Diversity Now Webinar Series

Diversity Now Webinar Series

Diversity Now, brought to you by The Graduate School of Education (GSOE) at Touro University California (TUC), is a series of informative and courageous conversations about what it means for education to live diversity in 2020. The re-imagining of our educational system is a collateral necessity of the coronavirus, civil unrest and social disruption that has accompanied this moment in time, and with it comes the call for diversity now. Hosted by Dr. Ijeoma Ononuju, Coordinator of the Equity, Diversity & Inclusive Education program, the weekly webinars will cover a variety of subjects, all to stimulate thinking and action about how our schools should live diversity for 2020 and beyond. Apply Now!Request Information

February 10, 3:30pm (PST): The World Without Whiteness

In the face of the ongoing atrocity of police brutality and in recognition of how "white silence" is also a form of violence, Dr. Vajra Watson tackles the tough question of what the world would be without Whiteness. Watson investigates the ways that Whites strategically move from White Fragility to White Accountability, towards a Critical White Consciousness that doesn't seek to emulate its past, but run forward into its future. Come listen as Dr. Watson discusses how to uproot whiteness as a means to upend racism, supremacy and racial injustice.

*Links to articles & webinars referenced in Dr. Vajra Watson's segment can be found in the YouTube description box.

To view the recording, visit https://youtu.be/hoeIaGpg2Lk 

February 17, 3:30pm (PST): E.D.I.E & USPREP

In this webinar, Dr. Ijeoma Ononuju will be joined by Dr. Page Hersey to talk about what it means to have Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) as part of the DNA of the Graduate School of Education (GSOE). As part of their discussion, they will share about the US Prep self-study, the work they've been doing with Kevin Kumashiro, and the lift required to bring a renewed focus to DEI to the GSOE.

To view the recording, visit https://youtu.be/YIA2vqNmd_I

February 24, 3:30pm (PST): Abolitionist Leadership 

What is abolitionist leadership and how can it help leaders understand the beliefs, practices and policies that (de)humanize and liberate Black, Brown and historically marginalized students. Dr. Eric Haas, Dr. Mari Gray, and Ms. Stacy Southern discuss CSU East Bay Department of Educational Leadership's Radical Educators Speaker Series focused on Abolitionist Leadership. In this webinar, we will also discuss the experiences of carcerality and policing that has come out of the speaker series and their intersection with the educational system.

To view the recording, visit: https://youtu.be/1mkIXI17_RI 

March 3, 3:30pm (PST): Reimagining a More Just Future 

– The Intersection of Human Rights & the Arts

Where do human rights and the arts intersect? How can this intersection fuel creative resistance through human rights education in our schools and communities? Marissa Gutierrez Vicario is the Executive Director of Art and Resistance Through Education (ARTE), a Brooklyn, NY based organization that engages young people to amplify their voices and organize for human rights change through the visual arts. In this webinar, we will talk with Marissa and Dr. Page Hersey of the GSOE about human rights education, the arts, and more.

To view the recording, visit: https://youtu.be/JVlzk3gV5Y4

March 10, 3:30pm (PST): The Intersection of Violence Interruption and Education 

While the world continues to reel from the impact of COVID-19, many urban communities have experienced a boom in violence and homicides. Los Angeles saw a 38% increase in homicides. Sacramento, similarly saw a 24% increase in homicides, which included a 400% increase in youth homicides. Oakland had its deadliest year in over a decade, recording 109 homicides. Even outside of California, cities like Denver, CO; Chicago, IL; New York, NY; Atlanta, GA; Milwaukee, WI; Washington DC; all experienced an uptick in violence. All in all, homicides rose 30% across major cities throughout the country, while schools grappled with distance learning and the implications of keeping kids at home. Renowned gang expert, Dr. James Howell (2010) notes that "because school is a place that provides support, education and social networks for youth, this exclusion may help solidify that group and lead toward" maladaptive behaviors (p.4). For this conversation, we bring in community leaders who work on the front lines of violence intervention and talk to them about how we effectively interrupt violence, while re-engaging our youth back into school and their education a year after shut-down.

