OEI to Host Spring Diversity Book Club- “What Truth Sounds Like”

OEI to Host Spring Diversity Book Club- “What Truth Sounds Like”

Please join us as we read Michael Eric Dyson’s What Truth Sounds Like and come together as a UD community to engage in meaningful dialogue around issues of race in America. It is of the utmost importance, now more than ever, that we continue to look for opportunities to engage in dialogue as we look to shape the world around us with inclusive excellence in mind. UD’s commitment to inclusive excellence calls on each of us to thoughtfully consider the role we play in our community as educators and leaders. Our time together will provide an opportunity to engage with folks from all corners of the university and consider where we’ve been and where we are going.

Registration is open to anyone at the University of Delaware, and a limited number of books are available for those in need.

Register here: https://goo.gl/forms/G4JR82GFvlXF6zId2

We will meet on the following dates:

2/28/19 3PM- 4:30PM- Perkins Ewing Room (Chapters 1-3, pp. 1-86) 

3/27/19 12PM- 1PM- Perkins Gallery Room (Chapters 4-6, pp. 87-184)

5/1/19 3PM- 4:30PM- Perkins Collins Room (Chapters 7-9, pp. 185-278)

OEI to Host Book Club: “Stamped From the Beginning”

OEI to Host Book Club: “Stamped From the Beginning”

As part of the historic 50th anniversary of the considerable Civil Rights events in 1968, the Office of Equity & Inclusion, in collaboration with the Office of the Vice Provost for Diversity & Inclusion, will be hosting a facilitated book club conversation during the Fall 2018 Semester. We will be reading Ibram X. Kendi’s National Book Award Winning text, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America.

Registration: https://goo.gl/forms/3RV0aWhdYlxnfk4l2

Meeting times over the course of the Fall Semester: 9/27 @ 3 P.M.: Chapters 1-12 (Perkins Gallery Room)
10/23 @ 12 P.M.: Chapters 13-26 (Perkins Collins Room)
12/3 @ 3P.M.: Chapters 27-37 (Perkins Collins Room)

Buy on Amazon: https://goo.gl/TZ5jBc
Learn More: https://www.ibramxkendi.com/stamped

Fatimah Stone Appointed Interim Director

Fatimah Stone, assistant general counsel at the University of Delaware, has been appointed interim director of the University’s Office of Equity and Inclusion (OEI), Alan Brangman, executive vice president and University treasurer, announced today. Her appointment was effective April 27.

Stone, who previously served as senior associate director of OEI, is filling in for Sue Groff, who is currently on leave.

Fatimah Stone is serving as interim director of the Office of Equity and Inclusion.

“I am grateful to Fatimah Stone for taking on this interim assignment with our Office of Equity and Inclusion,” Alan Brangman, executive vice president and University treasurer. “Her extensive knowledge of the University and of the work of OEI, coupled with her experience in higher education human resources, will serve the University well. I look forward to working with her as she takes on this important task.”

During this assignment, Stone will continue to serve as the senior legal counsel for NIIMBL (the National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals), a Manufacturing USA institute headquartered at UD and funded by the federal government to advance United States competitiveness in advanced manufacturing innovation.

Stone joined UD in 2015 as senior associate director of the Office of Equity and Inclusion. Before coming to Delaware, she served as a human resources consultant at the University of Notre Dame, where she was responsible for conducting staff investigations in response to employees’ discrimination and sexual harassment complaints filed with that university’s Office of Institutional Equity. Earlier, she was a transactional attorney in New Orleans, Louisiana.

A member of the Louisiana State Bar Association, the National Association of College and University Attorneys and the Association of Corporate Counsel, Stone earned her undergraduate degree at Fairleigh-Dickinson University and a law degree from Tulane Law School.

Source: https://www.udel.edu/udaily/2018/april/fatimah-stone-interim-director-oei/

Listening & Learning

Listening & Learning

Learning is a lifelong process, and adding to your social justice toolkit is something we can all continue to do. Here at OEI, we love our podcasts, and would like to share a few you may find of particular interest as you enhance your skills. Go ahead and add them to your list for the drive home!

Intersection, with Jamil Smith

Another Round

About Race

Latino USA

We Want the Airwaves, by Nia King

Conversations with People Who Hate Me

Pod Save the People with DeRay

Hidden Brain


Code Switch – NPR


Considerations for Allies

In our current social and political climate, there is no question that we have work left to do when it comes to combating the oppressive forces that pull at the very fabric of our identity as a nation. For those of us in seemingly privileged positions, these forces may not be daily considerations as we go about our lives, heading to and from work, and tackling the daily projects that occupy our time. However, that is all the more reason why it is important that we accept the responsibility we have as allies for fostering change and promoting inclusive excellence.

Very often, as Jenn and I speak with members of the UD community, we are presented with a very straight-forward, but far from simple question. “What can I do?” This is feeling of confusion can be overwhelming in the face of so much turmoil and so many concerns. It can seem a daunting task as we speak with our colleagues and truly begin to realize just how different our life experiences can be from the person one office over. However, there are many direct strategies we can employ as we strive to be allies for social justice!

Assume oppression is everywhere…because it is everywhere. Just as we breath the air around us but forget it’s there, it’s important to remember that racism, sexism, homophobia, and other forms of oppression are everywhere, and they influence all of our actions. It’s important to think critically about how these forces influence our actions, as well as those of our colleagues, family members, and friends. Once we recognize who has a voice, who doesn’t have a voice, and how those voices are received, we can begin to understand the scope of oppression in our daily lives.

Recognize how oppression is discussed. Do we talk about these oppressive forces, or do we hear folks denying their presence and impact in our lives? Are people making other excuses for oppressive behavior? Are racism, sexism, homophobia, and other forces being downplayed around us? If and when we can answer yes to these questions, then we begin to see not only why it’s a difficult conversation to have, but more importantly why it’s such an important conversation to have with others.

Notice who is at the table. When you walk into meetings, attend events, or go about your work day, notice who is present and who isn’t present. Notice who has power in those settings and who doesn’t have power. Recognize not only who is speaking, but how their comments are received and respected.

Avoid personal attacks. There is a big difference between stating that something that someone SAID was racist/sexist/homophobic, and calling that person racist/sexist/homophobic. Focus on comments and actions, and avoid personal attacks. You can discuss the nature of a comment, but you can’t support a personal attack on someone’s character.

Be ready to slip. All of us slip up from time-to-time. No matter how long you spend discussing issues of oppression, you are going to say something inappropriate and instantly regret it. Be open to that feedback without getting defensive. Being an ally means constantly learning better to do better.

Build alliances. We can’t do this work alone, and we can’t do it in silos. Find others who are committed and collaborate on projects. Attend workshops. Read more. Learn more. Look for opportunities to educate family and friends around you. If you are a parent, talk to your children about these ideas. They see it and experience it everyday too, and it’s important for them to have the knowledge and language to address it as well.

There is no quick fix for the problems tugging at the fabric of our society, but finding our place in the solution is an important step. We all have a role to play in creating a community based on inclusive excellence, and we are ask excited as ever to participate in that journey with you!