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LIVE WEBINAR: Bias and Microaggressions–Addressing Current Issues

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

1-2:30 p.m.

Racism and xenophobia, along with many other types of microaggressions and bias, have increased as a result of the COVID-19 global pandemic. Asians and Asian Americans have faced harassment, discrimination and violence, while a shift to remote or virtual online learning has left many without equitable tools to learn. The use of masks by many people of color further illuminates the cultural bias society has as some are perceived as criminals although the use of protective facial coverings is advised for many across the world.

How can campuses address these key equity and inclusion concepts in light of the current health crisis?

How can faculty, staff and administrators educate and respond both virtually and in on-campus environments?

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Naomi Sigg

This live webinar is designed to raise awareness, address incidents and lessen exclusion within your community.

Naomi Sigg, director of Multicultural Affairs at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio, will be the presenter. She will offer actionable takeaways to help delve into these issues and effectively combat incidents within the campus community and beyond. Participants should develop a foundational understanding of important equity and inclusion concepts, the ability to assess their own biases, and strategies to address microaggressions, bias, discrimination and hate towards a variety of communities whether virtually or in person.

To register for the webinar go to

After registering for the event, you will receive an email with instructions on how to access the webinar and retrieve materials.

This event is presented by PaperClip Communications.

Inclusive Collaboration Programming Grants Available

In an effort to create an environment which fosters the advancement of diversity and inclusion, The University of Alabama’s Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in partnership with the Division of Student Life invites you to apply for the Inclusive Collaboration Programming Grant.

The Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is accepting funding requests from campus departments and student organizations that support and are aligned with the University’s diversity initiatives. We welcome programming ideas and projects that support all students, faculty and staff.

Applications should:

  1. Increase awareness of various dimensions of DEI projects
  2. Provide opportunities for in depth and interactive learning experiences about DEI
  3. Build skills which lead to greater cultural competencies

Fall 2020 Programming

Applications for Fall 2020 programing grants will be accepted March 9 through May 1, 2020. Notification of funding approval will be May 15, 2020. All program planning and marketing information must be finalized and submitted by June 26, 2020.

Spring 2021 Programming

Applications for Spring 2021 programing grants will be accepted Sept. 7 through Oct. 16, 2020. Notification of funding approval will be Oct. 30, 2020. All program planning and marketing information must be finalized and submitted by Nov. 6, 2020.

If you have questions, please contact the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at (205) 348-2053 or


  • January 17th, 2019
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The Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in collaboration with the Office of Academic Affairs is pleased to present two workshops focused on building more inclusive classroom environments. 
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Monday, Jan. 28, 2019

Workshop 1: Teaching Inclusively

9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.

This workshop will explore the barriers to achieving inclusive excellence and how they may be overcome, including presentations, case studies, and discussion. Please register at (Light refreshments served)

Workshop 2: Fostering Civility and Conflict Resolution in the Classroom

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

This workshop will discuss the causes of incivility and methods for fostering greater civility and conflict resolution in the college classroom. Please register at (Lunch provided)

Dr. Joe Bandy


Assistant Director, CFT Affiliated Faculty, Department of Sociology

Joe Bandy is Assistant Director of the Center for Teaching and affiliated faculty in the Department of Sociology at Vanderbilt University. He received his PHD from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1998, and was Assistant and Associate Professor of Sociology at Bowdoin College from 1998 to 2010, after which he came to Vanderbilt. From 1996 to 2004, his research investigated the many ways that social movement organizations have responded to the economic changes associated with globalization, especially the efforts of U.S. and Mexican labor and environmental movements to forge coalitions in response to the social problems associated with export processing and free trade. Since 2005, he has focused on administrative, research, and teaching projects related to faculty development around high impact teaching practices — particularly case- and problem-based methods, service learning/community engagement, and inclusive excellence — and has championed teaching methods that support civic engagement, environmental sustainability, and critical understandings of social differences.

He has been featured in Sociologists in Action and is active in his work with Imagining America, an organization dedicated to supporting public scholarship and community engagement in the academy, the Professional and Organizational Development Network, and the Institute of International Education. He also has been an invited speaker and facilitator at Yale University, Johns Hopkins University, the International Dialogue on Education (ID-E), and the Institute on International Education. At Vanderbilt University, he oversees programs dedicated to these concerns, particularly junior faculty development, service learning and community engagement, sustainability education, and issues of difference and power in teaching. In sociology, Joe continues to teach in the areas of the sociology of development, globalization, U.S. class relations, labor, as well as environmental problems and movements.


POSTPONED: Dr. Tyrone Bledsoe to Discuss Strategies to Improving Higher Ed Success Among Black, Brown Men

  • October 19th, 2018
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Dr. Bledsoe: Black and Brown Males: Sharing a Culture of Success
Dr. Tyrone Bledsoe

Who: Dr. Tyrone Bledsoe, founder and president of the Student and African American Brotherhood (SAAB)
What: Black and Brown Males: Shaping a Culture of Success
When: TBA.
Where: TBD.
Admission: Free

The U.S. Census projects that racial and ethnic minorities will represent more than half of all in children in the United States by 2023, and that the U.S. population will be 54 percent minority by 2050. These demographic changes have implications for higher education.

Students of color led higher education enrollment booms in 2008 – 15 percent for Latino men and 8 percent for African Americans, according the Pew Research Center. However, within this enrollment boom of diverse students, there are achievement inequities.  More than two-thirds of black men who start college do not graduate within six years, the lowest college completion rate among all sexes and ethnic groups, according to the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies Health Policy Institute.

If higher education policies and practices do not address the varied college experiences, retention rates and graduation rates of men of color, the academic achievement gap will continue to grow.  Many campuses and national organizations are beginning to study more closely the experiences of students of color in higher education with the focus on closing achievement gaps, with a particular focus on men of color.

Dr. Tyrone Bledsoe, as one of the leading authorities in higher education and an international social innovator, will highlight successful and proven strategies designed to assist males of color to effectively navigate college to persist to graduate. The Student African American Brotherhood (SAAB) will be featured as a best practice and successful, student-driven model empowering males of color to be key agents in shaping a culture for their own success