty and Professionals (AWFP) will host “Career Mapping,” a session that will provide tools and reflection exercises to help you be more strategic about where you’re going in your career and how you can get there.The workshop will be led by Gloria Thomas, director of Carolina Women’s Center, and Linda Basch, principal of Linda Basch Consulting. Space is limited. March 5, 2:30–4:30 p.m., Davis Library 214. Register.
The Stone Center 2020 Author’s Discussion Series will host Benjamin Talton, who will speak about In This Land of Plenty (UPENN Press, 2019). The book presents Congressman Mickey Leland as the embodiment of larger currents in African American politics at the end of the twentieth century. March 5, 3:30 p.m., Bulls Head Bookshop, 2nd floor.
The Countering Hate Initiative, Performing Arts and Special Activities Fund and the Department of Classics bring the Medea Project: Theater for Incarcerated Women/HIV Circle lecture and performance with Rhodessa Jones to campus. This compassionate, innovative and inspiring use of classical myth addresses and reframes discussions about the needs and experiences of diverse communities. March 5, 7 p.m., Stone Center Auditorium.
HAVEN (Helping Advocates for Violence Ending Now) is a three-hour training that provides students, faculty, staff and postdoctoral fellows with skills and tools to better support someone who has experienced sexual or interpersonal violence or stalking. Faculty/Staff Training: March 9, 1–4 p.m. Student Training: March 25, 6–9 p.m. Register.
Standard Safe Zone Training is a four-hour training designed to introduce concepts, terminology and resources related to sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. March 11, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Register. March 19, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Register.
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. French: March 17 (with Emma Monroy, Doctoral Candidate in French and Francophone Studies). German: March 24 (with Gabriel Trop, Associate Professor of German) All lunches are Noon–1:30. $25 (includes lunch). Register.
As part of the Countering Hate Initiative and English 265, Mab Segrest, Professor Emerita of Gender and Women’s Studies at Connecticut College, will present Memoir of a Race Traitor: Fighting Racism in the American South. In it, Segrest explores her experiences in the 1980s as a white lesbian organizing against a virulent far-right movement in North Carolina. March 17, 2–3, Toy Lounge, Dey Hall.
The Carolina Asia Center and the Hussman School of Journalism and Media will sponsor “Yellow Peril” and Anti-Asian Prejudice in the Shadow of Coronavirus.” Since the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak began spreading from Wuhan, China in December 2019, anti-Asian prejudice has become painfully visible in daily life, echoing the “Yellow Peril” rhetoric of the 19th century. News and social media are bursting with cruel jokes and misinformation about Asians, perpetuating underlying institutionalized racism and xenophobia.This panel discussion will cover recent episodes of anti-Asian prejudice in historical perspective, and debate how the global coronavirus scare is impacting the conversation. March 17, 5–7, Freedom Forum, Carroll Hall.
University Libraries and the UNC Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies will host the Nowruz Celebration, featuring student presentations, a talk, “The Last Iranian Americans? Bans, Sanctions, and Immigrant Disintegration,” by Neda Maghbouleh (University of Toronto) and traditional refreshments in recognition of the Persian New Year. March 19, 1 p.m. student research forum; 2 p.m. reception; 3 p.m. lecture, Wilson Library, Pleasants Family Room.
The inaugural Diversity in Aging Symposium: “Eldercare: Diverse Perspectives and Diverse Needs” will highlight issues related to care-giving for and with older adults from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds. Speakers will highlight traditions and beliefs around care-giving, as well as pragmatic aspects of giving and receiving care through a specific cultural lens. March 20, 8:30 a.m.–noon, 136 Tate Turner Kuralt Auditorium. Register.
The Faculty of Color/Indigenous Faculty Program at the Institute for the Arts and Humanities will host “Reclaiming our Place and Rights in Higher Education Spaces: Underrepresented Faculty Moving from the Margins to the Center” with the keynote presented by Dr. Ruth Zambrana. Zambrana is the author of Toxic Ivory Towers: The Consequences of Work Stress on Underrepresented Minority Faculty, professor and interim chair of Women’s Studies, University of Maryland, College Park. March 20, Mentoring Session with Dr. Zambrana: 10–10:45 a.m., Incubator Room, Hyde Hall. Register. Keynote Presentation: 11 a.m.–12:15 p.m., University Room, Hyde Hall. Register. Lunch Conversation with Dr. Zambrana: 12:30-1:45 p.m. Register.
