"Black Lives Matter Everyday"

Change Begins Here:

Dismantling Systemic and Everyday Racism

Black Lives Matter Everyday at WCU

View the Letter from the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer , Thursday, July 30, 2020

ANTI-RACISM IN ACTION:

This website was established in August 2020 and continues to serve as an educational resource for West Chester University faculty, staff and students.  It will be a continuous resource to share what’s happening, what is next, how to learn more, how to get involved and what initiatives are in progress. The information provided here will be updated throughout the academic year. In partnership and solidarity, we invite faculty, staff, students, departments, offices, and student organizations to actively increase your awareness and understanding while engaging in anti-racism work.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

 

CESW Diversity Speaker Series — Anti-Racist, Social Justice Teaching at WCU: Dr. Kathleen Riley, Developing Critical Consciousness and Activist Stances among WCU undergraduates: Becoming a professional within institutions that uphold societal racism, cissexism, ableism, and other injustices requires becoming conscious of these forces and working within, around, and against the system to advocate for students at multiple levels. In this session, Dr. Riley will share several activities she uses in teacher education classes to develop critical consciousness and activist stances among her students. The examples come from teacher preparation, but Dr. Riley will provide space for participants to consider how approaches can be adapted for professional preparation in other fields, such as counseling and social work. Link found HERE. Meeting ID: 950 2063 8927, Passcode: 323671. For more info, email Dr. Paul Sylvester. Sponsored by the College of Education & Social Work.

  • Monday, February 1 from 12:00 pm — 1:00 pm

 

 

Listening to Each Other about Race: On this campus, as in the world, mistakes are being made every day due to racism and internalized racism, but clearer thinking around these issues is possible when both Global Majority and white folx are willing to show our strengths and our hurts, and speak and listen to our fears. Dr. Michael Burns with the Office of the Provost, Ombudsperson, Office for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, and United to End Racism. As in the fall, these events are designed for faculty, who can attend one or more. For more info, email Dr. Michael Burns. Sponsored by United to End Racism.

  • Tuesday, February 2 from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
  • Thursday, March 11 from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Tuesday, April 13 from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
  • Tuesday, May 4 from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

 

 

Black Lives Matter at School: Centering Student and Alumni Voices Panel: Join us for a panel discussion with WCU students and alumni as they share their experiences with the Black Lives Matter movement and mattering through the schooling pipeline. This event is in support of the 2021 National Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action. For more info, email Mariama Quist. Sponsored by Department of Educational Foundations and Policy Studies.

  • Thursday, February 4 at 3:00 pm

 

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 Building Anti-Racist White Educators (BARWE) Open Meeting: BAR-WE is a nation-wide organization that supports the Building of Anti-Racist White Educators. Join the WCU BAR-WE chapter in their first campus-wide open meeting in support of the 2021 National Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action. For more info, email Dr. Erin Hurt. Sponsored by APSCUF Social Justice Committee.

  • Friday, February 5 at 2:00 pm

 

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Gender, Race, and University Administration: A Conversation with Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, president emerita of Spelman College:  Dr. Tatum will discuss strategies for navigating and challenging the institutionalized racism and sexism of the academy and why diverse leadership matters to the future of higher education. Pre-registration is required HERE. For more info, email Dr. Tabassum Ruby or contact 610-436-2570. Sponsored by The Greater Philadelphia Women’s Studies Consortium.

  • Monday, February 8 at 4:00 pm

 

 

Anti-Racism Working Group Training: Led by social work BSW seniors Emily Evans from main campus and Shantayah Hayes from Philadelphia’s campus. Shantayah Hayes is the Vice President of ABSW, works with families in Philadelphia, and recently won a student research award for her housing and racism presentation at an international conference. Emily Evans is the Vice President of Phi Alpha and the Social Work Club and has years of experience working in intimate partner violence. Zoom link found HERE. Meeting ID: 262 187 0341, Passcode: 585661. For more info, email Brie Radis. Sponsored by an Innovation in Diversity & Inclusion Grant.

