Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Programming Highlights

black in the ivory graphic showing panelists and moderatorBlack in the Ivory

Monday, Sept. 14 at 5-6:30 p.m. via BFSA Zoom

Social Justice Series sponsored by the UA Black Faculty and Staff Association


  • Atty. Terrika Shaw
  • Dr. Utz McKnight
  • Dr. Nikita Harris

Dr. André Denham, BFSA vice president, is the moderator.

Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month

Sept. 15-Oct. 15

Information will be posted on the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion website.

man with praying handsRacism, Microaggression, Social Injustice and Minority Mental Health

Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 6 p.m. | STUDENTS

Thursday, Sept. 17 at noon | FACULTY/STAFF

This workshop will discuss unique experiences of racial minorities in socio-cultural context. Participants will explore ways in which different forms of racism and microaggression contribute to development of self, interpersonal relationships, and mental health of racial minority. In addition, participants will discuss strategies that racial minorities can utilize to improve overall psychological well-being and promote personal growth. Presenter: Nahree Doh, PhD, associate director of clinical and outreach services, UA Counseling Center.

Faculty: Register via Eventbrite. | Students: Register via Eventbrite.

photo of guest speaker with event infoDesign, Public Memory, and Memorialization

Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 5 p.m.

Jha D Williams, senior associate at MASS Design Group, will discuss how participatory design processes can foster truth-telling, commemoration and healing. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A moderated by Dr. Hilary Green, UA Department of Race and Gender Studies.

Sponsored by the UA Collaborative Arts Research Initiative in partnership with the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Register via Eventbrite. Get more information at cari.ua.edu.

Flyer showing woman in yoga poseSelf -Care and Proactive Coping While Dealing with Racial Injustice

Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 6 p.m. for STUDENTS

Thursday, Sept. 24 at noon for FACULTY/STAFF

This workshop is for individuals interested in learning strategies to maintain self-care and proactively cope with mental, emotional and physical stress related to racial injustice. Presenter: Patrick Lewis, MSW, staff therapist, UA Counseling Center

Faculty/Staff: Register via Eventbrite.

Students: Register via Eventbrite.

Jane Elliott
Jane Elliott

A Conversation with Jane Elliott Focusing on Power, Perception and Prejudice

Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 6 p.m.

Jane Elliott is an internationally known teacher, lecturer, diversity trainer and recipient of the National Mental Health Association Award for Excellence in Education known for her Brown Eyes/Blue Eyes exercise in the 1960s. Her mission exposes prejudice and bigotry for what it is, an irrational class system based upon purely arbitrary factors.

She will discuss how we decide who has power, how our perception of others is dictated by our education, and how prejudice dictates how we see people and things, even without having facts and experience to support our prejudices.

The event is open to the community.

Register via Eventbrite.

border south poster‘Border South’ Screening and Discussion

Thursday, Sept. 24

Film Screening: 7 p.m.

Discussion: 8:30-9 p.m.

The evening features a screening of the critically-acclaimed documentary “Border South” and post-film discussion of U.S.-Mexico border and immigration politics. Every year hundreds of thousands of migrants make their way along the trail running from southern Mexico to the U.S. border. “Border South” reveals the immigrants’ resilience, ingenuity and humor as it exposes a global migration system that renders human beings invisible in life as well as death.

Register via Eventbrite.

Discussion: Hostile Terrain Exhibit and ‘Border South’ Q&A

Friday, Sept. 25 at 3:30 p.m.

Discussion: 3:30 p.m. | Q&A with ‘Border South’ director: 4 p.m.

Join the discussion about the launch of the Hostile Terrain 94 Exhibit prior to a special Q&A session with Border South Director Raúl O. Paz Pastrana and director of the Undocumented Migration Project Dr. Jason De León.

Register via Eventbrite.


Teaching with Tension: Strategies for Talking about Race in Our Current Moment

Friday, Sept. 25 at 1 p.m.

Cassander Smith and Mary Meares
Dr. Cassander Smith and Dr. Mary Meares

Teaching With Tension: A National Election, A Pandemic, State-Sanctioned Violence and Strategies for Talking about Race in Our Current Moment addresses how attitudes about race, impacted by our current political environment, have produced pedagogical challenges for university faculty. In this webinar, faculty discuss strategies for addressing hot-button topics in the classroom. Through small group discussion, participants will exchange strategies and create dialogue about the struggles and joys of teaching topics that address racial difference and teaching in racially diverse spaces.

Facilitators: Dr. Cassander L. Smith, co-editor of Teaching with Tension: Race, Resistance, and Reality in the Classroom (Northwestern University Press, 2018), and Dr. Mary Meares, associate professor, Communication and Information Sciences and facilitator for UA Faculty Learning Community “Communicating About Race and Diversity”.

Register via Eventbrite.

Carlos Aleman
Dr. Carlos Aleman

Community Economic Development, Citizenship, Immigration and Civic Engagement

Monday, Sept. 28 at 6 p.m.

Presenter: Dr. Carlos E. Alemán is deputy director of the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama (¡HICA!). Prior to joining ¡HICA!, Alemán was a professor of Latin American history at Samford University. He serves on the board of directors for the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Red Mountain Park, and the Literacy Council of Central Alabama. In August, he was elected to the Homewood, Alabama City Council. A first generation immigrant from Nicaragua, Alemán grew up in San Francisco. He received his BA in History and Latin American/Latino Studies from UC Santa Cruz and his PhD in History from Michigan State University.

Register via Eventbrite.

Coping with Intergenerational Race-Related Trauma flyerCoping with Intergenerational Race-Related Trauma Associated with Structural Injustice

Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 6 p.m. | Students

Thursday, Oct. 1 at noon | Faculty/Staff

During this workshop, participants will discuss the experiences of People of Color and Indigenous, individuals with racism, discrimination and microaggressions and the negative impacts on their mental health. Racial trauma, or race-based stress, will be described in more detail, and participants will further explore some of the potential psychological symptoms associated with it, such as hypervigilance to threat, flashbacks, nightmares, avoidance, suspiciousness, and somatic symptoms such as headaches and heart palpitations. The discussion will also address historical trauma associated with structural injustice and the intergenerational implications over time. Presenter: Terri Spain, MSW, staff therapist, UA Counseling Center

Faculty: Register via Eventbrite. | Students: Register via Eventbrite.

For more information, contact the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at diversity@ua.edu.