Graduate Studies is pleased to announce the inaugural Graduate Anti-Racism Symposium at UC Davis. Co-sponsored by the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Graduate Studies, the symposium seeks to highlight best practices in anti-racist approaches to graduate education, particularly in the wake of the death of George Floyd and the ensuing racial reckoning. We invite faculty, staff, graduate students (who have participated on student DEI committees) and postdoctoral scholars to submit proposals for presenter-led sessions on recently-developed anti-racist initiatives to graduate education.
The Graduate Anti-Racism Symposium will be held May 6, 2021 and be offered virtually to faculty, staff, and students. This event is currently sold out.
Graduate Anti-Racism Symposium Featured Speakers
Renetta Garrison Tull, Vice Chancellor of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, UC Davis
Orly Clergé, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and author of The New Noir: Race, Identity & Diaspora in Black Suburbia
Danny Martinez, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Chair, Graduate Group in Education, UC Davis School of Education
Justin Leroy, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of History and Co-Director of Mellon Research Initiative on Racial Capitalism
|9:00 a.m.||Welcome Remarks from Dean Delplanque|
|9:05 a.m.||Keynote Speaker|
|9:25 a.m.||Anti-Racists Working Group Update|
|9:45 a.m.||Breakout Sessions|
|11:10 a.m.||Panel Discussion|
|11:45 a.m.||Closing Remarks|
- Dawn Sumner, Evolving Toward Anti-Racist Mentoring
- Graduate student mentoring is very individualistic for both mentors and mentees. Thus, these relationships have the potential to amplify or ameliorate the racism experienced by Black, Indigenous and other students of color. We will interactively explore some of the ways mentors can ameliorate racism, using examples from this guide (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1AMMjEBjdEoZDy_snfgavMPfRnr7RCApxcRL1...) and recommendations assembled by the Earth and Planetary Sciences Anti-Racism Action Committee (https://geology.ucdavis.edu/arac).
- Brian Trainor, Graduate Student Contributions to DEI in Psychology
In this session we will discuss several initiatives taken by the Psychology Graduate Program to promote diversity, equity and inclusion. A common thread for all initiatives is frequent communication between students, faculty and staff. Members of the Psychology Grad Student DEI Committee will discuss their role in advising Program on DEI issues. We will also discuss an initiative to compensate graduate students for mentoring of undergraduates, a peer mentoring program, and a student-led session addressing racism in psychology for first year graduate students.
Kabian Ritter & Meg Slattery, Beyond the Surface: Instituting Lasting DEI Changes
This session will be focused on highlighting the essential need for a paradigm shift from viewing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) as an auxiliary component to research and education, to viewing DEI as an essential part that deserves meritorious investment. Through integrating DEI into the very framework of academic programs, from academic to administrative components, typically marginalized groups have more freedom to share unique perspectives without fear. This in turn promotes an opportunity for a dialogue previously unexplored leading to the exponential development for all involved. We focus on the steps that we've taken as a program to build a sustainably diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment for our students, faculty, and staff alike. Namely, we focus on our development of a DEI committee, collaboration with other graduate groups, annual program climate survey, and why we chose each of these. We will also highlight how well each proposed change has worked thus far and/or what we expect upon implementation.
Diego Placido & Jade Yonehiro, Holding Graduate Programs Accountable
in Combating Systemic Racism Through the Implementation of the Racial Justice Report Card
We will be sharing one of the initiatives that we have been working on to address issues of institutional racism, as members of the UC Davis Graduate Studies Anti-Racist Advocacy Group: the “Racial Justice Report Card” (RJRC). This report card was adapted from the White Coats for Black Lives organization’s RJRC for medical schools and tailored to better fit the needs of Ph.D. programs. For each graduate program at UC Davis, the report cards will highlight which areas of racial justice are meeting university standards of anti-racism and identify opportunities for targeted improvement. The overarching goal of our symposium will be to detail the challenges and barriers to making radical change in the academic system, and discuss the process of developing and implementing sustainable anti-racist actions despite these barriers. We hope that our presentation will support others in developing and implementing their own ideas for anti-racist action.
