Developing Anti-Oppressive Communities: Supporting Black Students and Mentees

Join a group of your peers to watch (in advance) pre-recorded sessions from our wonderful resource of National Center for Faculty Diversity and Development. We'll watch the session in advance, then talk about it synchronously. Once you register, you’ll be sent a link to view the session (simply register for a free account - the University of Louisville is a member), then you’ll be sent an additional link to the discussion session. See the description of the session next.

This webinar will provide attendees with opportunities to identify and reflect on their privileges and biases and how these impact their ability to effectively serve as teachers and scholars. The presenter will discuss strategies for identifying and combating anti-Black racism in classrooms and research groups, how to most effectively support Black students and colleagues, and how to proactively contribute to diverse and inclusive campus communities, whether those be classrooms, research teams, labs, or committees. The presenter will also address how the unequal impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and economic downturn and the recent racist killings of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Ahmaud Arbery impact black research assistants and postdocs and the role of faculty and PIs in supporting Black mentees during the present historical moment.

Presenter Bio

Michelle Rodems, Ph.D., is director for graduate student professional development for the School of Interdisciplinary and Grad, retention, and success in the Graduate School. Michelle manages all interdisciplinary professional development for more than 4,000 University of Louisville graduate students, including coordinating the PLAN professional development framework of academies, workshops, learning communities, and reading groups, as well as conducting individual consultations. Michelle’s research and professional interests include teaching and learning in higher education, graduate student development and education, educational technology and social media, and professional development in higher education. 


The PLAN is a professional development initiative run by the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies (SIGS) that provides graduate students opportunities and resources for Professional development, Life skills, Academic development, and Networking skills. 


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Monday, July 12 at 2:00pm to 3:00pm

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