The Enlightenment Workshop Series presents courageous conversations designed to foster a culture of inclusive excellence at the University of South Florida. Organized by the Black Employee Steering Committee with support from the Institute on Black Life and Black Faculty & Staff Association, these sessions began in 2020, and since the launch, over 1200 members of the USF community have registered to attend.
Under the coordination of Dr. Ruthmae Sears and Geveryl Robinson (co-chairs), the workshops focus on intersectional perspectives related to bias, cultural competence and systemic racism, with an emphasis on current trends facing Black communities across the African Diaspora.
Each lecture is free and open to the public and hosted online through Microsoft Teams. View the suggested reading list, organized by topic.
Upcoming Schedule of Topics and Facilitators
|September 12, 2023||
Laws and Policies Impacting Education: Implications on a Just and Inclusive Learning Environment
Dana Thompson Dorsey, Gerard Solis
|October 10, 2023||
Me and My Money: Budget Model, Pay Equity, and Financial Well-being
|Rich Sobeiray, Angela Sklenka, Carlos Moreira|
|November 14, 2023||
Thank you for listening to me: Voices from students describing factors influencing Students’ Success and Resiliency
|Nicole Luckett, Folshade Adenuga, Matthew Obrien|
|December 12, 2023||
Mental Health: Supporting Healing, Hope, and Social and Emotional Growth
|Marie Byrd, Diane Williams, Brianna Barnes- Harrington|
|January 16, 2024||
Systematic Approach to Support Strategic Growth and ONE USF: Reflecting on Theories of Change
|Steven Tauber, Ruthmae Sears, Darren Gambrell|
|February 13, 2024||
Black History Month: Learning from the Past, Living in the Present, Looking towards the Future.
|Julie Buckner Armstrong, Geveryl Robinson, Clara Buie, Cheryl Rodriguez|
|March 5, 2024||
Mentorship: Providing Support, Development, and Advancement
|Tangela Serls, Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman|
|April 9, 2024||
It’s getting hot in here: Addressing Climate Change via Education, Research, and the Arts.
|Frank Mueller-Karger, Denise Davis-Cotton|
|May 7, 2024||
The Importance of Community Engagement and Partnerships: Connecting with Tampa Bay and the Region
Eric Eisenberg, Monica Miranda, Walter Jennings