Aron King, Microaggression: A Weight on the Success of Students of Color
in Higher Education
The purpose of this presentation is to define microaggressions and describe their effect on the learning climate. Using the results of a study conducted on a sample of health profession students, we will examine the impact of microaggressions on the satisfaction and symptoms of depression. This presentation will create awareness surrounding the common experience of microaggressions and discuss strategies to mitigate microaggressions that create racial disparities.
Teresa Steele & Giulia Gallo, Building a Departmental Diversity, Equity
and Inclusion Committee: 1 year of learning and responding in Anthropology
The Anthropology department restructured the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee (DEIC) in Summer 2020 to be composed of faculty and graduate student members from both departmental wings with the intention of responding to community needs. In this mixed-format workshop, the Anthropology DEIC will share the history of committee formation, present steps taken to build programming and develop resources, as well as discuss the remaining challenges and future goals.
Rachel Stumpf, Michelle Rossi, & Kem Saichaie, Sparking Change:
Foundations of Anti-Racist Teaching
The Center for Educational Effectiveness (CEE) has developed a number of programs and resources to support faculty and graduate student instructors in their efforts towards anti-racist teaching. In this session, CEE facilitators will first provide an overview of the center’s anti-racist teaching resources and engage participants in a 15-minute mini-workshop (“Spark Session”) which introduces anti-racist teaching strategies. During the Spark Session, participants will engage in self-reflection and discussion activities as they explore concrete strategies they can apply to their teaching. The session will conclude with collaborative discussion around opportunities to partner with CEE and engage with CEE resources to advance the anti-racism efforts that are occurring within various campus contexts.
Evelyn Gámez and Mirna Reyna, A linguistic approach to racial justice
What is the relationship between language and race? And, how do language ideologies affect the ways in which racialized speakers’ language use is perceived and delegitimized? In this workshop, we address racial injustice from a linguistic perspective to demonstrate how minoritized languages such as Spanish in the United States, African American English, and Chicano English are deemed inappropriate for academic settings and the effects this has on their respective speakers’ identities. Rather than framing these languages as deficient, we demonstrate how colonialism and by extension, projects of modernity, continue to influence the listening subject’s role in establishing and sustaining linguistic hierarchies. Participants will be asked to reflect on their linguistic and ethnoracial identities as well as their experiences as speakers of their respective language(s) and will be given tools they can use to advocate for equitable approaches to language, both inside and outside the classroom.
Puja Chadha, & Cat Cansino & Colleen Sweeney....SEED etc., SEED: Supporting Educational Excellence in Diversity:
Preparing Faculty to Teach the Next Generation of Diverse Physicians
In this session we will share innovative curriculum and impact of SEED: Supporting Educational Excellence in Diversity faculty professional development program at UC Davis Health School of Medicine and Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing. Through interdisciplinary collaboration with students, staff, and faculty, SEED addresses student-driven concerns on microaggressions, bias, privilege, and sexual orientation in healthcare education. Session to include activities used in SEED session: ie. "privilege walk" through use of polling and short video with fresh take on understanding privilege. Share tools used in session: PAUSE and Triangulating Conflict models to navigate challenging topics as empowered allies.
Sarah McCullough, Asking Different Questions in Research as
This presentation will discuss how changing research questions and research agendas will change who is in STEM and the knowledge we produce. Participants will learn about the Asking Different Questions, a modular curriculum created by the Feminist Research Institute. With over 500 participants, this program has been highly successful in improving feelings of belonging in STEM. 89% of participants leave feeling empowered to take tangible action to improve equity in their teaching, research, or lab. Attendees will experience a sample module on Identifying Bias in Scientific Research and Training, which asks, how have the histories of exclusion in science become embedded into the field?