The Enlightenment Series: Catalyzing Change via Courageous Conversations to Address Racism and Anti-Blackness and Promote Inclusive Excellence at the University of South Florida

Wednesday 11:30 am – 11:55 am PT / 12:30 pm – 12:55 pm MT / 1:30 pm – 1:55 pm CT / 2:30 pm – 2:55 pm ET Online
Concurrent Session

Ruthmae Sears, University of South Florida
This presentation will describe a university-wide initiative (Enlightenment Series) to systemically address racism and anti-Blackness to promote inclusive excellence across three geographically dispersed campuses. Notably, the year-long series facilitates conversations among university administrators, faculty, and students and provides opportunities to reflect on policies and practices that impact underrepresented identities and the Black community. At the end of each session of the series, participants provide feedback on the session's overall effectiveness. Based on feedback garnered from 254 participants, the result suggests that engagement in courageous conversations is needed to support systemic changes supporting equity, diversity, and inclusion within higher education.