  • Tuesday, February 9 from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

 

 

“Slavery at Sea: Terror, Sex, and Sickness in the Middle Passage” featuring Dr. Sowande’ Mustakeem: The Institute for Race and Ethnic Studies presents, as part of the spring Seminar Series on Race and Social Justice, Dr. Sowande’ Mustakeem. Dr. Mustakeem is Associate Professor of History and of African and African-American Studies at Washington University in St. Louis. In her book Slavery at Sea: Terror, Sex, and Sickness in the Middle Passage, Dr. Mustakeem examines the Atlantic slave trade to explore the social conditions and human costs embedded in the world of maritime slavery. She will discuss her new work that expands the racial conversations going from slavery to prisons. For information contact: Dr. Miguel Ceballos, mceballos@wcupa.edu. Zoom link found HERE. Meeting ID: 926 8053 1213, Passcode: IRES. Sponsored by the Institute for Race and Ethnic Studies.

  • Tuesday, February 9 from 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

 

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Beyond COVID and Protests: Black Communities’ Agency featuring Nyles Fort: Join us this Black History Month for a dialogue about the collective agency of Black people during the coronavirus and the protests of 2020. Check out RamConnect for all upcoming event links. For more info, email Briana Green or call 610-436-2505. Sponsored by Dowdy Multicultural Center.

  • Wednesday, February 10 at 12:15 pm

 

 

Honoring the Beauty of Blackness Conversation Series: Join us for a conversation series to celebrate Black History Month. We will discuss the role of art, music, and media in honoring the beauty of Blackness. Check out RamConnect for all upcoming event links. For more info, email Denice Velez or call 610-436-2562. Sponsored by Dowdy Multicultural Center.

  • Wednesdays, February 10, 17 and 24 from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

 

 

Making History: Black Voters and Black Women featuring Nyles Fort: Join us this Black History Month for a lecture focusing on the ways that the Black vote and Black voice has impacted the trajectory of America, with a specific focus on the most recent election, resulting in the election of the First Black woman vice president, also noting the important roles that Black women have contributed to the Black community and the broader American society. Check out Ram Connect for all upcoming event links. For more info, email Briana Green or call 610-436-2505. Sponsored by Dowdy Multicultural Center.

  • Wednesday, February 10 at 6:45 pm

 

 

Participatory Action Research: Exploring Black Graduate Student Experiences across WCU Campuses featuring Dr. Mia Ocean Assistant Professor Graduate Social Work and Karon Hicks MSW Alumna: During this workshop we will present our research findings including specific recommendations to enhance racial equity policy and practice at WCU. We will also allow for time for questions and discussion. All are welcome to attend. Please register in advance HERE. For more info, email Dr. Mia Ocean. Sponsored by the Anti-Racism Working Group.

  • Thursday, February 18 from 3:30 pm — 4:30 pm

 

  

CESW Diversity Committee Speaker Series — Anti-Racist, Social Justice Teaching at WCU: Dr. Katie Solic on Anti-Racist Advising Practices for Teacher Education: This session will present an overview of anti-racist advising practices for working with teacher education students. Drawing from personal efforts as a faculty advisor to groups of teacher education students who commonly face structural and individual barriers to program completion, Dr. Solic will describe her approach to the advising relationship within the decidedly racially disproportionate field of teacher preparation. She will share specific strategies, tools, and resources that I draw from to engage in high-touch advising practices. Dr. Solic will also invite conversation around opportunities for collective efforts to disrupt and dismantle structural barriers. Link found HERE. Meeting ID: 950 2063 8927, Passcode: 323671. For more info, email Dr. Paul Sylvester. Sponsored by the College of Education & Social Work.

  • Monday, February 22 from 2:00 pm — 3:00 pm

 

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Courageous Conversations: Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad: Please join us for Dr. Muhammad’s timely, important talk addressing race and social justice in post-America. Discussion and opportunities for exchange will follow his talk. Khalil Gibran Muhammad is professor of History, Race and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and the Suzanne Young Murray Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies. His research examines the intersections of race, democracy, inequality, and criminal justice in modern U.S. history. His book Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America investigates how the African American population has been criminalized for the last 400 years through an examination the history of policing in the North and South. Zoom link found HERE. Meeting ID: 991 2848 6604, Passcode: 559220. Sponsored by the Office for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, Institute for Race and Ethnic Studies, Frederick Douglass Institute, and the Departments of Anthropology and Sociology and History.

