January 25, 2021

Upcoming Events

The National Academies is hosting a virtual workshop on January, 25, 2021 from 12 – 2 pm titled Fostering Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity in Neuroscience Training. This workshop will focus on inclusion and diversity in neuroscience training and will include discussions about racial equity. Register for the event here.

The Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research (SABER) is holding a seminar series focused on Diversity and Inclusion Efforts. The first talk in the series entitled Interrogating the center of STEM education by Dr. Cynthia Bauerle is available online here.

Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab

The next seminar in the series, Addressing students’ basic needs with a culture of caring during the pandemic by Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab, will be held on Feb. 4 at 12 pm. Learn more about the series and get the Zoom link here.

January 18, 2021

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Today we celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a leader of the Civil Rights Movement and first President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. In 1963, Dr. King and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference organized and carried out protests in Birmingham, Alabama, leading to Dr. King’s arrest. Importantly, while these protests were nonviolent, they were intended to be confrontational in nature. In responding to criticisms of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference’s approach, Dr. King penned the now famous Letter from Birmingham Jail.

Read or listen to Dr. King’s letter in its entirety.
Listen to the Supreme Court hearings about the case.
Reflect on the continued racial injustices that exist today and recommit to working for equity and civil rights.

Upcoming Event

The Mount Sinai Friedman Brain Institute and Office for Diversity and Inclusion are presenting The Impact of Racism on Mental Health on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 4 pm. Speakers for the event include:

Dr. Tanja Jovanovic from Wayne State University, discussing The Biological Impacts of Racism – Implications for Negative Health Outcomes
Dr. Monnica Williams from the University of Ottawa, discussing Racial Trauma and New Directions in Healing

The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Aya Osman and Joe Simon IV. Register for the event online here.

January 11, 2021

Upcoming Event

UMass ADVANCE and the Advance women, Equity, and Diversity (AWED) Theater from Florida International University (FIU) are hosting an interactive workshop on bystander intervention. The workshop will include performances of micro and macroaggressions, and opportunities to practice addressing these moments. Learn more about the strategies AWED Theater uses in this video.

Register in advance for one of two workshops:
February 8th from 11 am – 12:40 pm here
February 9th from 3 pm – 4:40 pm

Workshops are limited to 100 participants each. Please only register if you plan to attend.

December 17, 2020

UMass NSB graduate student Mélise Edwards has a new blog post out titled, “5 Ways to Take Action for Racial Justice.” We encourage everyone to read this! The article shares key strategies to become involved with anti-racism work, mistakes to avoid, and how to handle a mistake when you inevitably make one. Her Twitter thread on the importance of hiring DEI experts is also valuable reading. As we near the end of the year, Mélise’s writings offer an opportunity to reflect on how we can all recommit and focus our anti-racism efforts. Thank you, Mélise!

December 10, 2020

Ijeoma Oluo’s new book Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America is now available. The book focuses on the consequences of white male supremacy over the last 150 years in American history. Ijeoma Oluo is the New York Times bestselling author of So You Want to Talk About Race? and the self-published The Badass Feminist Coloring Book.

Listen to Ijeoma Oluo discuss her new book with Traci Thomas, the host of The Stacks podcast here.