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Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020

Subject: Racial Justice Updates


Dear Colleagues,

We are writing to update you on racial justice events, including several opportunities to participate this week in Indigenous People’s Day events, within the Division of Academic Affairs.

Wednesday, October 7 – 10:00 am-12:05 pm
Workshop: Decolonizing Research Methodologies
Moderator: Dr. Diana J. Fox, Professor and Chairperson of Anthropology
Workshop with faculty researchers on decoloniality: what it is, how it’s incorporated into research methods, theoretical approaches, collaborations, etc.

Wednesday, October 7 – 3:00-4:30 pm
Antiracist Teaching & Learning Workshop 
Facilitators: Dr. Kevin McGowan, Assistant Professor of Elementary & Early Childhood
Education and Faculty Fellow in the Martin Richard Institute for Social Justice and
Dr. Melissa Winchell, Associate Professor and Graduate Chairperson of Secondary Education & Professional Programs.
Sponsored by the Faculty Advocacy Network (FAN) and the Part-Time Faculty Development Program

Thursday, October 8 – 9:30-10:45 am
Environmental Justice Webinar
BSU faculty will share their research on environmental justice
Two guest speakers: Kristen Wyman, from the Nipmuc tribe and co-founder of the Eastern Woodlands Rematriation Collective and Dr. Daniel Faber, Director of Northeastern Environmental Justice Research Collaborative and faculty member in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Northeastern University
Sponsored by BSU’s Sustainability Program and Ethnic & Indigenous Studies.

Thursday, October 8 – 2:00-3:15pm
Ending Indigenous Sports Mascots
Led by Dr. Maura Rosenthal, Professor, Department of Movement Arts, Health Promotion & Leisure Studies, and students.

These and other BSU workshops, webinars, discussions, and guest speakers promoting racial justice are advertised on the Racial Justice events page of the Racial Justice at BSU website. Faculty, librarians, and staff with ideas for workshops, discussions, or other virtual learning opportunities, are welcome to contact Jenny Shanahan ( or 508-565-8166) to brainstorm topics or just to plan the date and time.


With gratitude,

Karim Ismaili
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Pam Russell
Associate Provost for Academic and Faculty Affairs

Jenny Shanahan
Assistant Provost for High-Impact Practices