  • Tuesday, March 9 from 12:30 pm — 2:00 pm

 

 

CESW Diversity Committee Speaker Series — Anti-Racist, Social Justice Teaching at WCU featuring Dr. York Williams on Student Social Activism as Anti-Racist Pedagogy in Teacher Education: Anti-racism in teacher education can inform the way people see and belong in the world in order to transform it. Because racism occurs at all levels and spheres of society anti-racism education/activism as a form of critical pedagogy is necessary in all aspects of teacher education. This talk will elucidate how and in what ways antiracist social activism in the form of group research using resources in Google Suite can engage students in anti-racist praxis across multiple tiers of teacher education. Link found HERE. Meeting ID: 950 2063 8927, Passcode: 323671. For more info, email Dr. Paul Sylvester. Sponsored by the College of Education & Social Work.

  • Monday, March 22 from 12:30 pm — 1:30pm

 

 

History 101: Understanding the Undocumented Student Journeys: This presentation and discussion will provide information on the history of immigration to the U.S. and the journeys that many undocumented students and their families have faced. Check out RamConnect for all upcoming event links. For more info, email Denice Velez or call 610-436-2562. Sponsored by the Dowdy Multicultural Center and Center for Civic Engagement & Social Impact.

  • Thursday, March 25 from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

 

 

Strike a Pose: Trans Women of Color in the Media: Join us in collaboration with the Dowdy Multicultural Center as we celebrate International Transgender Day of Visibility and Women’s History Month! We will take a close look at clips from television and movies and discuss how representation shapes our understanding of trans women of color and how we can move from simple acknowledgment to a genuine celebration of trans women of color. For more information, check out our RamConnect or contact us at transandqueer@wcupa.edu or 610-436- 3147. Sponsored by the Center for Trans & Queer Advocacy.

  • Wednesday, March 31 from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

 

Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Narrative Conversation Series: Join us for a conversation series to celebrate APIDA Heritage Month. We will view and discuss short videos on the diverse APIDA community narratives. Check out RamConnect for all upcoming event links. For more info, email Denice Velez or call 610-436-2562. Sponsored by the Dowdy Multicultural Center.

  • Wednesdays, April 7, 14, and 21 from 3:30 pm — 4:30 pm

 

CESW Diversity Committee Speaker Series — Anti-Racist, Social Justice Teaching at WCU Featuring Dr. Suzen Wysor Nguema, Using Circle Practice in WCU classes to build democracy, inclusion, and diversity of thinking: Circle practice draws on indigenous ways of communal problem solving and relationship building. It allows for each person in an interaction to be acknowledged and heard. It also requires the full attention of those in the space, eliminating opportunities for back and forth debate or for more powerful presences to dominate the discussion. I will present briefly on the history of the practice and then offer tangible, introductory steps to begin using circles. Link found HERE. Meeting ID: 950 2063 8927, Passcode: 323671. For more info, email Dr. Paul Sylvester. Sponsored by the College of Education & Social Work.

  • Monday, April 19 from 2:00 pm — 3:00 pm

 

Dreamers’ Diaries — Undocumented Student Experiences: The discussion will highlight the various experiences that undocumented students encounter daily in navigating college and home life and reflect on how we can all support. Check out RamConnect for all upcoming event links. For more info, email Denice Velez or call 610-436-2562. Sponsored by the Dowdy Multicultural Center and Center for Civic Engagement & Social Impact.

  • Tuesday, April 20 from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

 

 May- Asian, Pacific Island & Desi American Heritage Month - For more information, please contact us at (610)436-3273, multicultural@wcupa.edu, or visit the Dowdy Multicultural Center webpage for a calendar of events.

