The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) has organized a Lunch and Learn virtual workshop series (May 26-May 29, 2020). Faculty and staff members have volunteered to lead discussions, share their knowledge, and answer questions about issues that affect the Harper community. Grab your lunch and hop on Webex (see links for each event) for these stimulating conversations. We welcome all interested folks into our spaces whether you are well versed on the topic, or just hearing about it for the first time.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Virtual Workshop Series

Session details and link to join in Webex are listed below and also available on HIP. All sessions will be recorded and made available after the series ends. There will be a sign language interpreter at every session.

Everything You Wanted to Know About Trans-Identified Folks (But Were Afraid to Ask)
Many people want to know more about what it’s like to be trans-identified or how to support trans-identified people, but they’re afraid to ask the questions that are on their minds. This workshop will cover some of the most commonly asked questions folks have about trans-experiences—especially those our students, faculty, and staff encounter at Harper—and invites participants to ask the questions they’ve been afraid to air out loud. Dr. Anastasia—a transgender professor at Harper College—will use a combination of area expertise, personal experience, and humor to get down to the nitty gritty of trans life to empower all participants to be a trans ally.

  • Date: Tuesday, May 26, 2020
  • Time: 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Facilitator: Andrew Anastasia (he/him/his)
  • CEUs: 0.1
  • Webex link to join

Book Club Discussion: White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
Deena and Joe lead a discussion about the best-selling book White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo. The premise of the book focuses on a reaction in which white people become defensive when confronted with the topics of race and racism. We’ll attempt (attempt being the key word) to walk through the book’s overarching concepts in the hour-long, guided session.

  • Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2020
  • Time: 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Facilitators: Joe Scrima (he/him/his) and Deena Ata (she/her/hers)
  • CEUs: 0.1
  • Webex link to join
  • Supplemental Materials: White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo; we will also refer to the author’s website: https://robindiangelo.com/publications/

Equity and Equality: A Discussion about Practical Application in the Virtual Classroom
As we’ve moved into online virtual spaces the inequities between those with and without technology have become apparent nationwide. In our own institution, we’ve stepped up efforts to provide students with loaned devices, access to Wi-Fi, and increased technical support to help our students through this difficult time. Providing students with technology is a great step toward bridging the digital divide and creating equality in terms of access to devices, Wi-Fi, and support. Moreover, providing students supportive instruction provides our students with equitable opportunities to complete their education. These issues are complex and the questions regarding technology and equity do not have concrete answers. We have so many colleagues that are working toward the process of achieving equity in multiple spheres. Today I’d like to open a dialogue where we can have a conversation about equality and equity in our virtual classrooms. 

  • Date: Thursday, May 28, 2020
  • Time: 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Facilitator: Ana Contreras (she/her/hers)
  • CEUs: 0.1
  • Webex link to join
  • Supplemental Materials: From Equity Talk to Equity Walk by Estela Mara Bensimon, Lindsey Malcom, and Tia Brown McNair

Exploring Yosso’s Community Cultural Wealth Model
This presentation will focus on the differences between asset and deficit based models. It will emphasize Yosso’s Community Cultural Wealth model and how it continues to disrupt the traditional ways that minoritized communities are referred to and treated.

  • Date: Friday, May 29, 2020
  • Time: 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Facilitator: Flor M. Reza (she/her/hers)
  • CEUs: 0.1
  • Webex link to join
  • Supplemental Materials: Tara J. Yosso. (2005). Whose culture has capital? A critical race theory discussion of community cultural wealth, Race Ethnicity and Education, 8:1, 69-91, DOI: 10.1080/1361332052000341006

For any questions or concerns, you may contact: Flor Reza at freza@harpercollege.edu or Claudia Mercado at cmercado@harpercollege.edu.