kNOw MORE Book Club Planned- April 2019

kNOw MORE Book Club Planned- April 2019

The University of Delaware kNOw MORE campaign is a reflection of the efforts by UD faculty, staff, and students to stand up, participate, and help to raise awareness about sexual misconduct and gender-based violence. Our goal is to create and foster an environment where sexual misconduct in any form is unacceptable and survivors are supported.

As a part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month during April, the campaign will be sponsoring a book club as a means of providing open and honest conversation about sexual assault and rape culture more broadly. We will be reading Kate Harding’s widely acclaimed book, “Asking for It: The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture — And What We Can Do About It”.

In Asking for It, Kate Harding combines in-depth research with a frank, no-holds-barred voice to make the case that twenty-first-century America supports rapists more effectively than it supports victims. From institutional failures in higher education to real-world examples of rape culture, Harding offers ideas and suggestions for how we, as a society, can take sexual violence much more seriously without compromising the rights of the accused.

We will be meeting on the following two dates, and would love to have anyone in the university community join us for this important conversation!

Register Now! 

Schedule:
4/10/19: 4:00pm- 5:30pm, Perkins Collins Room (Chapters 1-6)
4/25/19: 4:00pm- 5:30pm, Perkins Ewing Room (Chapters 7- 11)

The book can be purchased using the Amazon link below, and is also available from the University of Delaware library as an ebook. We will have a limited number of free copies available as well, and you can indicate your interest below.

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0738217026/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_DY6JCbXD7DRJ7

UD Library: https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/udel-ebooks/detail.action?docID=1340957

We hope to see you there for a thought-provoking dialogue! All faculty, staff, and students are welcome to attend.

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-from-the-beginning/

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

Backtalk

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!

Hacking the Gender Pay Gap

Technological innovation has addressed some of the largest problems in the world over the years. We have focused our collective computing intelligence on a great many issues, ranging from education to environmental protection. However, I do not normally associate an intentional combination of 1s and 0s with solutions to issues such as sexism, racism, and homophobia. However, this past weekend, I had the unique opportunity to think about how to combine my vocation and my passion to address a nagging social problem that politicians, educators, and researchers have yet to fully solve. My goal was to hack the pay gap.

More precisely, I was part of a team of diverse individuals that came together as part of The Breaking the Mold Hackathon. The event, which was organized by the MIT Sloan School of Management, and the Sloan Women in Management, was designed to “hack” unconscious bias in many different forms and generate real world solutions beyond simply discussing issues and concerns. Although the event was modeled on more traditional hackathons, which are typically more tech-centered, and tasked with developing technology-based solutions, this event took a slightly different and more structured path towards solutions.

I prepared for the event by broadening my general knowledge and prior experience exploring the gender pay gap from a feminist multicultural perspective, and looking to business and industry for common narratives and responses to the problem. Several significant solutions, including pay transparency, the elimination of negotiation during the offer process, and providing women with negotiation training, have all been proposed and attempted in recent years by large and small companies and organizations. They all offer a partial solution, but do not necessarily get to the heart of the problem, namely the unconscious bias that causes employers to pay women less for the same work in the first place.

Our group chose to re-conceptualize the gender pay gap as a compensation equity gap. This notion better takes into account not only significant differences in base salary, but also benefits, promotions, retirement packages, bonuses, and other aspects of compensation that traditionally disadvantage women. We developed a software platform that would allow organizational leaders to assess their workforce and directly target the actions and environment within their organizations to effect real change. This change would become a priority within the organization by linking it to the very compensation of organizational leaders themselves.

The idea generation, development, and implementation process was fast-paced, buoyed by diverse perspectives from participants in various fields and industries, and resulted in some highly innovative thinking. Within higher education especially, we spend a great deal of time discussing problems, convening meetings and forming committees, and doing research. All of these pieces are crucial to the process of social change, but they are only as important as the priority that is placed on action.

The Equal Pay Act was passed in 1964. We have been discussing these discrepancies for over 50 years, and have moved the needle very little. This event was an important reminder that talking will only get you so far. Not only are we capable of acting, building, creating, and changing, but we must do so. We must continue to push ourselves to think about how we can hack the problems that plague us and strive to create real, tangible change in the process. Thus, my challenge to each of you is to think about how you can move from discussing to hacking!