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 20, 2022||
Freedom of Speech vs Academic Freedom: The Cost of Self-Expression.
Kyaien Conner and Gerrard Solis
|October 18, 2022||
Equitable Workload and Expectations.
|Ruth Bahr and Jean Kabongo|
|November 15, 2022||
Power and Privilege in Higher Education
|Clara Buie and Nicole Luckett|
|December 6, 2022||Looking through the Mirror and Window to Evaluate Effectiveness||Kevin Jones, Sarah Lee, and Ruthmae Sears|
|January 17, 2023||Model Minority Myth||Walter Jennings, Kevin Lee, and Carlos Moreira|
|February 21, 2023||Conceptualization, Commercialization, and Commodification of Ethnicity and Race||Kelly Cowart and Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman|
|March 21, 2023||Embracing Culture in a Virtual Environment||Denise Davis-Cotton, Marie Byrd, Ashley Reese, and Fanni Green|
|April 18, 2023||Being your Authentic Self: The Space between Discomfort and Belonging||DeWayne Anderson, Jacob Diaz, and Antonia Robinson|