 

RECORDINGS FROM FALL 2020 SEMESTER EVENTS

 

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Courageous Conversations about Race: How did we get here? How do we move forward? (Series 1 of 3) An opportunity to engage diverse groups across the West Chester community in meaningful, open and honest discussions, information sharing, and skill-building about race and related topics that have fractured our society. Discussion topics will include: Bystander Intervention, Healing and Restoration, Implicit Bias, Race Relations in the Workforce, White Fragility. Registration opens August 26, 2020. Sponsored by WCU and St. Paul’s Baptist Church. Advance registration required. See the event flyer for complete details.  This event was held on Saturday, September 26, 2020, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm via Zoom Event Recording with captioning

Courageous Conversations: Voting Matters! (Series 2 of 3) This session will address upcoming elections and the importance participating in citizenship as a voter. Featuring: Kamryn Davis, Students of Color Voting Initiative, and Christopher Jaramillo, Norristown, NAACP. Practical topics related to voting and the US Census will be covered. Discussion topics will include the growing importance of the Latino vote, changing demographics, the Black vote, and the youth vote. Sponsored by WCU and co-sponsored by Ethnic Studies and Frederick Douglass Institute. For details and to participate visit: https://www.wcupa.edu/arts-humanities/ethnicStudies/seminarEvents.aspx.  This event was held on Thursday, October 8, 2020, 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm via Zoom. Event Recording with Captioning

Courageous Conversations: Policing- (Series 3 of 3) Topics discussed will include recent events of policing in the news, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the history of policing. Sponsored by WCU and co-sponsored by Ethnic Studies and Frederick Douglass Institute. This event was held on Thursday, November 12, 2020, 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm via Zoom.  Event recording with captioning

Anti-Racist Trauma-Informed Educational Practice Panel: Three Undergraduate Social Work Faculty, Dr. Hadih Deedat, Dr. Ebonnie Vazquez, and Dr. Brie Radis will discuss ways to integrate in Anti-Racist Trauma Informed Education Practice (TIEP) into the classroom. First, they will briefly share the framework. Then they will share techniques, exercises and perspectives that they use to connect and support their students in both their Philadelphia campus and in West Chester campus classes. This panel is open to all faculty, staff, and students. Event recording with captioning  This event was held on Tuesday, September 29, 2020, 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm via Zoom

 

Angela Davis

2nd Annual Ruby Jones Conference on Race, Social Justice and Civic Leadership, featuring keynote address by activist, author and professor, Angela Davis: Sponsored by the Dowdy Multicultural Center and the Office of Student Leadership and Involvement, this three-day conference is designed to create an educational environment where students can engage in learning that will raise awareness and promote action-oriented dialogue about racial, cultural and social issues that impact how students experience life on campus, in communities and in society. Our 2020 conference keynote speaker will be activist and social justice icon, Angela Davis. The conference registration deadline is Friday, September 25. For more information, please contact us at (610)436-3273 or multicultural@wcupa.edu.  This event was held on Wednesday, September 30- Friday, October 2, 2020.  

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Event Recordings with Captioning

 

Cultural Competence in Action

"THE INSTITUTE" FOR CULTURAL COMPETENCE AND INCLUSIVE EXCELLENCE"


Open to all students, faculty and staff the NEW Institute for Cultural Competence and Inclusive Excellence reflects WCU’s commitment to create a learning culture that values diversity, equity and inclusion. The Institute is a personal and professional certificate program available to WCU students, faculty and staff. The program consists of a combination of training and education workshops, self-study readings, books, on-demand video presentations, and a capstone project, proposal or presentation. Participants develop cultural competencies and are offered the tools necessary for linking diversity and inclusion to organizational and work performance. Programs and workshops are offered during the fall, spring, and summer semesters to provide a full range of required and elective workshops. Applications are online for the Inaugural cohort were due by September 18th.

 

The Institute for Cultural Competence and Inclusive Excellence

 

 

Please check back frequently for updates. In addition, you can contribute content, plan events, host bold dialogues, create opportunities, share resources and even provide personal reflections and testimonials of your work and commitment. To connect with this effort, please email upcoming events, initiatives or resources to the Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

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Sincerely,

Tracey Ray Robinson, Ph.D.,
Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

President’s Statement - President Fiorentino's Statement regarding Combating Racism and Recent Tragic events (5/29/2020)

Dear West Chester University Community,

At this truly unprecedented time in our history when lives have been altered significantly across the globe, we cannot help but halt and reflect upon the recent news of the tragic events in Minnesota, New York, and Georgia. Our thoughts today are with the victims and families of all those affected by such horrific acts of hate, racism, and intolerance. The pain brought on from all that has been lost amid such injustice and despair prompts us to pause in the midst of our own realities. We, as a community of educators, must take this moment to underscore our dedication to all of our diverse communities, which include our students, faculty, alumni, staff, and many friends. As we strive to prepare our students to be lifelong learners committed to the common good, it is important to call attention to what we inspire all of our graduates to embrace as productive activity in our society: Read the full statement .

