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 400 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 14, 2021||
Leadership Towards Equity and Inclusion: The Power of Action. View Flyer.
Dr. Kevin Sneed, Dr. Jean Kabongo, Ms. Dawn Brown, Dr. Antoinette Jackson.
|October 12, 2021||People Matter: The Economics of Equity. View Flyer.||
Dr. Theresa Chisholm, Ms. Angela Sklenka, Dr. Elizabeth Hordge Freeman, and Dr. Valeria Garcia
|November 9, 2021||The Gap That Divides: becoming Bridge Builders to Promote Student Success||
Dr. LaTosha Thomas, Dr. Anthea Henderson, and Major Larry Black Jr.
|December 14, 2021||Waiting to Exhale: Maintaining a Work-Life Balance||
Dr. Kyaien Conner, Dr. Lisa Ferdinand, Dr. Angela Hill, and Dr. John Clark
|January 18, 2022||From Bystander to Ally and Advocacy: Addressing Inequities in Higher Education||
Dr. Fai Howard, Dr. Sylvia Thomas, Dr. Stephen Aikins, Dr. Denise David-Cotton, and Dr. Tangela Serls
|February 8, 2022||From Protest to Progress: Combating Discrimination, Bias, and Oppresive Practices||
Dr. Dana Thompson-Dorsey, Ms. Geveryl Robinson, Dr. Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman
|March 8, 2022||The Intersectionality of Gender, Race, and “Glass Ceilings” in Higher Education||
Dr. Marie Byrd, Dr. Brenda Walker, and Dr. Deirdre Cobb Roberts
|April 12, 2022||A Blueprint to Inclusive Excellence; A Systemic Approach to Catalyze Change||
Dr. Ruthmae Sears, Mr. Corey Posey, and Dr. Stephanie Williams