Conversations to Inform and Move to Action Together
Beyond Brave Spaces: Conversations to Inform & Move to Action Together Pt.2
Pandemic Pods, Hybrid Schedules, and Remote Instruction: Solutions or Perpetuating Inequities?
Date & Time: Thu, August 6, 2020 from 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM EDT
How is Racism a public health issue and education crisis? Join the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for part two of two live events where participants will learn from top local and national experts about these timely issues that cannot be ignored. Speakers will share their knowledge and how applying an equity lens can make positive and sustainable differences.
Sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in collaboration with the College of Education and Social Services.
This session creates space to:
- Explore the history of PK-12 schools in America
- Examine racial disparities in PK-12 schools in America
- Explain how to move to action together
- Address audience questions
- Dr. Tiffanie Spencer (she/her/hers) currently serves as the Director for Diversity and Community Engagement in the College of Education and Social Services (CESS). Her role provides leadership in facilitating community partnerships to expand diversity initiatives for the college, with emphasis on collaborating with local and national organizations, as well as on-campus colleagues to develop accessible pathways for University of Vermont students, faculty, and staff from historically underrepresented backgrounds. She also serves as a lecturer and affiliate faculty member of the CESS Higher Education and Student Affairs Master’s program. Prior to joining the UVM community, she earned a doctorate from the Institute of Higher Education at the University of Georgia. During her time there she worked with the Georgia College Advising Corps, an institutional partner of a national nonprofit that trains recent college undergraduates to assist students of underserved high schools with their postsecondary search and selection process. Her research interests align with much of recent work, which focuses on examining transition pathways and experiences of first generation, low-income, and underrepresented students from secondary to postsecondary educational opportunities. Prior to her time at the University of Georgia, Tiffanie has devoted much of her profession to higher education student affairs work in capacities including Residence Life, Student Conduct, Student Organization advisement, as well as student advising as part of an empowerment and retention program focused on working with underrepresented student populations. Tiffanie received her Master’s of Education in Higher Education Management with a concentration in Student Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the University of Notre Dame.
- Dr. Cynthia Reyes is a faculty member in the College of Education & Social Services at the University of Vermont where she developed and coordinates the Education for Cultural and Diversity (ECLD) Minor program. She also teaches a university-required race and racism in the U.S. course, and a service learning course. Her research and teaching currently focuses on critical and humanizing research with families and students with refugee experiences. She is co-principal investigator for a study that seeks to support intentional partnerships between families and schools. In addition, her projects intersect various areas in education: literacy for emergent bilingual English learners, anti-racist teaching, and educational policy for English learners. Prior to higher education, she taught in a bilingual (Spanish/English) classroom in the Chicago Public Schools and she also taught English as a second Language courses in adult education. She currently serves on the Vermont Advisory Board for Ethnic Studies for the VT State Agency of Education. She has a co-edited book on public scholarship in education and has published in various journals including Research in the Teaching of English, Qualitative Report, Reading Teacher, Journal of Teaching and Teacher Education and Middle School Journal.
- Dr. Lance Smith is an Associate Professor and coordinator of the graduate Counseling Program. His research and scholarship deals with issues connected to social equity and liberation: examining implicit bias within the field of counseling, measuring critical consciousness, evaluating the implementation of restorative practices in schools, and facilitating youth participatory action research that disrupts the status quo. A UVM Kroepsch-Maurice Excellence in Teaching Award winner, Lance endeavors to train and inspire counselors to be threats to inequity within their spheres of influence.
- Paul Suk-Hyun Yoon (he/him/his), Senior Advisor for Strategic Diversity Assessment and Research, Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of Vermont Paul serves as Senior Advisor to the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of Vermont (UVM). Paul contributes to strategic institutional discussions and planning, assists in designing, supporting, and implementing innovative programs, policies, and practices that promote inclusive excellence, stimulate a climate and culture of inclusivity, encourage full participation in university life, and helps encourage courageous conversations about institutional inequities. In addition to his work at UVM, Paul is also a Partner with CQ Strategies, LLC a Vermont-based consultancy that helps organizations become more culturally proficient through training, education, resources, and on-going support. Earlier in his career, Paul taught at the secondary level and was a school-based administrator at both the secondary and middle level.