To view the recording, visit: https://youtu.be/k5u01KozMvQ

March 17, 3:30pm (PST): The Pursuit of Trilingual Education 

Being educated in the 21st century demands nothing less than global citizenship. Going forward, the world our children are facing is drastically different from a year ago. It is increasingly global, increasingly virtual and interconnected, requiring interdisciplinary, knowledgeable global citizens who can negotiate and question justice and morality while grappling with the most complex problems facing our world. In this conversation, Dr. Ramona Bishop and Dr. Alana Shackelford will discuss their vision for developing a charter school system that actively prepares students to be global citizens by focusing on language acquisition, in addition to academic rigor. It is their expansive thinking about what is considered language and language acquisition that makes them unique.

To view the recording, visit: https://youtu.be/PgJmZST4ToM


March 24, 3:30pm (PST): Building Equity for Black Students

This week we will be talking with Christopher (Chris) Chatmon, CEO of King Makers of Oakland. We will be discussing how to build equity for Black students in our public school system. From his time in Oakland Unified School District, where he founded the Black Male Achievement Academy, to now building his community based organization, we will discover the secrets to his approach to building equity for Black students as well as gain some tips for what we can do in our own communities.

To view the recording, visit: https://youtu.be/jmONN8p3yAI 

March 31, 3:30pm (PST): Change Makers for the Next Seven Generations 

The MILPA Collective is a movement space designed for, and led by, formerly incarcerated and system-impacted individuals. As a collective, they are committed to supporting next-generation infrastructure and leadership within communities, organizations, and systems. They center cultural healing, racial equity and love in their practices and advocacy. In this webinar, we will talk to Cristian Franco about creating movement space for system-impacted individuals and how the education system should be participating in this process.



Watch Previous Recordings:

July 29, 3:30pm (PST): Building a Pipeline for Black Male Teacher Success - A Local Response 

The GSOE at TUC invites you to a panel discussion providing a local response to the California Council on Teacher Education’s recent "Building a Pipeline for Black Male Teacher Success" webinar (view original webinar at https://youtu.be/eiWZSTqnndA).  Join the GSOE's panel of esteemed school leaders, as they discuss the original panel and what TUC and the local community are doing to address this important issue.

To view the recording, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYpufCogFJE&t=571s

August 5, 3:30pm: Schooling During a Crisis – Steps for Successful Hybrid Learning Environments

Join the GSOE at TUC for their first of two “Schooling During a Crisis” webinars. When this pandemic first hit there wasn’t time for schools to prepare for what was going to happen for the remainder of the school year. However, with the summer break school leaders have both an opportunity and the responsibility to carefully plan to ensure that the remote learning during the 2020-21 school year is well designed and thought out. This session will explore how school leaders can begin to make preparations to ensure their remote teaching and learning provides instructional continuity for students.  

To view the recording, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5joPBNS2Tw

August 12, 3:30pm (PST): Equity and Equality

Isn’t equity just another way of saying equality? The GSOE at TUC invites you to a discussion, which aims to set the record straight about the difference between equity and equality. Join us to discuss the importance of having policies and practices that reflect both equity and equality in K-12 schooling. 

To view the recording, visit https://youtu.be/qzZkugfPPlk

August 19, 3:30pm (PST): Accessibility for All K-12 Students in Remote Learning

In these times of widespread remote learning, accessibility has become trending topic. For many, learning is considered accessible as soon as learners have a computer with internet access, but accessibility is so much more!  Join the GSOE at TUC, and a nationally renowned panel, to explore the concept of accessibility from various perspectives. For example, students with identified disabilities can have unique accessibility needs when working online. However, students without disabilities or who have not yet been identified as having a disability may also experience challenges with accessing curriculum. Finally, the panel will discuss the importance of proactive planning (as opposed to retrofitting accessibility) for instruction. Still have questions? Then be sure to join us.

To view the recording, visit https://youtu.be/5q1ondOKuUI

August 26, 3:30pm (PST): Scholar Activism

What does it mean to live and embody the values of scholar-activism? James Baldwin said that for those of us “who deal with the minds and hearts of young people – must be prepared to ‘go for broke.’” The GSOE at TUC invites you to join us for a panel of self-identifying scholar-activists as they discuss scholar-activism and the “determined resistance” that opposes it.

