The Office for Academic Affairs through its Office for the Advancement of Research, in collaboration with Undergraduate Studies and a faculty leadership committee representing Africana Studies (Jessica Gordon-Nembhard), Latinx Studies (José Luis Morín), and SEEK (Monika Son), is sponsoring a year-long community dialogue on racial justice research and scholarship across the disciplines. John Jay College faculty, students, and the broader community are invited to join us for four panel discussions that will serve as the lead-in to a more in-depth, hands-on approach to changing the way we teach and learn – specifically, by facilitating meaningful engagement with scholarship by and about people of color, and promoting the incorporation of research on structural inequities into curriculum college-wide. Over the course of the 2020-2021 academic year, these events will cover multi-dimensional topics including:
- racial disparities in health and mental health and trauma-informed pedagogy;
- the erasure of people of color from the historical narrative;
- economic inequality; and
- racism and discrimination in the criminal legal system.
Each panel will be facilitated by a John Jay faculty member who will also lead a follow-up workshop intended to engage participants more deeply in the subject matter and promote best practices for cultivating racial justice in our classrooms and around the college.
We are excited to present a series that will support the John Jay community’s commitment to racial justice in research and educational practice, and invite those who need more skills in transforming the curriculum to attend and work with us.
Event #1: Health, Mental Health, and Trauma-Informed Pedagogy
Panel Discussion – October 14, 2020, 3-4:15 pm
Panelists: Dr. Michelle Chatman (UDC) & Dr. Lenwood Hayman (Morgan State University)
Facilitator: Dr. Monika Son (JJC)
Event recording: https://youtu.be/NYTxARHOALw
Resources: (full texts will be provided to those who attend the panel discussion)
- Ayers, W., Ladson-Billings, G., & Michie, G. (2008). City kids, city schools: More reports from the front row. The New Press. Introduction, pgs 3-7.
- Chatman, MC. (2019). Advancing Black Youth Justice and Healing through Contemplative Practices and African Spiritual Wisdom. The Journal of Contemplative Inquiry, 6(1):27-46.
- Monzó, L. D., & SooHoo, S. (2014). Translating the academy: Learning the racialized languages of academia. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, 7(3), 147–165. DOI: 10.1037/a0037400
- Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz, Arch of Self, LLC, https://www.yolandasealeyruiz.com/archaeology-of-self
For additional suggested readings, prompts for discussion, and curricular resources, download our full event guide: RJD Event 1.1 Homework and Readings.
Follow-up Workshop (for John Jay community members): October 28, 2020, 1:40 – 2:55 pm
Event #2: Race and Historical Narrative — Correcting the Erasure of People of Color
The second panel in the OAR/UGS Racial Justice Research and Practice Dialogues series, on November 11 at 3 pm, will shine a light on the erasure of people of color from the historical narrative commonly taught in the United States. This erasure is harmful to students of color in particular, as they do not see themselves represented in the stories told about this country, and actively harms people of all races by failing to present an accurate picture of the country’s founding and history.
Panel Discussion – November 11, 2020, 3-4:15 pm
Panelists: Dr. Paul Ortiz (UFL) & Dr. Suzanne Oboler (John Jay College)
Facilitator: Dr. Edward Paulino (John Jay College)
Event recording: https://youtu.be/WRIDHIA_a94
Resources: (full texts will be provided to those who register for the follow-up workshop)
For suggested readings that may be helpful in placing the panel and workshop discussions in context, download the RJD Event 2.1 – Readings.
Follow-up Workshop (for John Jay community members only): December 2, 2020, 1:40 – 2:55 pm
Details on forthcoming events will be updated here as they become available.