Feb. 9, 2023: Unity in Diversity Days

The second day of our virtual DEI event is on Thursday, Feb. 9, and is available for Merrimack faculty, staff, students and community members. Please review the schedule below.

Schedule for Day Two - Thursday, Feb. 9, 2023

8-9:15 a.m. – Civic and Community Engagement at Merrimack College

Speaker: TBA

Join 2/9 Civic and Community Engagement at Merrimack College Zoom Session

10:00-11:15 a.m. – Disability Visibility and Activism

Speaker: Paula Carozzo

Join 2/9 Disability Visibility and Activism Zoom Session

Noon-1:15 p.m. – Community, Care, and Responsibility: Intersectional Strategies for Unlearning and Healing from Anti-Blackness

Speaker: Dr. Melvin Whitehead

In this session, Dr. Whitehead’s will emphasize the significance of centering Black communities and Black perspectives in anti-racist work. Dr. Whitehead will also introduce a multi-dimensional intersectional framework for disrupting and healing from anti-blackness, which attendees can use to inform their anti-racist praxis within their own communities. Some of the questions to be explored include:

  • What is anti-blackness and what are its historical roots? 
  • What is the relationship between whiteness and anti-blackness? Why does this relationship matter?
  • What does it mean to center Black communities in how we think about the purpose and usefulness of anti-racist work?
  • How can we use an anti-racist framework to resist other forms of oppression and discrimination targeting LGBTQ+ and immigrant communities for example?

Join 2/9 Community, Care and Responsibility Zoom Session

2-3:15 p.m. – Working for and Writing about Gender, Racial, Economic and Migrant Justice

Speaker: Cynthia Dewi Oka

Join 2/9 Working for and Writing about Gender, Racial, Economic and Migrant Justice Zoom Session

4-5:15 p.m. – Anti-Racist Community Engaged Pedagogy & Practice

Speakers: Dr. Roopika Risam and Joseph Krupczynski

Join 2/9 Anti-Racist Community Engaged Pedagogy & Practice

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Distinguished Educator Certificate

The President’s Special Initiative on DEI and the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) introduce a new certificate program for faculty and staff who have completed at least 25 hours of DEI education and training since January 2019. Relevant experience may include education and training on and off campus. Faculty and staff who complete the minimum hours required will be recognized publicly and receive a certificate and a LinkedIn badge. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. To apply for the certificate, applicants should complete the training recognition form, listing the date, hours and nature of the training they wish to get recognized for.

Contact Us

Simona Sharoni, Ph.D.
Vice President, Inclusionary Excellence, Institutional Access & Leadership
Professor, Women’s & Gender Studies Department

How to Tune In

Each session has a Zoom link listed. Please click on the Zoom link at the beginning of the event to join.