Racial Climate Survey Results and Action Items

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All West Chester University undergraduate students were invited to participate in a national racial campus climate survey during the 2019 spring semester. The results of the survey are posted online and were shared through a dialogue with faculty, staff, and students during two open forums in February 2020. The findings revealed key opportunities for WCU to not only reaffirm its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, but to go further. A few key recommendations for each area of the survey are noted below. 

  • Mattering and Affirmation is defined as others noticing and caring about what students think and must say.
    • Assess and determine whether any groups are excluded from taking part in the construction of the campus identity.
    • Regularly convene university faculty, in conjunction with experienced staff from learning resource centers and centers for excellence in teaching, to discuss standards of inclusive teaching and ways to engage instructional personnel in developing culturally sustaining and affirming practices.
    • Train staff across student affairs, auxiliary centers, and campus police and security in meaningful ways to cultivate inclusive environments.
  • Cross-Racial Engagement is defined as whether students feel calm, empowered, open and encouraged when engaging in conversations about race.
    • Create intentional, facilitated opportunities for cross-racial engagement on campus including, for example, hosting inter- and intragroup dialogues with skilled facilitators where privilege and marginality are discussed.
    • Ask the campus community to be part of problem solving and collaboration when racial tensions arise.
    • Communicate the message that talking about race is hard, but important, and also creates opportunities to push students to higher levels of critical thinking and toward better preparation to live in a diverse democracy.
  • Racial Learning and Literacy is defined as the extent to which there is racial diversity reflected in classes, where students learn about race, who on campus helps them to learn about race, and preparing to live in a racially diverse society.
    • Conduct departmental reviews of classroom materials to determine whose voices and experiences are centered, and whose are missing.
    • Provide structured opportunities for students to learn about their own and other racial groups.
    • Communicate that the pace of learning about race and discussing race on campus should not prioritize the hesitancy and/or interests of any one group, over actual progress toward achieving equity.

 

  • Encounters with Racial Stress is defined as specific harmful acts, behaviors, or attitudes directed at students based on their race.
    • Institute professional development for faculty and staff to prioritize understanding of the effects of not only racial violence on students, but also microaggressions and their impact on learning and well-being. This professional development should include providing faculty and staff with the skills to confront and intervene when these incidents occur, and asking them to prioritize a consistent message to all students that they are intelligent, of worth, and capable of scholarship.
    • Recognize race related stress and racial trauma on campus, and collectively engage with those on the margins to objectively hear their narratives and engage for action.
    • Boldly confront long-standing racial problems embedded in the systems and structures at the institution, and communicate that racism is not just individual and overt.

 

  • Appraisals of Institutional Commitment explores the extent to which students believe that the campus leadership deals with racism/racist incidents effectively, in the open, and in a timely manner.
    • Consider that all faculty and staff search committees should go beyond bias reduction training to integrating proactive measures throughout the life cycle of hiring, including retention and promotion, particularly of minoritized faculty.
    • Practice race-conscious leadership, which includes, for example, engaging in authentic conversations and collaborations with people of color and developing an accurate understanding of the realities of race on campus.

 

  • Impact of External Environments explores feelings of personal well-being in city/town surrounding campus and in hometown and experiences of racism outside of the University.
    • Expect that students will be affected by incidents of racism and hate crimes locally or nationally and be prepared to support students who have already experienced racial battle fatigue.
    • Be aware that equity initiatives on campus should focus on eliminating conditions on campus that harm marginalized students and students from marginalized communities, and not on "fixing" these students.
    • When assessing campus and external environments for issues surrounding race and racism, consider who the representatives and beneficiaries of existing racist systems are, and policies and practices that have a differential impact by race.