Southern Oral History Program‘s one-hour walking tour highlights the history and experiences of women connected to Carolina, as captured in our oral history archives. March 20 and Apr. 3, 3:30 p.m. Register.
EOC Lunch & Learn will focus on maintaining a welcoming and equitable work environment and will also cover different scenarios that could arise in the workplace surrounding race and religion, and proper responses. Led by Senior Equal Opportunity and Compliance Consultant Camille Brooks. March 25, Noon–1 p.m., Carolina Union Room 2423.
University Libraries will present “Voices from the Archives: Women at Carolina.” Actors from PlayMakers Repertory Company will bring history to life by reading from letters, oral histories and other archival documents. March 25, 5 p.m. reception; 5:30 p.m. program, Wilson Library, Pleasants Family Room.
POLI 203 Speakers Series Spring 2020, organized by Frank R. Baumgartner, will focus on Chris Turner, one of 17 young people in Washington, DC to be charged in a brutal killing, in what became known as the “8th and H” case. The crime occurred in a busy area of the city in broad daylight and yet there were no witnesses. Eight were sent to prison; seven remain incarcerated. Mr. Turner served 26 years. March 25, 5:30–7 p.m., Genome Sciences Building, 100.
The LGBTIQA+ Speaker Series will present Folding Chairs: Visibility and the Growth of LGBTQ Rights. This talk, led by Andrew Reynolds, will focus on how the growth of LGBTQ+ rights and visibility in public life has both impacted and been impacted by out LGBTQ+ politicians. Andrew Reynolds. Lunch will be provided. March 26, Noon–1 p.m., Graduate Student Center. Register.
The Stone Center 2020 Author’s Discussion Series will host Monika Gosin, who will discuss The Racial Politics of Division (Cornell Univ. Press, 2019). The book deconstructs antagonistic discourses that circulated in local Miami media between African Americans, “white” Cubans, and “black” Cubans during the 1980 Mariel Boatlift and the 1994 Balsero Crisis. March 26, 3:30 p.m., Bulls Head Bookshop, 2nd floor.
University Libraries will present the Horner-Jarrahi Persian Speaker Series with Jane Afary and Roger Friedland (University of California, Santa Barbara). They will speak on “Sectarian and Gender Attitudes Towards Mut’a/Urfi Marriages in Contemporary Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia” as part of a day-long symposium by the Persian studies program. March 28, 2 p.m., FedEx Global Education Center.
The Stone Center 2020 Author’s Discussion Series will host Michelle Maria Wright, who will discuss Physics of Blackness: Beyond the Middle Passage Epistemology (UMN Press, 2015).The book asks, “What does it mean to be Black? If Blackness is not biological in origin but socially and discursively constructed, does the meaning of Blackness change over time and space? Wright argues that although we often explicitly define Blackness as a “what,” it in fact always operates as a “when” and a “where.” March 26, 3:30 p.m., Bulls Head Bookshop, 2nd floor.
Safe Zone Transgender and Nonbinary (formerly Gender Identity and Gender Expression) is a two-hour training designed to make the University community a safer and more supportive place for all Carolina students, faculty and staff members by creating a network of allies who have basic knowledge about transgender and intersex communities. Prerequisite: Standard Safe Zone or Health Care Safe Zone training. March 30, 1–3 p.m. Register.
The Chancellor’s Science Scholars Program and the Graduate School’s Diversity and Student Success will host the 2020 Annual Diversity In STEM Conference, featuring keynote speaker Henry T. Frierson. Dr. Frierson oversees the Division of Graduate Student Affairs at the University of Florida, which includes the Offices of Graduate Diversity Initiatives, and is a professor of education psychology at the University of Florida. April 3, 9 a.m.–1 p.m., Stone Center.