Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in COE
The College of Education at Georgia Southern University is committed to a culture of inclusive excellence in which faculty, staff, students and visitors collaborate in an environment that is welcoming and respectful. The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee embraces and promotes diversity in all spaces within the College. We define diversity as characteristics and identities of individuals including, but not limited to: race, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, class, marital status and political beliefs. Inclusion involves recognizing and embracing differences between individuals.
Our goal of inclusivity is to create a sense of belonging and our College values and practices reflect respect for the talents, beliefs, cultural backgrounds and identities of its constituents. We believe that diversity, equity and inclusion are critical elements in creating a conducive atmosphere to foster open-mindedness, compassion in teaching, learning and inquiry, as well as a necessary condition for preparing our graduates to succeed in a diverse global society.
COE Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee Members 2020-2021
|Peggy Shannon-Baker, CFR|
Chianit Grant-Culver, ESE
Terry Diamanduros, LTHD
Michelle Reidel, MGSE
Matt Dunbar, COE Staff
|Meca Williams-Johnson, CFR|
Calvin Walton, ESE
Kristen Dickens, LTHD
Alex Reyes, MGSE
Earnestine Burns, COE Staff
Tracy Linderholm, Assoc. Dean
Georgia Library Media Association
- Kimberlé Crenshaw’s talk at the 2016 Women of the World Festival on intersectionality and her work on #SayHerName at the African American Policy Forum
- “5 ways of understanding Black Lives Matter” talk by Dr. Frank Leon Roberts and performance by Ledisi
- Your Kids Aren’t too Young to Talk About Race https://www.prettygooddesign.org/blog/Blog%20Post%20Title%20One-5new4?fbclid=IwAR3-WJBQJj4ltOIx36h8reQHhYWyVu5kKGXQoT-yT5Big0ZA5BYgrb-7pT0
- CNN and Sesame Street’s town hall on racism for kids and their families which featured Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms
- CNN recreated back in 2010 the Doll Test to see how younger children (ages 5+) internalize messages they learn about skin color
Middle School Age
High School Age
- Embrace Race- Where to find diverse children’s books: https://www.embracerace.org/resources/where-to-find-diverse-childrens-books?fbclid=IwAR2WbG03hD2RROEftjSQVZeaNmXJ3QGEayYl2AsTZYpi11V5rGrUDfn7fms
- How to be an Antiracist Educator article by Dena Simmons
- Rethinking Schools magazine (includes articles by p-12 teachers on their teaching, curriculum, relationships with students/families/community)
- Special collection in Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning on “An unpaid debt: The case for racial equity in higher education“
- Black Lives Matter Fall 2016 syllabus by Dr. Frank Leon Roberts at NYU
- APA.org – Bias Free Language/ Racial and Ethnic Identity
- How to talk with students about racism. –https://www.chronicle.com/article/We-Can-t-Ignore-This/249001?cid=wcontentlist_teaching_nl
- Advice to White allies: insights from faculty of Color-https://www.researchgate.net/publication/265389887_Advice_to_White_allies_insights_from_faculty_of_Color
CRITICAL CONVERSATIONS AND DEVELOPMENT
The COE’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee has prepared a full slate of opportunities to engage faculty, staff, and students in discussions. Please see the upcoming events below
UPCOMING ZOOM PANEL DISCUSSION
- Being an Anti-Racist Educator, October 15, 2020 9:30-10:30 a.m., led by Chelda Smith Kondo, Amee Adkins, and Jemelleh Nurse Coes.
- Being an Anti-Racist Educator ZOOM Link TBA
ZOOM PANEL DISCUSSION
- Allyship and Activism held on September 10, 2020, 9:30-10:30 a.m., led by Chelda Smith Kondo, Katie Brkich and Chris Pugh. Please click the link below to hear the full panel discussion and how to take the next steps to structural and material change for marginalized groups.
- Allyship and Activism Panel Discussion : Access Passcode: Allyship!9-10-20
Community and Conversation
Our goal with the Community and Conversation Series is to provide an informal venue for faculty and staff to learn together. These virtual discussion-based sessions will feature a different resource each month.
Attendees are asked to view, listen to or read the resource prior to our meeting when we will come together to share ideas and insights.
You do not need to register in advance to participate. Simply view,
listen to or read the selected resource before joining the meeting.
- Tuesday, October 15, 2020 1:00 p.m. ZOOM LINK
- Oct. 15, will feature an episode from NPR’s podcast series Code Switch.
Please visit future Community and Conversation Series events here.
Sept. 29, 2020 – Book Circle: I’m Still Here, by Austin Channing Brown, 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. More information forthcoming.
Sept. 29, 2020 – Professional Learning Community: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Teaching 4:00-5:00 p.m.. More information forthcoming.
Oct. 20, 2020 – Book Circle: The 57 Bus, by Dashka Slater, 3:00 p.m. More information forthcoming.
Nov. 12, 2020, 6:00 p.m. – Documentary: Breaking the Silence Lillian Smith movie with discussion from filmmaker Hal Jacobs (will be held on the Savannah Campus ) More information forthcoming.
Nov. 17, 2020 – Community & Conversation: Poetry 1:00 p.m. More information forthcoming.
If you are a student, staff or faculty member in need of support, please complete the support form below.
The Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion Award is designed to honor College of Education faculty and staff who show ongoing engagement in issues of diversity. Faculty and staff applying for the COE Commitment Diversity and Inclusion Award should have an innovative and unique perspective to promoting and building respect for diversity in the classroom. Candidates need to demonstrate how they advance the diversity, equity and inclusion within the College and throughout the community.
- Implemented or developed an innovative program, policy, course or professional development training that has served to inform the college community about topics related diversity
- Actively supported diversity initiatives, programs, and educational opportunities in the College of Education and contributed to creating an inclusive and welcoming environment.
Please see the Commitment Award application for materials and procedures
GEORGIA SOUTHERN INCLUSIVE EXCELLENCE
Please visit the Georgia Southern University’s Inclusive Excellence website for more information. Inclusive Excellence is an on-going, collaborative process uniting Georgia Southern students, faculty, staff, administrators and alumni in the work of embedding diversity and inclusiveness throughout University life.
Last updated: 9/25/2020