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Past Events

Mentoring Students of Color in Undergraduate Research in Science and Mathematics

Monday, Oct. 19 | 4-5 p.m. via Microsoft Teams

Faculty in the Bartlett College of Science and Mathematics discussed BSU Assistant Provost Jenny Shanahan's 2018 article “Mentoring Strategies that Support Students from Underserved Groups in Undergraduate Research"  with the author. The article, based on research with BSU students, reports that particular forms of social-emotional support from faculty increased rates of participation and persistence in undergraduate research of students of color and low-income students. The results illustrate how heightened attentiveness to equity can ensure that inclusion is core to undergraduate research, one of the most consequential opportunities in higher education.

 

Environmental Justice Webinar

Thursday, Oct. 8 | 9:30-10:45 a.m. via Zoom

Sponsored by BSU’s Sustainability Program and Ethnic & Indigenous Studies. We also appreciate collaboration with and support from the Martin Richard Institute for Social Justice and Center for Transformative Learning.

BSU Speakers

Pamela Hayes-Bohanna, Senior Librarian
Dr. John Kucich

Guest Speakers

Kristen Wyman, from the Nipmuc tribe and co-founder of the Eastern Woodlands Rematriation Collective.
Dr. Daniel Faber, Director of Northeastern Environmental Justice Research Collaborative and faculty member in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Northeastern University.

Webinar recording »

 

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Black in Geoscience Week

Sunday, Sept. 6-Saturday, Sept. 12

The first ever Black in Geoscience Week took place from Sunday Sept. 6–Saturday Sept 12. Most activities took place on social media (@BlkInGeoscience on Twitter and @BlackInGeoscience on Instagram; follow along on the hashtags #BlackInGeoscience and #BiGWeek). A number of live events took place on Zoom and YouTube.

Black in Geoscience Week Summary »

 

Amplify: Black and Brown Voices of BSU

Tuesday, Aug. 4 | 6-9:30 p.m. via Zoom

Approximately 180 people attended the event, including 20 student speakers. The event opened with welcoming remarks by Amaryllis Lopez, '20, and Dr. Emily Field (English & African American Studies). The event focused on testimonies voiced by students and alumni about their experiences at BSU. Speakers shared their voices with the audience; audience members listened and did not respond directly via voice or written chat to the speakers during the event. Participants were divided into small group breakout sessions for approximately 45-60 minutes. Speakers were given support in speaker-only groups. Participant small groups were moderated by faculty and staff and provided an opportunity for listeners to process what they heard and to move toward actions they might be able to take in their own spheres of influence to effect positive change.

For more information about the Amplify event, contact Dr. Emily Field at e1field@bridgew.edu.

 

Cultural Humility and Active Allyship: A Virtual Panel of Social Work Faculty

Thursday, July 23, 2020 | 7-8:30 p.m.

Sponsored by Bridgewater State University School of Social Work.

Cultural humility combines ongoing self-reflection with a willingness to learn from others with different backgrounds. Social work practice that demonstrates cultural humility is critical in enacting genuine allyship. Two female faculty of color and one white female faculty colleague shared their personal and professional experiences of marginalization, privilege, and the role of cultural humility in efforts of ongoing active allyship. Additionally, the current social context, particularly COVID 19 and race-based police brutality, was explored—with special recognition of the evolving national dialogue about structural racism and justice, routes to authentic cultural humility and active allyship.

Panelist Information

Dr. Wendy Champagnie Williams, Associate Professor of Social Work
Dr. Champagnie Williams is first-generation American and college graduate in her family. Her research interests focus on communities of color and dynamics of power, privilege and oppression towards active allyship.

Dr. Judith Willison, Associate Professor of Social Work
Dr. Willison grew up in a white, Jewish, family of teachers who were civil rights activists. Dr. Willison is committed to community advocacy with formerly incarcerated people in efforts to stem mass incarceration.

Dr. Castagna Lacet, Associate Professor of Social Work
Dr. Lacet is Haitian-American, the 10th of 12 children and a first-generation college graduate. Her scholarly interests include building community collaborations, cultural humility, allyship and strengths-based teaching.

The presenters authored the article “Cultural Humility and Allyship in Action,” and they shared this resource list after the event.

This was a free virtual event via Zoom and offered 1.5 CEU credits. The presentation is now available on YouTube.

 

BSU Community Forums on Racial Justice

Bridgewater State University held two online community forums on racial justice in June 2020.

Wednesday, June 3 | 12:15-1:45 p.m. via Microsoft Teams

The first forum was moderated by Senior Administrative Fellow for Civics and Social Justice Dr. Mary Grant, and featured opening remarks by President Fred Clark, Provost Karim Ismaili, Dean Dr. Jeanean Davis-Street, Dr. Kevin McGowan, MRISJ Faculty Associate and Faculty in Elementary and Early Childhood Department, College of Education and Health Sciences, and Tyler Czyras, Vice President, BSU Student Government Association.

The 207 attendees participated in six small discussion groups, one each on Student Leadership for Racial Justice, Activism, Allyship, Navigating the Emotional Impact of Racial and Other Injustices, BSU as a Learning Community, and an Open Forum. Each group was supported by co-facilitators, a chat moderator and a note taker.

 

Tuesday, June 23 | 5-6:30 p.m. via Zoom

The second forum was moderated by Senior Administrative Fellow for Civics and Social Justice and Co-Chair of BSU’s Special Presidential Task Force Dr. Mary Grant, and featured opening remarks by President Fred Clark, Provost Karim Ismaili, Dean Dr. Jeanean Davis-Street, Dr. Kevin McGowan, MRISJ Faculty Associate and Faculty in Elementary and Early Childhood Department, College of Education and Health Sciences, Anna Rice, President BSU Student Government Association; Dr. Carolyn Petrosino, Professor Emerita of Criminal Justice, Co-Chair of BSU’s Special Presidential Task Force on Racial Justice, and Davede Alexander, BSU Trustee, Co-Chair of BSU’s Special Presidential Task Force on Racial Justice.

The 164 attendees participated in eight small discussion groups, supported by co-facilitators, a chat moderator and a note taker. There were two groups focused on Student Leadership for Racial Justice, one group on Activism, two groups on Allyship, one group on Navigating the Emotional Impact of Racial and Other Injustices, one group on BSU as a Learning Community, and one group that was an Open Forum.

 

Notes from the 14 small group sessions were reviewed and compiled by members of the planning team for the forums. The notes will be shared with members of the Special Presidential Task Force on Racial Justice as key data to use in developing recommendations of the Task Force and taking action for racial equity at BSU.

For more information about the community forums on racial justice, please contact the Martin Richard Institute for Social Justice at mrisj@bridgew.edu.