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Campus and National Climate: Reporting, Resources, Events

Senior UO leadership and the University Senate have reaffirmed the university’s commitment to “diversity of thought, experience, perspective, culture, and background,” condemned “all forms of discrimination,” and vowed “to work actively to protect and support all members of our campus community” (University of Oregon Leadership Statement, “Support for resolution reaffirming shared values of respect, diversity, equity, and inclusion,” Nov. 17, 2016).

New channels are available to help us communicate about the ongoing work of realizing these commitments.

(1) UO’s new reporting and resource Web site, respect.uoregon.edu, “provides a one-stop location for those who have faced discrimination, those looking to contribute the campus diversity efforts and those who simply want to know more about the resources available.” You can also call the Non-Emergency Incident Report Line at 541-346-5555 twenty-four hours a day to report an incident of bias or discrimination.

(2) As students process and discuss the transition to a new U.S. presidential administration and consider difference, power, and discrimination through academic and experiential lenses, TEP recommends a range of inclusive teaching strategies, which begin with “engaging and valuing every student, and seeking to enhance the relational dynamics of the class as a whole, by intentionally attending not merely to the intellectual but also to the social and emotional climate of the classroom.”[1]

Inclusive Teaching logoTEP responds in writing within two business days to concerns and questions about class climate and inclusive teaching posted through this Web portal.

Strategies for working with emotion in the classroom by TEP’s own Jason Schreiner can be found here. And here is the University of Michigan’s  Center for Research on Teaching and Learning’s “Guidelines for Discussing Difficult or Controversial Topics.”

 

Upcoming UO events related to campus and national climate:

Post-inauguration Roundtable: Changing Immigration Rules
Mon, Jan. 30, 6-7:30pm
EMU Ballroom

Town Hall meeting for international, undocumented, and concerned students regarding changes to immigration rules and practices. Faculty, staff and community welcome. A panel of experts, including Professor Maria Blanco, executive director, Undocumented Legal Services Center at UC Davis, will address questions surrounding current immigration policies and proposed changes to legislation. Sponsored by the Office of International Affairs, Center for Multicultural Academic Excellence, Center on Diversity and Community, and Ethnic Studies Department.

Event Panelists:
Maria Blanco
Executive Director
Undocumented Legal Services Center
UC Davis

Betsy Boyd
Associate Vice President of Federal Affairs

Rosa Chavez-Jacuinde
Associate Director, Center for Multicultural Academic Excellence

Jennifer Doreen
International Employment Specialist

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Live the Question: A Prelude to Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Visit
Tues, Jan. 31, 6-8pm
Global Scholars Hall

Coates’ Between the World Me invites its reader to explore the world through a life of “constant questioning”: a life of refining and honing our questions with rigor and care. This is, of course, the life at the heart of a research university like ours.

 The Division of Undergraduate Studies invites students and faculty facilitators to an evening that will include small group discussion prompted by specific passages and themes in Between the World and Me. Students will be encouraged to ponder and to generate very specific questions at issue.

If you’re interested in participating and/or having your students participate, please complete this short form.

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2017 Ruhl Lecture featuring Ta-Nehisi Coates
A Deeper Black: Race in America
Fri, Feb. 3, 6pm
Matthew Knight Arena

Ta-Nehisi Coates does not tend to pre-write his keynotes. He talks extemporaneously, forcefully, on the events of the day-sometimes, that literal day-and incorporates themes from his writing. Lately, his focus is on the systemic racism that is inseparable from the growth of the nation: the racist policies that have plundered black bodies, black property, and black lives for economic and social gain. How can we reconcile these acts, many of them ongoing, with the supposedly postracial country some claim we are moving towards? Other related topics include the distressing series of murders of unarmed black people that has rocked the country and dominated headlines. Coates does not offer a casual “snapshot,” does not provide easy answers, and does not dole out false hope. He engages audiences in a meaningful, historically-grounded, up-to-the-minute discussion on what it means to talk-really talk-about race today.
Tickets can be reserved here.

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It’s Complicated: A Student Forum on How Universities Help and Hinder Activism
Wed, Feb 8 4-6pm
EMU Redwood Auditorium

Lexi Bergeron is a psychology major with a minor in women’s and gender studies. Bergeron has served as the academic residential community assistant for the LGBTQIA+ Scholars for the past two years where she collaborates with the Office of the Dean of Students and the Women’s and Gender Studies Department to support first-year students.

Isabel Courtelis is a third year undergraduate and majors in Ethnic Studies and Education. She is the volunteer coordinator at the ASUO Women’s Center, a research assistant for Legal Studies, and part of Dis/Oriented Film Collective.

Alexandro Fierro-Stephens is a senior majoring in ethnic studies and public policy planning and management. He is a codirector of the Multicultural Center and a peer advisor at the Center for Multicultural Academic Excellence.

Daniel HoSang is an associate professor of  political science and ethnic studies, as well as head of the Ethnic Studies Department.

Perla Alvarez Lucio is a first-generation Xicana studying ethnic studies with minors in Spanish and planning, public policy and management. Perla found her passion in community organizing, social justice, reproductive justice, youth involvement and activism through her involvement in organizations like the Multnomah Youth Commission, OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon and Momentum Alliance.

CJ Pascoe is an associate professor in the UO Sociology Department, where she teaches courses on sexuality, masculinity, social psychology, and gender.

Jennifer Reynolds is an associate professor at the University of Oregon School of Law.  Her current research interests center on activist methods and alternative processes, and whether and how law schools can meaningfully support community activism.

 

[1] Magee, Rhonda. “The Way of ColorInsight: Teaching and Learning Race and Law Through Mindfulness-Based ColorInsight Practices,” Georgetown Law Journal of Modern Critical Race Perspectives (2015).

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