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The Division of Institutional Equity and Diversity with keynote speakers Dr. D-L Stewart and Rosa Clemente.

2018 Keynote Speaker: Rosa Clemente

Rosa ClementeOur 2018 keynote speaker is Rosa Clemente, 2008 Green Party Vice Presidential candidate, community organizer, and journalist. From Harvard to prisons, Rosa has spent her life dedicated to scholar activism.

She is the president and founder of Know Thy Self Productions, which has produced four major community activism tours and consults on issues such as Hip-Hope activism, media justice, voter engagement among youth of color, third party politics, intercultural relations between Black and Latinx, immigrants’ rights as an extension of human rights, and universal healthcare.

She is a frequent guest on television, radio, and online media.


2018 Social Justice Speaker: Dr. Dafina-Lazarus (DL) Stewart

DL StewartDr. Stewart (pronouns: ze, zim, zir) is a professor in the School of Education and Tri-Director of the Student Affairs in Higher Education Program at Colorado State University. Ze is a scholar, educator, and activist focused on empowering and imagining futures that sustain and cultivate the learning, growth, and success of marginalized groups in U.S. higher education institutions.

Dr. Stewart’s work is motivated by an ethic of love grounded in justice and informed by an intersectional framework that recognizes both the lived experiences of individuals with multiple marginalities, as well as the material effects of interlocking systems of oppression.

Over the course of zir 17-year faculty career, ze has focused most intently on issues of race and ethnicity, sexuality, and gender, as well as religion, faith, and spirituality in zir research, teaching, and service to professional organizations and institutions across the nation.

Dr. Stewart is the author of over four dozen journal articles and book chapters, as well as either editor, coeditor, or author for three books covering multicultural student services, gender and sexual diversity of U.S. college students, and historical experiences of Black collegians in northern liberal arts colleges.

Dr. Stewart has also provided professional service and leadership to a number of scholarly and professional associations, most substantively through a variety of roles in ACPA—College Student Educators International, as well as for the Association for the Study of Higher Education, in which ze led the Council on Ethnic Participation for three years. Dr. Stewart was named an ACPA Senior Scholar in March 2017.

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2018 Workshop Presentations

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What We Talk About When We Talk About Race

2018 What We Talk About When We Talk About Race

Join us for a special encore presentation of What We Talk About When We Talk About Race in the evening after the conference. The play is included with your registration, so please come and enjoy the show!

The impetus for the production was Toni Morrison’s (1992) concept “American-Africanism,” the idea that what it means to be White in America is very much dependent on a carefully unacknowledged, but nonetheless distinctive othering of the “abiding Africanist presence” (5) that has haunted the nation since its founding. Morrison points out that even today “the habit of ignoring race is understood to be a graceful, even generous liberal gesture” (9-10) that has effects not only for the victims of racism, but also for the “mind, imagination, and behavior” (12) of those who perpetuate it—often unknowingly.

The production emerged over intimate, home-cooked meals among the cast members. Breaking bread together, we gradually began to broach the silences that existed interracially. Gradually, haltingly, we learned to share stories, current and historical, that were hard to tell and, perhaps, harder still to hear. Through those conversations, which frequently moved in fits and starts, we discovered issues that we had to confront if we were ever to begin to have meaningful conversations with each other and, ultimately, with a broader community through the production.

The title of the show is a deliberate attempt to point to the limitations of any production that purports to deal with race. No performance, certainly not one arising in the current political climate, could hope to address the multitude of issues related to race in America. Thus, we limited our scope to what we talked about in our intimate conversations about our experiences. The issues and stories that resonated with us on our journey are the focus of this show.

The performance has been collaboratively written, directed, and performed. It is largely devised, though it contains personal narrative as well as adaptations of literature. All the verbal and visual texts included in the production have emerged from our exchanges and explorations. What you will witness has been informed by considerations of prejudice and discrimination, oppression, racism, white privilege, and white fragility.

One of our primary objectives in the performance is to help the audience, particularly the white members of the audience, recognize that although they do not perceive themselves as racists, they are deeply enmeshed in highly racialized social formations that perpetuate racist ideologies and racist material circumstances; and, no matter how enlightened any of us perceive ourselves to be—and this includes the cast as we have negotiated this process—we cannot hope to begin to dismantle our current social circumstances until we take a hard look at ourselves and the ways in which we are implicated in them. Our ultimate goal is to attempt to address the barriers that inhibit the kinds of hard conversations that we shared in the process of creating this production.

"Unlikely Allies in the Academy Part IV: Let’s Talk”
– Part IV Facilitated by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion
April 18, 2018 | Lunch 11 - 11:30 a.m. and Program 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. | Gateway Room 43/47

Join the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and your UNT colleagues for continued dialogue based upon the book Unlikely Allies in the Academy: Women of Color and White Women in Conversation. This session is one of several providing space for honest conversations about coalition building at UNT, and will build upon the presentations by previous authors of the book. Essential questions include, what barriers exist to authentic coalition building among white women and women of color? What intragroup topics should be addressed before women of color and white women can create effective and authentic relationships? How can we truly hear and validate others’ experiences and perspectives to build trust?

Previous Entries in the Series


"Creating Space for Difficult Conversations & Opportunities for Cross-Cultural and Cross-Racial Conversations” - Part III with Dr. Theresa Torres and Ms. Lisa McCarty November 14, 2017

"Continued Conversations: Women of Color and White Women in the Academy” – Part II with Dr. Frances Kendall April 20, 2017

"Moving from Unlikely to Likely Allies in the Academy” - Part I with Karen Dace October 2016


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