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Virtual Panel: Dismantling Institutional Racism

The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Education, Health and Human Behavior (SEHHB) is responding with a significant opportunity for teaching and learning, as is its mission, by hosting the first in a series of virtual panels, podcasts, and community discussions on the important topic of Dismantling Institutional Racism in Higher Education. Supported by the Provost’s Office and the East St. Louis Center, the panel discussion will explore how institutions of higher education (leadership, faculty, staff and students) can serve to disrupt systemic racism and white supremacy embedded into organizational life and culture. 

These systems are consistently reified through everyday organizational practices that dehumanize black, indigenous and other persons of color (BIPOC). The goal of the series is to clearly identify the systems, structures, and practices that maintain institutional racism and white supremacy in PK20 institutions of education. Through collective bodies, we will explore actionable steps to identify, disrupt and ultimately dismantle systems of white supremacy. Meaningful change which restores the lost opportunities of BIPOC requires that the people of institutions engage in self-reflection, examination of practices and policies, and actions that translate to structural and systemic change. Anything less would follow a dehumanizing trend of educators and educator leaders perpetuating the status quo.

Panelist: Denise Taliaferro Baszile, Lori Patton-Davis, Dominic Dorsey, Tomika Ferguson, Timothy Lewis, and David Stovall

Moderator: Nate Williams