Diverse Communities Requirement for Undergraduate Students

Currently, undergraduate students must take a 3 credit diverse communities course from the list of courses approved for that purpose. The course is identified with a “J” attribute on the transcript and the course must be approved as a diverse communities course at the time it is taken. (For more information).  For a listing of courses that fulfill the diverse communities requirement and their descriptions, visit the Academic Catalog

 

Here are a few Anti-racist curriculum options for Fall 2020

  • ENG206 Black Critical Theory (W) Cherise Pollard
  • HIS 314 Latin American Women – Tia Malkin-Fonteccio
  • HIS 373 African American History (J) tony thames taylor
  • LIT207 Frederick Douglass (W) Rachel Banner
  • LIT360 Latinx Youth Literature – Emily Aguilo Perez
  • WOS 206 Globalization and Sustainability (E, J) – Tabassum Ruby
  • WOS 325 Women of Color and Material Culture – Justin Sprague
  • WRH 333 African American Autobiography (W,J) Michael Burns

 

Academic and Student Affairs Monday, June 1, 2020 Statement  (Part 1)

 

To:         West Chester University Community

From:   Chris Fiorentino, President; Laurie Bernotsky, Executive Vice President and Provost, Zeb Davenport, Vice President for Student Affairs, and Jeff Osgood, Deputy Provost

Re:         Our response to recent events (part 2)

 

On Monday (see Part 1 pdf e-mail) we sent the attached message expressing our anger, grief, and sadness surrounding the wrongful deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Freddie Gray, and countless others. While we have always experienced these feelings when hearing of the loss of yet another Black life, our emotions surrounding the tragic loss of George Floyd have only intensified in the hours and days since his life was senselessly lost in Minneapolis.

As we have watched the protests occurring not only across America, but around the world, we cannot help but feel that we are at an inflection point in our society where there is a collective call to action. We know that it is no longer enough to simply participate in these protests, although participation in such civil actions are an important part of a well-functioning democracy. It is not enough for us to write about our emotions, but we must put those words into action. To that end, we are announcing the following as an important and critical review of how we educate our students and the broader community around creating a just and equitable society, engaging inclusively with diversity, and responding thoughtfully to diversity.

The President, Executive Vice President and Provost, Vice President for Student Affairs, and Deputy Provost have joined with the leadership of the Curriculum and Academic Policies Council (Dr. Francis Atuahene, Chair and Dr. Josh Auld, Vice Chair) to announce the establishment of a taskforce with the explicit charge of reviewing and recommending revisions to the University’s “Diverse Communities Requirement ,” which is a critical part of our general education program. These are courses that “focus on historically marginalized groups and are framed by theories that lend understanding to the analysis of structural inequalities. They also invite students to consider how marginalized groups resist oppression and have agency in spite of structural exclusion and discrimination.”

This taskforce will be guided not only by recent events, but by the questions we posed in our letter on Monday, including: What more can we be doing as an institution of higher education to ensure that we are changing what is normal and expected in our society? How are our curricular and co-curricular activities providing students with an ability to think critically about their own beliefs surrounding issues of race and ethnicity? And, perhaps more importantly, are we giving our students the tools necessary to be agents of change in their communities by preparing them to fight against the bigotry they will inevitably encounter?

This group will be comprised of faculty, staff, and students and will be identified from an open call that will be distributed to the entire campus community. It is our goal to have broad representation on this taskforce and it must be reflective of not only our faculty, staff, and students but it must also reflect the larger diversity present in our society. Details will soon follow. Ultimately, the goal of this group will be to make recommendations to the Curriculum and Academic Policies Council that will reinvigorate and make relevant an important part of our undergraduate curriculum that informs every single undergraduate student’s educational experience at West Chester University.

Creating an Inclusive Classroom

The Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ODEI) in partnership with the Teaching, Learning an Assessment Center (TLAC) facilitates a Creating an Inclusive Classroom workshop at New Faculty Orientation in August (annually). ODEI also offers a two-hour Unconscious Bias Workshop for faculty, staff and students. These workshops are also available to academic departments upon request.

 

College of Health Sciences (CHS) Diversity and Inclusion Faculty Learning Community (DIFLC) Professional Development Opportunity AY 20-21 (Program Flyer )

 

"Feeling like you belong in a classroom, in a major, at an institution is one of the most important factors in whether you persist and succeed in college. These kinds of inclusive learning environments don't just happen, they are intentionally created by faculty who incorporate deliberate, inclusive teaching practices." .....read more about Why We Need Inclusive Teaching in Every Classroom (Forbes, April 2019).