To view the recording, visit https://youtu.be/TRVuflkVfLs

September 2, 3:30pm (PST): A New Generation of Activism: How Young Black and Brown Folks Can Lead for Change

A month after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, K-12 students across the United States – and worldwide – organized the #Enough National School Walkout.  Today, in the wake of the shooting of another unarmed Black man, today’s generation of youth are continuing to be as leaders in what could become one of the greatest activist movements in the nation’s history.  Writing in Glomour magazine about the involvement of today’s youth in the “Me too” and other various protest movements, Marie-Claire Chappet asked, why are we the generation that GAF (i.e., gives a f***)?  Join Touro University California's Graduate School of Education for a panel of local youth as we explore that question.

To view the recording, visit https://youtu.be/iQjDawj0pV8

September 9, 3:30pm (PST): Grace in Schools During the Pandemic

In 2015, President Barack Obama stated that “‘Grace is not merited. It's not something we deserve. Rather, grace is free and benevolent favor.” The GSOE at TUC invites you to join us to discuss the idea of grace, and the expression of grace, as a moral and spiritual necessity for inclusive and equitable leadership.

To view the recording visit https://youtu.be/4E9Y1u_ag7E

September 16, 3:30pm (PST): Equi-Centricity 

All leadership is equity leadership. However, leaders are often left with little time to reflect on how their identity and experiences shape their approach to issues of equity. Without that awareness, leaders are constantly in a reactive state and are unable to understand how their biases affect their responses. As leaders, we can't disrupt inequities if we don't understand our relationship to them. Leading for equity isn’t about reforms, it’s about disrupting the status quo and showing up authentically.  Join the GSOE at TUC and a panel of educational leaders to examine how this disruption can be achieved through an Equicentricity model.

To view the recording visit https://youtu.be/IBfeundvtNw

September 23, 3:30pm (PST): Gender and the Mask 

As schools prepare to reopen, each person has a set of shared human needs - for support, expression, recognition, meaning, and connection. By closing the gap between who we are on the inside and who we show up as at school online or onsite, we create more meaningful connections, healthier communication, deeper engagement - and ultimately more powerful results. Join the GSOE at TUC and an invited panel to gain a simple, straightforward tool to help start courageous conversations about the social-emotional well-being of your community.

To view the recording visit https://youtu.be/qwHMU5nhoSQ

September 30, 3:30pm (PST): Latina Education Leader Activists - How do we create more equitable educational experiences for Latinx Communities?

This session will focus on Latina education leaders and the complexity of inherently sexist and racist systems in education. Based on the research of Dr. Lisa Norton, the panel will explore the experiences and research around Latina leaders specifically looking at impact of these structures on Latinx learning communities and their dreams and visions for long-term re-imagining for all of our Solano County children.  

To view the recording visit https://youtu.be/ML0JvQdO87I

October 14, 3:30pm (PST): Schooling During a Crisis - Pandemic Pedagogy Beyond Triage

Join the GSOE at TUC for their second of two “Schooling During a Crisis” webinars. The crisis during the second half of the 2019-20 school year was an emergency. Like any emergency, teachers triaged their individual situation and made decisions about how to maintain some measure of instructional continuity for their students. This situation often placed demands on the home that parents were unprepared and unable to accommodate. This session will explore ways that teachers can better design, deliver, and support the remote instruction that is expected for much of the 2020-21 school year; as well as how parents can begin to prepare for the school year to best support their children.

To view the recording, visit https://youtu.be/pKAIM6223pM

November 11, 3:30pm (PST):Blackademx

Dr. Ijeoma Ononuju, along with his co-creators Ernani Santos and Dr. Qiana O'Leary, will be discussing their new tv show, Blackademx. Blackademx is a teaching competition that will highlight educators of color, showing the innovation and creativity of these teachers as they work with students of color. Dr. Ononuju will discuss the impetus for this idea, the experience with creating the pilot and what they are hoping to gain from creating a tv show about teaching. 

To view the recording, visit https://youtu.be/Sis6gyvyej8