iLab Lunch and Learn


iLab Lunch and Learns are deep-dive educational workshops and discussions, facilitated by on and off-campus content experts. They are designed to provide those WFU community members who have completed the signature suite of iLab workshops the opportunity to continue their intercultural competence journey. You bring your lunch and we will provide the content! 


Fall 2020 Virtual iLab Lunch and Learns: 


9/28/2020 - 12:00-1:30 pm

The Complexity of the 'x' in Latinx

Cristobal Salinas, Jr., Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Educational Leadership and Research Methodology

Florida Atlantic University 

The categories of race, gender, and sexuality continue to be the site of analysis for many higher education researchers, effectively filling the void of intersectional approaches to student development and learning theory. Yet, we still struggle with terminology that honors Latinx/a/o students’ identities, let alone their intersections with systems of oppression. This presentation will engage in a dialogue about the importance of Latinx/a/o/* students’ identities and labels that have been (mis)used, (mis)interpreted, and have not been fully examined. The goal is to illuminate how the politics of naming social identities can perpetuate structures of power, and work toward transforming higher education through critical naming processes.

Cristobal Salinas Jr., Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Educational Leadership and Research Methodology Department at Florida Atlantic University. His research promotes access and equality in higher education and explores the social and political context of education opportunities for historically marginalized communities. Dr. Salinas is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief for the Journal Committed to Social Change on Race and Ethnicity. He has published over 17 peer-reviewed articles, co-edited 4 book, and over 27 book chapters, and has received over 25 international and national awards for his commitment to social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion. His research has been featured in CNN, NPR, and Good Morning America.


10/26/2020 - 12:00-1:30 pm

"Racial Battle Fatigue: Developing Coping Strategies and Supporting Others" 

Cameron C. Beatty, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies 

Florida State University 

Racial battle fatigue is framework that highlights the ongoing negative effect of racial microaggressions and racism as psychological and physical stressors. The presentation will highlight the impact of racial battle fatigue on People of Color in higher education, offer strategies to cope, and recommendations to support those navigating RBF.

Cameron C. Beatty, Ph.D. is an assistant professor in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Department at Florida State University. Dr. Beatty teaches courses in the undergraduate leadership studies certificate as well as conducts research with the Leadership Learning Research Center. Dr. Beatty's research foci includes exploring the intersections of gender and race in leadership education, leadership development of Black and Latinx student on historically white college campuses, and undergraduate student leaders navigating racial battle fatigue.


11/16/2020 - "Decolonization: Saying What We Mean" 


About iLab:

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.