Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Virtual Workshop SeriesThe Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) organized a Lunch and Learn virtual workshop series (May 26-May 29, 2020). Faculty and staff members volunteered to lead discussions, share their knowledge, and answer questions about issues that affect the Harper community.

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 session covered some of the most commonly asked questions folks have about trans-experiences—especially those our students, faculty, and staff encounter at Harper—and invited participants to ask the questions they’ve been afraid to air out loud. Dr. Anastasia—a transgender professor at Harper College—used 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.

  • Watch the webinar recording (captioning available soon!)
  • Date: Tuesday, May 26, 2020
  • Time: 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Facilitator: Andrew Anastasia (he/him/his)
  • CEUs: 0.1

Book Club Discussion: White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

Deena Ata and Joe Scrima led 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. The session walked through the book’s overarching concepts in the hour-long, guided session.

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. In this session, Ana Contreras opened a dialogue for a conversation about equality and equity in our virtual classrooms. 

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

Exploring Yosso’s Community Cultural Wealth Model

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

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  • 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
  • Date: Friday, May 29, 2020
  • Time: 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Facilitator: Flor M. Reza (she/her/hers)
  • CEUs: 0.1

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