Please join us for our final discussion of this three-part series, Using Interest Convergence to Make Cultural Shifts in Student Success, Wednesday, March 21 from 4 – 6pm in Howell Hall with Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings (University of Wisconsin – Madison).

“In order to get beyond persistent racial disparities and to realize the vision for a version of American higher education that is truly equitable and inclusive, we must first take account of racism and its harmful effects on people in postsecondary contexts.” – Shaun R. Harper (2012)

Critical Race Theory (CRT) is an epistemological and methodological framework designed to reveal and challenge power and oppression dynamics between racialized groups (Harper, 2009; Lynn & Dixson, 2013). CRT can provide insight about how racism serves to maintain and reinforce educational policies, practices, and access to resources and opportunities. Increasing awareness of systemic racial inequities creates opportunity for people to engage in socially conscious action and decision-making within higher education (Ladson-Billings, 1998; Patton, 2015; Robbins & Quaye, 2014).

This seminar series provides a theory-based mechanism for recognizing, counteracting and mitigating racism across our University and in doing so, attempts to address timely and relevant issues pertinent to our University’s mission and goals. All member of the university community are encouraged to attend, participate, connect, and work together.

Our first event, An Introduction to Critical Race Theory & Practical Application, was held November 9, 2017 with Professor Erika K. Wilson was a great success!
Informational Flyer
Overview of CRT Tenets

Our second event, Addressing Meritocracy in Student Program Access and Inclusion, was held Thursday, February 15 from 4 – 5pm (location TBD) with Dr. Terrell Morton (University of Missouri).
Informational Flyer

This seminar series is sponsored by Carolina Seminars. The Equity and Student Success seminar series is convened by:

Shabari Dey, UNC-CH, Diversity & Inclusion
Jessica Lambert-Ward, Undergraduate Retention
Candice Powell, Undergraduate Retention
Sarah Stanfield, UNC-CH, Undergraduate Retention
Deborah Stroman, UNC-CH, Gillings School of Global Public Health
Terrell Morton, University of Missouri, Columbia