iLab Lunch and Learns are deep-dive educational workshops and discussions, facilitated by on and off-campus content experts. They are designed to provide WFU community members with the opportunity to continue their intercultural competence journey.
Spring 2021 Virtual iLab Lunch and Learns:
2/3/2021 - 12:00-1:30 pm
"The Challenge of Blackness": A Public Conversation on African American Studies at Wake Forest
Corey D.B. Walker, Ph.D
This public conversation will explore the intellectual project of African American Studies at Wake Forest University with particular attention to the politics of knowledge, the idea(l) of the university, and the question of the human. Corey D. B. Walker is the Wake Forest Professor of the Humanities with a joint appointment in the department of English and the Interdisciplinary Humanities Program and inaugural chair of African American Studies at Wake Forest University.
2/15/2021 - 12:1:30 pm
"Authentically Loving the Black Community: Moving Beyond Performative Anti-Racism & Working Towards Disrupting Systemic Oppression"
Jordan S. West, Ph.D
Loving the Black community – including our students, staff, faculty, and alumni who identify as Black – and affirming their existence requires far more than using what you perceive to be “today’s progressive language” and sharing that you are anti-racist. Choosing to actively work against racism, anti-Blackness, and forms of systemic oppression that aim to reinforce power dynamics and racial hierarchy, hurting and harming the Black community, is essential in authentically loving Black people. During this session, attendees will learn about the historical context that informs today’s discussion and climate on race at PWIs, engage in self-reflection to raise awareness on personal biases and participation in anti-Blackness, and determine their willingness to move beyond performative anti-racism and truly dig into the work of authentically loving the Black community.
Bio: Jordan S. West, PhD (she, her, and hers) is a senior diversity officer at The George Washington University. In this capacity, Dr. West is responsible for creating and implementing justice-centered and equitable strategic planning, sustainable change, and educational opportunities across the institution that informs people, policies, and practices, in order to continue shifting the campus towards a more positive and just climate. Dr. West also has a faculty appointment in Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies at GW, and teaches courses on Black Feminist Theory. Dr. West identifies as a scholar activist and is a formally trained social justice, anti-racist educator and facilitator. Prior to joining GW, Dr. West was a diversity officer at Princeton University and before joining Princeton, Dr. West worked in the Division of Student Affairs at Syracuse University and directed a dialogue program entitled Conversations About Race & Ethnicity (C.A.R.E.). On a national level, Dr. West is a consultant to institutions of higher education, national organizations, and companies and also serves on the Governing Board for an international higher education association. Dr. West’s experience and continued research interests focus on campus climate, narrative and storytelling as a method, and how individuals from historically marginalized identities work towards liberation in higher education through the lens of Black Feminist Theory and Critical Race Theory and through the process of disrupting systemic oppression.
3/15/2021 - 12-1:30 pm
"From Margins to Center: How Institutions of Higher Learning Should Intentionally Be Serving Women of Color"
Stephanie Hernandez Rivera
This presentation will include knowledge and scholarship based on Hernandez Rivera's research agenda, as well as her experience as an undergraduate student, graduate student, researcher, and previous practitioner in student affairs. Through this presentation she hopes to shed light on how her experience, coupled with pre-existing scholarship, and her own research demonstrate the urgency to directly serve Women of Color in Higher Education. She advocates for this in the larger campus community, as well as within counterspaces, social justice spaces, and campus equity and inclusion efforts on campus.
Bio: Stephanie Hernandez Rivera (she/her/ella) is currently a Doctoral Candidate in the Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis Department at the University of Missouri. Her work focuses on the experiences of those in education who hold multiple marginalized identities, specifically Women of Color. She specifically examines how Women of Color are relegated to the margins in higher education, even in equity and inclusion efforts on college campuses and how Women of Color have sought to resist this marginalization, find joy, and create space for themselves. As a previous campus administrator, Hernandez Rivera's work emphasizes the importance of improving practice in higher education and using intersectionality as a tool of praxis to challenge multiple forms of oppression. She has also supported the development of varying spaces on college campuses that specifically serve Women of Color. She is excited to be able to serve and dialogue with the Wake Forest community!
4/19/2021 - 12-1:30 pm
"Understanding the Needs of Our Asian American Students"
According to the US Census, Asian Americans are the fastest growing population in the United States. Although Asian American people have been in the United States since the 1400s, Asian American people are often assumed to be foreign-born. This assumption and many others about Asian American college students influence their experiences using campus resources, relations with others on our campuses, and reactions during crises. This session will provide a foundation for discussing the diversity within Asian American populations, approaches for creating a stronger understanding of the Wake Forest population, and strategies to developing more inclusive practices that support all students.
Bio: Windi Sasaki (she/they) is a third- and fourth-generation multi-ethnic Asian American woman. She currently serves as the inaugural Asian Pacific Islander Middle Eastern Desi American (APIMEDA) Program Manager at the University of California at San Diego. Her previous professional experiences are in housing and residence life, international student affairs, and leadership development programs. The first in her family to graduate from college, Windi holds a BA from UC San Diego and an MA from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she completed research of the psychosocial development of Asian American college students.
iLab is an inclusion learning lab that offers interactive workshops and online resources designed to support faculty, staff, and students in increasing their cultural awareness and interpersonal effectiveness. The initiative, facilitated by the Intercultural Center, supports the University’s mission by fostering intersectional awareness and understanding, and empowering all members of the Wake Forest community to become more inclusive.
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