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Healing Higher Education: Racial Reckoning, Racial Justice
April 21, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pmFree
Thursday, April 21st, 2022
7:00-8:30 PM ET (6:00-7:30 PM CT)
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Join the AAC&U’s Dr. Tia Brown McNair and Professor Rhonda Magee in what is sure to be a lively and thoughtful conversation centering the issue of racial injustice and inequity that have existed on many American college and university campuses but have been brought to the fore by the necessary protests and awareness catalyzed by the outrageous number of extrajudicial murders of Black and Brown human beings in the United States.
How might colleges and universities begin the institutional work of racial justice, truth-telling, reconciliation, and healing while simultaneously understanding the inner work of racial justice and healing?
CMind Executive Director Dr. David Robinson-Morris will moderate the dialogue.
Dr. Tia Brown McNair is the Vice President in the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success and Executive Director for the Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation (TRHT) Campus Centers at the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) in Washington, DC. She oversees both funded projects and AAC&U’s continuing programs on equity, inclusive excellence, high-impact practices, and student success. McNair directs AAC&U’s Summer Institutes on High-Impact Practices and Student Success, and TRHT Campus Centers and serves as the project director for several AAC&U initiatives. She is the lead author of From Equity Talk to Equity Walk: Expanding Practitioner Knowledge for Racial Justice in Higher Education(January 2020) and Becoming a Student-Ready College: A New Culture of Leadership for Student Success (July 2016). In March 2020, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education named McNair one of thirty-five outstanding women who have tackled some of higher education’s toughest challenges and made a positive difference in their communities.
A leading thought and practice innovator of mindfulness-based social justice concepts and practices, Rhonda V. Magee, M.A., J.D., is Professor of Law at the University of San Francisco. Magee has spent more than twenty years exploring the intersections of anti-racist education, social justice, and contemplative practices. She is the inaugural recipient of the Reed Smith Excellence in Wellbeing in Law Award (2022), awarded after an independent, national selection process by the Institute for Wellbeing in Law. A Fellow of the Mind and Life Institute, she is a global/international Keynote speaker; mindfulness teacher and teacher trainer; practice innovator, storyteller, and thought leader on integrating Mindfulness into Higher Education, Law and Social Justice. She is student of a range of Buddhist traditions and mindfulness masters, and is a lay teacher in the Peacemaker Order led by Upaya Zen Center founder Roshi Joan Halifax. Rhonda’s award-winning book, The Inner Work of Racial Justice: Healing Ourselves and Transforming Our Communities Through Mindfulness, was named one of the top ten books released for the year by the Greater Good Science Center.
This series will be moderated by David Robinson-Morris, PhD. Dr. Robinson-Morris serves as the Executive Director for The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society (CMind), and is the Founder and Chief Reimaginelutionary at The REImaginelution, LLC, a strategic consulting firm working at the intersections of imagination, policy, practice, and prophetic hope to radically reimagine diversity, equity, and inclusion toward racial justice and systemic transformation by engendering freedom of the human spirit. Dr. Robinson-Morris is a scholar, author, philosopher, social justice and human rights advocate-activist, educator, philanthropist, community organizer, DEI practitioner, and administrator. He is the author of a research monograph, Ubuntu and Buddhism in Higher Education: An Ontological (Re)Thinking, published by Routledge.