"Intergroup Dialogue Processes @BlackVillanova"
Sheryl Bowen, Faculty, ODEI/ IGR/Communication; Celina Alexander, Alexandra Delboy Zenteno, Alex Iannucci, Terry Nance, Ariella Robbins
Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) students and staff voiced troubling stories from their experiences during the Summer of 2020 through Black@ Instagram accounts. The ODEI and IGR Graduate Assistant content analyzed more than 150 posts from @BlackVillanova. Using several of the key themes that were discovered, facilitators will present excerpts and, using IGRs community guidelines, initiate dialogue among session attendees to help increase understanding. This is an active participation session! Through COM 5300, IGR dialogues on topics such as race, gender, and class have been run every semester since 2011.
"Trauma-Informed Values and Movement Organizing"
Frances Kreimer, Faculty, Law School; Deeya Haldar, Law School
This interactive workshop will focus on the evolving field of trauma-informed services and its relationship to movement organizing. We will begin the workshop by exploring trauma, trauma-informed practice, and social movements, and discuss what each looks like in our different fields. We will explore how the trauma-informed values of empowerment, choice, agency, and solidarity could help us frame collective organizing and social movements as trauma-informed modalities, and what it would look like to intentionally incorporate a trauma-informed framework into movement work.
"Active Nonviolence 101 Training"
Michelle Sherman, Staff, Campus Ministry; Gary Zeron, Graduate Student/Alumni and Kathryn Getek Soltis, Director of Center for Peace and Justice Education
This workshop will be an introduction to active nonviolence as a creative “soul force,” strategy, spirituality, and way of life. We will share practical tools to use in personal relationships, communities, and work for justice and reconciliation. This session will introduce participants to the basics of active nonviolence based on the teachings of King, Gandhi, John Dear, and Veronica Pelicaric.
"The Imperative to Examine Health Disparities Data Through the Lens of Historical Context"
Elizabeth Petit de Mange, Faculty, Fitzpatrick College of Nursing; Guy M. Weissinger, II PhD, MPhil, RN Assistant Professor Fitzpatrick College of Nursing; Catherine Kim, Undergraduate Student
The COVID 19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted minority populations in the United States, most notably African Americans and Native Americans, with unfathomable rates of infection and deaths. These disparities have exposed the implicit and explicit biases that have existed for years in US health care delivery systems, education, and policies. In this presentation we will discuss the imperative to explore health outcomes and disparities data through the lens of historical context. Using COVID-19 as a case study, we will demonstrate how racism, social structures, and the healthcare system (providers and policies) have contributed to the perpetuation of health disparities.
"Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence’ - as Relevant Today as Ever"
Paul Sheldon, Faculty, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences
King’s 1967 speech at Riverside Church, “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence,” challenges us through his linkage of “the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism, and militarism.” Delivered exactly one year before his death, this speech is as timely today as it was then. As we consider what he said at Riverside, it may help us understand why at the time of his assassination King was the most hated man in America. Have we white-washed the real King in our public praise of him?