2021 Archive

A Day for Learning and Speaking Out Against Racial Injustice Tuesday, March 23 - Thursday, March 25, 2021
Organized by an interdisciplinary group of faculty, staff, and students, the day catalyzes conversations that confront racism as a structural and systemic phenomenon that most affects those marginalized in our society. Each year we begin by looking at racism demonstrated by current events and then reflect on racism and antiracism within our own teaching and learning environment.

March 23

10:00 AM - Who Cares for the Activist? Tending to our Collective Wounds Facilitated by Amal Kouttab, Quincy Stephenson, & Matt Walsh from DU Counseling Services -Register in advance for this meeting:

Being an activist can be a calling and fulfilling work, but there can be a shadow side to working for racial justice and systemic change. Burnout, compassion or racial combat fatigue, alienation, and vicarious or secondary trauma can impact an activist's wellbeing and effectiveness. Who Cares for the Activist? is a dynamic workshop for students, faculty, and staff interested in learning more about the potential challenges of engaging in the work of an activist and how to lessen the impact of these through community care practices. This workshop proposes a shift from traditional ideas of "self-care" practices to communal and organizational approaches that can help sustain and rejuvenate the spirits of those engaged in the important work of social transformation.

4:30 PM -Keynote Address by Rev. Dr. Eboni Marshall Turman, "Black Lives Matter: A Moral Account of Anti-Racist Activism"

Assistant Professor of Theology and African American Religion, Yale University Divinity School
Welcoming remarks by Dr. Kristine Blair, Dean, McAnulty College & Graduate School of Liberal Arts, Introduction by Dr. Kathy Glass, DLSO Co-Chair, Department of English,
Q&A moderated by Dr. Anthony Kane, Jr. Director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion - Register at: https://duq.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_aAqPEDnYTUSQwGafRHgj5A

Rev. Dr. Turman will address the textures of Black suffering in the US and the development of Black moral activisms in the public square. Specific emphasis will be placed on the tenuous nature of black breath (#ICan'tBreathe) and the transformative viability of the "die-in" as one contemporary form of nonviolent direct action. It will conclude with practical strategies for anti-racist justice-making in the world.

March 24

12:15 PM - I'm Not Racist But.. : The Rhetoric of Harmful Language and Navigating Uncomfortable Conversations Panelists: Diana Forry, Caitlyn Hunter, and Chris Maverick- Register at: https://duq.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwsdu-sqjwvGtP8FWfUCkcQiY59NoJ3F0q0

Graduate students from the doctoral program in the English Department will discuss their experiences with microaggressions, colorblindedness, and conversations around race relations to navigate apprehension around discussions about race and anti-biased vocabulary. Since many of our conversations around race are now happening in digital spaces (and in a world where no one sees anyone else), combating awkward interactions and developing a logic for arguing with those who may not see themselves as racist or biased are more crucial now than ever.

4:30 PM - Asian-Americans and Race in the 21st Century: Challenges and Hopes Facilitated by Cassie diBenedetti, winner of the inaugural Community Engaged Teaching and Research Racial Equity Grant - Register at: https://duq.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcufu-oqTMqGN3N8qAsYxNdVlhCE1GfNRDP

Panelists: Jessica Cetorelli, Junior, Education Cassie DiBenedetti, Junior, Data Science Carmela Gorres, Sophomore, Forensic Science & Law Emmala Le, Sophomore, Nursing

Four Duquesne undergraduates will address the experiences and challenges that face Asian-American students on US college campuses in relation to race and racism, and especially in the era of COVID-19 and emerging social justice movements.

6:30 PM - Juvenile Justice in Context Film Screening and Discussion Facilitated by Dr. Eva Simms, Department of Psychology- Register in advance for this session. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Registration

Our PlaceLab and film maker Christian Nowlin's Juvenile Justice in Context weaves together the tragic story of a Pittsburgh black middle-class neighborhood (Beltzhoover) and its decimation through unemployment, poverty, drugs, and gang-violence. It tells the story of Keith Hicks before and during his incarceration, and demonstrates the daily lives and psychology of young men who became involved in gang violence.

9:00 PM - Sacred Conversations on Race Facilitated by Luci-Jo DiMaggio, Director of Mission Animation- Students can register for this event by emailing: dimaggi171@duq.edu

This series allows undergraduate students to be guided by peer leaders in table discussions centered around racial identity, personal prejudice, and systemic racism. The program is centered around the idea that all conversations that require us to share parts of our stories, and receive the stories of others are sacred, and thus occur in a sacred space. Note: This event is for undergraduates only.

March 25

12:15-1:30 - Race and Pedagogy: A Discussion of Readings Facilitated by Erin Rentschler, Center for Teaching Excellence

How do race, teaching, and learning intersect at a predominantly white university? What strategies and habits of mind can foster inclusivity? What strategies can we use to engage in effective race talk? What happens when conversations about race emerge but aren't part of the intended curriculum? For details on the readings and to register, please visit the CTE event page.

The DLSO is grateful to its financial and in-kind sponsors for 2021:

The Critical Race Theory Speaker Series of the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts, the departments of Theology, English, Psychology, and Sociology, the Center for Teaching Excellence, the Elsinore Bennu Think Tank for Restorative Justice, the Center for Student Wellbeing, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and Spiritan Campus Ministry.

The 2021 DLSO against Racial Injustice Planning Committee:

Faculty and staff members:

Kathy Glass (Co-Chair, English), Anna Floerke Scheid (Co-Chair, Theology), Daniel Burston (Psychology), Norm Conti (Sociology, Elsinore Bennu Think Tank), Luci-Jo DiMaggio (Spiritan Campus MInistry), Christine Lorenz (Publicity, Art History), Terra Merkey (Gumburg); Emad Mirmotahari (English); Mary Parish (Online Learning), Erin Rentschler (CTE), and Matthew Walsh (Student Wellbeing).

Student members: Caitlin Hunter, Diana Forry, Chris Maverick, Cassie diBenedetti, and Roman Ramsey.