Deep Equity Now

The DEEP Equity Now series is about preparing educators to elevate beyond the safe and performative aspect of equity, into the space that Baldwin describes as “go[ing] for broke.” It is here that our work becomes transformative, as we learn how to put it all on the line.

February 9, 12:30 pm (PST)/ 3:30 pm (EST):
Deep Equity Now - The Intro

In this introductory session to our DEEP Equity now series, we have 3 distinguished deans - Dr. Lisa May Norton, with Touro University California, Dr. Jacob Easley, with Touro University NY, and Dr. Kimberly White-Smith, with the University of La Verne - discussing what it takes to move the equity conversation from awareness to action. In this, they will be discussing what it means to engage in DEEP Equity and the possibilities for what this can look like at the actionable level at our respective institutions. As we continue to work through collectively, a pandemic that has forever shifted all of our lives, these deans will outline what it takes to rise above our circumstance, shine a light on equity, and prioritize exposing the brilliance of the communities we serve.

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February 23, 12:30 pm (PST)/ 3:30 pm (EST): 
DEEP Equity and HSIs

A Hispanic-Serving Institution is a designation that represents that an institution of higher education has a full-time undergraduate enrollment of at least 25% Hispanic students. But what does this really mean, and more importantly, what ethical, moral, legal responsibilities come with this designation? In this DEEP Equity session, we are talking “All of the Above” with Dr. Marcella Cuellar, from the University of California Davis. Dr. Cuellar’s research and lived experiences will lend to an enriching conversation on how institutions of higher education can better ensure equitable outcomes for Hispanic students, and how communities can hold these institutions accountable

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March 9, 12:30 pm (PST)/ 3:30 pm (EST): 
DEEP Equity and Intersectionality

What exists at the intersection of equity and intersectionality? As the identities of our students, faculty, communities become more diverse and complex, the overlapping of individual characteristics and community memberships requires equity that is 3 dimensional, and no longer singularly focused. Dr. Crystal Moore joins us for this conversation to talk about how equity and intersectionality plays out in her work as an educational scholar and practitioner. An enrolled Tribal member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Dr. Moore will share with us how she leverages her own intersectionality to act equitably on behalf of cultural preservation, revitalization and capacity building through information and communication technologies for U.S. Indigenous Peoples.

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March 23, 12:30 pm (PST)/ 3:30 pm (EST): 
DEEP Equity and Neurodiversity

There is no one “right” way of thinking, learning and behaving. As we continue to learn about neurodiversity and incorporate it’s considerations in our teaching and communication, how we do equity, must emphasized. Dr. Niki Elliott, Co-Director of the Center for Neurodiversity, Learning, and Wellness, will join us for this conversation. With over 25 years in the game, Dr. Elliot’s understanding of holistic education, educational neurobiology, social-emotional well-being and mind-body wellness practices means that she doesn’t just talk the talk, but she is doing and living out equity in her practice everyday. In this conversation, she will help us to understand how we can do the same, as we continue to explore DEEP Equity Now

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April 6, 12:30 pm (PST)/ 3:30 pm (EST): 
DEEP Equity and Culturally Responsive Leadership

Is equity the latest iteration of cultural responsiveness or is it a totally separate and unique concept? In this session we are looking at how equitable leadership is also culturally responsive leadership. Drs. Syene Cooper and Chris Smith will help us talk about how these two types of leadership play out in an urban school environment, as well as how we can teach our students to lead in this way.

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April 20, 12:30 pm (PST)/ 3:30 pm (EST): 
DEEP Equity Now Recap

Dr. Ononuju and Dr. Cobb will recap the Deep Equity series and what has been learned over the 5 sessions. Their discussion will explore the impacts of the various sessions on the CA and NY communities, how we can implement some of the lessons learned into our communities now and what are the next steps moving forward. Ultimately, this discussion will answer whether or not we have a better understanding of DEEP Equity and if the series has lived up to its mandate for Equity Now. 

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