Recruiting and Retaining Diverse Employees (Best Practices)

Faculty and Staff Diversity Matters!

Annually, the Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion assesses the diversity of faculty and staff at all levels of the University for underrepresentation as it relates to race, gender, disability and veterans status (Annual Affirmative Action Plan)  

The 2019 Racial Climate Survey  found that White Students and 'Students of Color' felt equally or more affirmed in classes taught by 'Professors of Color' than classes taught by White professors through their facial expressions, words of support for class discussion, and availability outside of class. In addition, there was a significant difference in student's perceptions of West Chester's commitment to hire 'Faculty of Color' (66% vs. 38%) and hire Staff of Color (71% vs. 48%). The perception of institutional commitment was far lower for 'Students of Color' when compared to White students.

Tylar Stanley, a student in the College of Sciences and Mathematics shares her thoughts, Representation in faculty matters, especially in sciences, through an article in The Quad, February 10, 2020

The Search is On

 

Below are strategies and best practice for faculty and staff participating on hiring search committees:

  • Advertise in diversity publications and/or job boards
  • Attend diversity-focused conferences and recruitment events
  • Develop a departmental faculty diversity plan
  • Ensure faculty and staff search committees include at least one person from an underrepresented group
  • Ensure faculty and staff search committee includes gender diversity
  • Require all applicants to include diversity accomplishments in their CV or provide a diversity statement
  • Require a diverse pool of applicants in the hiring process
  • Provide mentors for diverse faculty
  • Recruit scholars to participate in pipeline programs for future faculty (i.e. Frederick Douglass Scholars Teaching Fellowship)
  • Conduct a formal search when seeking to hire adjunct faculty

Workshops, Training and Education Opportunities- Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion as an Institutional Priority

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Open to all students, faculty and staff the NEW Institute for Cultural Competence and Inclusive Excellence reflects WCU’s commitment to create a learning culture that values diversity, equity and inclusion. The Institute is a personal and professional certificate program available to WCU students, faculty and staff. The program consists of a combination of training and education workshops, self-study readings, books, on-demand video presentations, and a capstone project, proposal or presentation. Participants develop cultural competencies and are offered the tools necessary for linking diversity and inclusion to organizational and work performance. Programs and workshops are offered during the fall, spring, and summer semesters to provide a full range of required and elective workshops.

Cultural Competency

For complete details and to apply visit "The Institute's" homepage;

 

Or Learn more about workshops offered to students, faculty and staff by the Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion throughout the academic year.

 

To help facilitate physical distancing and slow the spread of COVID-19, all workshops during the fall 2020 semester will be presented virtually via Zoom or available on-demand via Linked-In Learning. Additional workshops tailored for in-person delivery will be added and offered during the spring 2021 semester, should conditions permit.

Co-Curricular Transcript: Social Justice Program

To actively engage students throughout the academic year, the Division of Student Affairs provides a series of Co-Curricular experiences for students in five focus areas including: Community Engagement, Involvement and Leadership, and Social Justice. These opportunities build community at West Chester across student groups, while educating students outside the of the classroom.

Learn more

University Strategic Plan: Pathways to Student Success- Diversity and Inclusion Priorities

 

Recognizing that cultural competence is a critical 21st century skill for college graduates, the University’s Strategic Plan- Diversity & Inclusion Priority team  team outlined several initiatives for faculty, staff, and students. In fact, during the 2019-2020 academic year over 2,250 students, faculty, and staff participated in the Training and Education opportunities available through the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Learn more

Other Initiatives in Progress

A few ways that the University is making progress:

  • The Underrepresented Minorities (URM) Taskforce is a University-wide effort to identify viable, sustainable and systemic approaches to closing the equity in retention, persistence, and graduation rates between White students and URM students. By definition, URM students self-identify as Black/African American, Latinx, Native American/Alaskan, Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, or multiracial.

Upcoming Events

See the information above and check back frequently for updates.

