University of Vermont

Inclusive Excellence at UVM: Building Our Collective Capacities

Blackboard Jungle 10 Symposium
March 30 and 31, 2017

Register for Blackboard Jungle 10

Please join the Office of the Vice President for Human Resources, Diversity and Multicultural Affairs for the 10th anniversary of the Blackboard Jungle Symposium, Cultivating Space for Learning in Turbulent Times, on March 30 & 31, 2017. A keynote presentation and discussion, “Slanted Eyes: The Asian-American Experience,” will be held on Thursday, March 30, 2017 from 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. in the Dudley H. Davis Center. The presentation will feature keynote speaker Sam Louie, a psychotherapist specializing in addictions and multicultural issues and blog author of “Minority Report: Candid Conversations about Race, Culture, and Psychology” for Psychology Today. This event is free and open to the public.

On Friday, March 31, 2017 there will be a full day of symposium panels and workshops that are designed to support UVM faculty, staff, and all others seeking to develop skills, knowledge, and a deeper understanding of diversity that supports excellence in teaching, service, and research. The symposium sessions are dedicated to creating “open spaces” where all members of our community can participate in authentic dialogue, valued reflection, and expanded learning to promote inclusive excellence for all.

Universities are not immune to the xenophobia and racial resentment that continue to escalate in the wake of the most rancorous election season many of us have ever witnessed. As we deal with the fallout in our public and private lives, our classrooms and work environments are crucial spaces to analyze and honestly reckon with alarming cultural hysteria around immigration and racial and ethnic diversity, as well as grave misunderstandings regarding hate speech and sexual harassment. This symposium is an opportunity to discuss the varying roles that the classroom and work environment can play in civic life.

Dr. Sheila Gregory, author of Black Women in the Academy: The Secrets to Success and Achievement, and a professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Higher Education at Clark Atlanta University, will be the breakfast keynote speaker. Kimberly J. Norwood, Henry H. Oberschelp Professor of Law at Washington University School of Law and author of Ferguson's Fault Lines: The Race Quake that Rocked a Nation, will be the luncheon keynote speaker.

New This Year! The symposium will conclude with a 10th anniversary evening reception on Friday, March 31st from 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. in the Grand Maple Ballroom in the Dudley H. Davis Center. There will be live music performed by the UVM Jazz/Funk Allstars, dancing, and hors d’ oeuvres. This event is included in your registration at no additional cost, however you must register for the event.


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