Dean's Forum: Race and Higher Education

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Building off the work of Teachers College, Columbia University's Racial Literacy Lecture Series, Dean’s Forums feature candid conversations on race, equity & education at the School of Education.

Date & Time:

Thursday, February 28, 2019
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM




University of St. Thomas - Minneapolis Campus
Opus Hall, Room 201 and 202
1000 LaSalle Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403

"Race and Higher Education"

This session will continue the School of Education's conversations around race and racism, and will bring our attention to the context of higher education. We will provide historical context as well as discuss current issues relating to race and racism within higher education. Unfortunately, racially biased incidents are occurring at institutions of higher education across the United States. We will examine the ways implicit and explicit bias show up in our work, and identify action plans for the School of Education to continue our movement toward racial equity. Please feel free to bring your own food or beverage.

About the Speakers

Gilbert, Cornelius

Dr. Cornelius Gilbert is an assistant professor in the School of Education at the University of St. Thomas. As an educator of the higher education enterprise, he studies the history of American higher education, delivery of student services, and is an expert in and on academic advising. He has written a number of published pieces contributing to the field and profession of higher education with emphasis on diversity and inclusion. His book, Advancing Equity and Diversity in Student Affairs: A Festschrift in Honor of Melvin C. Terrell, was edited along with two others, and includes his solo authored chapter,Adding to the Legacy: African American Contributions to Student Affairs.

Sommers, Jayne

Dr. Jayne K. Sommers is an assistant professor and director of the Leadership in Student Affairs MA program at the University of St. Thomas. Her areas of interest include holistic approaches to college student wellbeing, the role of mindfulness and self-care in professional preparation of student affairs educators, social justice in higher education, and intersectionality in student affairs work.

Suggested Reading

Systemic Racism in Higher Education

All programs offered by the University of St. Thomas shall be readily accessible to individuals with disabilities. For details, call (651) 962-6315.