Off-Campus Opportunities

In August 2020, INSIGHT Into Diversity hosted a webinar for Black women in academia to discuss how White women colleagues can be allies in the fight for racial and gender equity. The webinar, Women of Color Need Courageous Allies in the Academy: An Open Dialogue with White and Black Women, featured six panelists who represent a variety of perspectives across higher education. To view the dialogue for Part 1 visit: https://vimeo.com/442107894 . On Monday, December 7, 2020, a second dialogue was hosted to continue the discussion.  To view the dialogue for Part 2 visit: https://vimeo.com/489236842

 

International Day of Peace 2020, Sponsored by the Chester County Peace Movement (CCPM), Historic Chester County Court House, High Street, Downtown West Chester (Rain or Shine). Please join the CCPM in "Shaping Peace Together"- Stand together against war, violence, inequality and discrimination.   "It is certain that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have." James Baldwin (1972).  Saturday, September 21, 2020, 6:30 PM-7:00 PM; Event Flyer: International Day of Peace 2020

 

Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), We Are Each Other's (Gwendolyn Brooks), a campaign to activate and support interfaith leaders responding to the current national crises. Public Conversation Series- The Day After the Election: Centering Racial Equity in Building Interfaith America, Wednesday, October 7, 2020; 12:00 PM EST. What do we do the day after the election? What is the America we are building together? In this molten moment of a global pandemic, centering racial equity in America's civic life, and reimagining everything from worship to work, we have an opportunity. Join moderator Hind Makki and panelists Zina Jacque, Pardeep Kaleka and John Wood, Jr. for a rich discussion of preparing to live and lead in 2021 America. For complete details and to register visit: https://ifyc.org/we-are-each-others  

 

American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity- The LEAD FUND Authors Program

The Fund for Leadership, Equity, Access and Diversity (LEAD Fund) is seeking undergraduate and graduate student presentations for its LEAD Fund Authors Program of 2020 -21. The LEAD Fund was established to provide thought leadership in promoting inclusive organizations and institutions through research and education on issues related to diversity, social responsibility, human and civil rights. The LEAD Fund is a “Think and Do” tank, which advances new knowledge and tested strategies aimed at eliminating prejudice and discrimination. The LEAD Fund Authors Program emphasizes “Diversity in Action” and is committed to promoting undergraduate and graduate research that advances new understandings and tested strategies aimed at expanding organizational or institutional knowledge of access, equity, and diversity. LEAD Fund Authors’ presentations are intended to disseminate fresh ideas on methods to promote access, equity, and diversity in employment, education and business/contracting. LEAD Fund Authors also have an opportunity to become LEAD Fund Fellows after graduation. (For more information and to apply)- Reviews will be done on a rolling basis. Final deadline: April 15, 2021

 

More to come

Books to Expand your Learning

Desmond Tutu quote

(This list was provided by Dr. Katerine Norris, College of Education and Social Work)

Anderson, C. (2001). PowerNomics®: The National Plan to Empower Black America. PowerNomics of America.

 

Alexander, M. (2020). The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. New Press.

 

Casselman, B., & Tankersley, J. (2020, June 10). Economics, Dominated by White Men, Is Roiled by Black Lives Matter. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/10/business/economy/white-economists-black-lives-matter.html?searchResultPosition=3

 

Coates, T. (2015). Between the World and Me. One World

 

DiAngelo, R. (2019). White Fragility: Why it's so Hard for White People to Talk about Racism. Allen Lane, an imprint of Penguin Books.

 

Gaw, R. (2020, July 14). Editorial: 'We are All Brothers and Sisters Under the Same Sun'.

http://www.chestercounty.com/2020/06/14/318193/editorial-we-are-all-brothers-and-sisters-under-the-same-sun-

 

Kendall, M. (2020). Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot. Viking.

 

Kendi, I. X. (2019). How to be an Antiracist. One World.

 

Love, B. (2019). We Want to Do More than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom. Beacon Press.


Wise, T. J. (2012). Dear White America: Letter to a New Minority. City Lights Books.

For an expanded list of books, readings, videos, movies and organizations (Anti-Racist Resources ), compiled by Dr. Diane Santori, Dr. Kathleen Riley, and Dr. Katie Solic, College of Education and Social Work

Videos to Expand Your Learning

Campus Community Centers and Affinity Groups

Testimonials

 (July 2020) Acts of racism often build over time and don’t’ take the form of a single action. It takes great courage to take a stand at one’s place of employment, but it helps when you don’t have to stand alone. Read Zaire and his co-workers’ story. Zaire is a West Chester University student and an active leader on the campus.
 
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