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Inclusive Conversations

Inclusive Conversations is a series of exchanges and dialogue among members of the UMMC community on stimulating topics in pursuit of sharing and understanding experiences, emotions, and different perspectives. This forum is held monthly and sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Contact Mandy Scott if you would like to receive email notifications or get additional information about these and other events sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

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Robert E. Luckett, Jr., PhD
Associate Professor of History,
Director of the Margaret Walker Center for the Study of the African American Experience
Jackson State University

Noon-1 p.m. Sept. 10, 2018
Classroom Wing (CW-106)

Margaret Walker: This is My Century

Robby Luckett received his BA in political science from Yale University and his PhD from the University of Georgia with a focus on modern civil rights movement history. A native Mississippian, he returned home, where he is a tenured Associate Professor of History and Director of the Margaret Walker Center for the Study of the African American Experience at Jackson State University. His book, Joe T. Patterson and the White South’s Dilemma: Evolving Resistance to Black Advancement, was published by the University Press of Mississippi (2015). Along with several publications and presentations at numerous academic conferences, he has appeared in documentaries, including the Independent Lens film Spies of Mississippi as well as An Ordinary Hero about the life of Joan Trumpauer Mulhollhand.
He is an Advisory Board member for the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, and he is on the Board of Directors of Common Cause Mississippi and the Association of African American Museums. In 2017, Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba appointed him to the Board of Trustees of Jackson Public Schools. He has three children.

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Michelle Johansen
2018 IHL Diversity Educator of the Year
Quality Enhancement Plan Coordinator
Study Abroad Coordinator
History Instructor
Delta State University

Noon-1 p.m. May 7, 2018
Classroom Wing (CW-106)

A World Class Experience: Improving Cultural Competency at Delta State

Since 2014 Delta State University has fully committed to improving campus cultural competency through an intensive five-year plan for all constituencies. The plan’s goals are to assist students in discovering and learning about other cultures; understanding cultural biases and differences; improving intercultural communication skills; developing empathetic skills; and moving effectively within a globalized society. This talk will outline the implementation of DSU’s plan, the successes and lessons learned from across campus, and the next steps for greater engagement and sustainability.

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Byron D'Andra Orey, PhD
Professor of Political Science
Jackson State University

Noon-1 p.m. April 2, 2018
Classroom Wing (CW-106)

Race-Based Trauma and the Fear of Driving while Black

In recent years, there has been an increase in media coverage of African Americans being shot and killed by police officers. With the increased use of social media, individuals are indirectly exposed to these events even if they do not live in the areas where the shootings occur. By using galvanic skin response data and individual-level attitudinal data, funding from the National Science Foundation supported Dr. Orey’s research to examine whether viewing such imagery creates an arousal among African Americans based on what he labels as "Racially Traumatic Stressful Events."

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Stephanie Rolph, PhD
Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty
Associate Professor of History, Millsaps College
March 5, 2018

Teaching Antipoverty Work: Undergraduate Experiences in the Classroom and the Field

Stephanie Rolph is Academic Director for the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty (SHECP), an inter-institutional nonprofit committed to preparing undergraduates for antipoverty work. With 26 member institutions, including Millsaps College, SHECP partners classroom instruction on the complexities of poverty with experiential learning opportunities in agencies across the nation where the daily work of alleviating the conditions of poverty is being done. In addition to her work with SHECP, Stephanie is Associate Professor in the History Department at Millsaps and serves as the director of Community Engaged Learning there.

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mina,-li.jpgMina Li, MD, PhD, MS, CSM
Institute for Disability Studies (UCEDD)
University of Southern Mississippi
May 16, 2017

Disability Inclusion: Getting to Know & Interact with People with Disabilities
Disability inclusion is defined as including people with disabilities in everyday activities and encouraging them to have roles similar to their peers who do not have a disability (CDC, 2017). To implement disability inclusion, it is important to understand the status of this population. This talk will address prevalence of people with disabilities and statistics about the population.

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religious-diversity.jpgPanel Discussion
April 18, 2017

The Intersection of Religion, Faith and Professionalism in the Workplace
Panelists from the UMMC community will share thoughts about expressions of faith in the workplace and what institutions can do better to make inclusive communities for those who have varying religious, ethical or moral beliefs.

williams,-brian.jpgBrian H. Williams, MD, FACS
Trauma Surgeon 
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Dallas, TX
March 21, 2017

Critical Mass: Examining Race, Violence, and Medicine in the 21st Century 
Dr. Williams was the lead surgeon on call with the trauma team called to care for 12 Dallas police officers and two civilians who were shot during what was to be a peaceful protest July 2016 in Dallas, TX. Dr. Williams will share how that experience has impacted his life both personally and professionally.

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