In Season Four, student activist turned graduate activist 🎓 Jamil Harp and Professor KC Councilor break down communication barriers and get to the heart of equity and inclusion conversations on college campuses.
Season 4 Finale
KC and Jamil reflect on the 15 episodes and 20+ guests they talked with in season 4. Thank you to everyone who tuned in and joined us for hours of innovative conversations. And, of course, they drop a few hints about what's to come this fall in season 5!
An Intersectional Look at Silicon Valley: Glass Walls in the Field of Tech
KC and Jamil are proud to to host the first stop on Dr. France Winddance Twine's book tour, talking about her new work Geek Girls: Inequality and Opportunity in Silicon Valley. They discuss the beginnings of her tech-focused research, mythologies surrounding Silicon Valley, marginalized representation in tech, coding boot camps, primary concepts in the book like “geek capital” and “glass walls” and more. Dr. Twine (Muscogee - Creek Nation) is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is an ethnographer, documentary filmmaker, a feminist race theorist and a visual artist whose research on race, class, and gender inequalities is intersectional, international and innovative. Twine is the author and editor of eleven books. For more info, see her website at https://www.francewinddancetwine.net/.
Ringing the Alarm: Emergency Media and Inequality
KC and Jamil meet with Liz Ellcessor, associate professor of Media Studies at the University of Virginia, about her new book In Case of Emergency: How Technologies Mediate Crisis and Normalize Inequality. Together they discuss emergency media, surveillance technologies, safety on college campuses, and much more. Dr. Ellcessor is a Senior Faculty Fellow at the Miller Center for Public Affairs at UVA. She is also the author of Restricted Access: Media, Disability, and the Politics of Participation and co-editor of Disability Media Studies. More about Liz and a discount code for the book at https://www.lizellcessor.org/ (https://www.lizellcessor.org/)!
Diversifying STEM: The Bioscience Academic and Career Pathway (BioPath)
Jamil and KC talk with Ines Reardon and Peter Dimoulas from the Bioscience Academic and Career Pathway (BioPath) about their community efforts to increase students of color entering STEM fields through mentorship, job opportunities, and specialized classes. They are joined by Lionel Meda (Pfizer) and Legairre Radden (Boehringer Ingelheim), who talk about their career growth, educational journeys, barriers to success, and the need for more black scientists.
Post-Graduation Blues / Finding Your Life's Story with Michael King
Post-Graduation Blues: Finding Your Path. KC and Jamil talk about common anxieties that surround graduating from college with guest Michael King. Together they address feelings of hopelessness, worries about not finding employment, societal pressures, and ways to overcome these troubles. Michael King is a storyteller, educator, and a campus advisor for the JED Foundation, a nonprofit that protects emotional health and prevents suicide for our nation's teens and young adults.
Friendship and Activism: Honoring Those Who Came Before Us and Those Who Will Come After Us
KC and Jamil talk about the power of using friendship to fuel activism. They are joined by Tony Ferraiolo and Dru Levasseur, who share the story of their friendship, which allowed their co-founding of the Jim Collins Foundation and has supported them through struggles with burn out so many of us face. Tony and Dru’s dedication to uplifting the trans community will inspire anyone to create light even in the darkest places.
Dru is currently the director of DEI for the National LGBTQ+ Bar, and previously directed Lambda Legal's Transgender Rights Project for ten years. He has served as counsel in landmark impact litigation cases and amicus briefs in federal courts, including the Supreme Court, and is a national and international spokesperson who has appeared in dozens of media outlets. Tony is the Director of Health Care Advocates International’s Youth and Family Program, a long-time life coach, trainer, speaker, and facilitator of youth and family support groups. Tony is the subject of the award-winning documentary “A Self-Made Man” and the author of the book series Artistic Expressions of Transgender Youth.
Critical listening in higher Ed!
These segments are critical listens as we all work to break down the silos that inhibit true equity and inclusion for higher ed students. Such important conversations, and very thoughtful hosts to navigate us through the conversations.