Beyond Brave Spaces: Conversations to Inform & Move to Action Together Pt.1
Not Just COVID: Examining the Centuries of Health Care Inequities and Racial Trauma
Date & Time: Wed, August 5, 2020 from 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM EDT
How is Racism a public health issue and education crisis? Join the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for part one of two live events where participants will learn from top local and national experts about these timely issues that cannot be ignored. Speakers will share their knowledge and how applying an equity lens can make positive and sustainable differences.
Sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in collaboration with the Robert Larner College of Medicine.
This session creates space to:
- Explore the history of racial disparities in health care
- Examine racial trauma and the impact on mental health
- Explain how to move to action together
- Address audience questions
- Dr. Wanda Heading-Grant (she/her/her) is the Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion provides strategic vision, integrated leadership, and administrative oversight for diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives at the University of Vermont (UVM). The Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion reports to the President and advises senior leadership on essential policies, programs, and strategies to achieve inclusive excellence and to ensure that all who are in and a part of the university community receive the support necessary to thrive. Units reporting to the Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion include the Center for Cultural Pluralism; Interfaith Center; the Mosaic Center for Students of Color; the Prism Center; and the Women and Gender Equity Center. These units work collaboratively across campus to build and sustain a culture of inclusivity for faculty, staff, and students. The Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is also a part of the Provost’s Executive Team and supports the work of the President's Commission for Inclusive Excellence.
- Dr. Marissa N. Coleman is a Clinical Psychologist at the University of Vermont Medical Center. She also serves on the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Steering Committee at UVMMC and as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at The Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine at The University of Vermont. Dr. Coleman provides training, psychotherapy, and consulting services in English and Spanish. She has been a speaker at international conferences and media outlets including International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies, Columbia University, WCAX, ABC5, iHeart Radio, and CNN Español. Utilizing her expertise in traumatology and liberation psychologies, she seeks to contribute to local capacity building, infrastructure development, and culturally grounded approaches to what is considered “best practice” in the areas of mental health and psychological well-being.
- Dr. C. Brandon Ogbunu is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Yale University. His scientific research uses experimental evolution, mathematical modeling, and computational biology to better understand the underlying causes and consequences of disease, across scale. Ogbunu is also a science writer and social justice advocate whose work has focused on the intersection between science and culture.
- Dr. Jan K. Carney is Professor of Medicine & Associate Dean for Public Health and Health Policy at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont. She received her MD from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health. She is Board Certified in Internal Medicine & Preventive Medicine and Public Health. In 1988 she was appointed Deputy Commissioner of Health for the State of Vermont and became Commissioner of Health the following year, serving under Governors Madeline Kunin, Richard Snelling and Howard Dean, until 2003, when she joined UVM as a full-time faculty member. Carney is a Distinguished Educator in the Teaching Academy and developed Vermont’s first Master of Public Health degree and other graduate-level public health programs–all online–in partnership with UVM Continuing and Distance Education. She directs the Rural Health Research and Delivery Core for the Northern New England Clinical and Translational Research Network, working to engage clinicians, communities, and public health advocates in the development of research relevant to rural health needs. Dr. Carney was recently named a Master of the American College of Physician (MACP). She Carney recently served as vice-chair of the American College of Physicians’ Health and Public Policy Committee, contributing to health policy publications in areas of social determinants of health, insurance coverage, and patient partnership in health care. At UVM, she initiated and co-led the university’s transition to becoming a smoke-free campus in 2015. She is the author of a public health textbook, Controversies in Public Health and Health Policy.