In Season Two, student activist Jamil Harp and Professor KC Councilor break down communication barriers and get to the heart of equity and inclusion conversations on college campuses.
"Unmuting" Voices in American History: Dr. Carlos Torre
Connecticut high schools will be required to offer African-American, Black, Puerto Rican, and Latino studies beginning in Fall 2022 – becoming the first state in the nation to do so.
Here to discuss the significance of this new law, signed into effect in December 2020, is Carlos Torre, professor of curriculum and learning and former president of the Board of Education for New Haven Public Schools.
Torre earned a master's in education, a certificate in advanced study, and a doctorate of education from Harvard University. He is also an elected member of the Academy of Arts and Sciences of Puerto Rico, which awarded him the Academy’s Medal of the Academician.
Real Talk: Transgender and the Right to Identity
The podcast team debriefs last week's conversation on transgender rights and adds some personal experiences from the college campus.
Transgender Identities and the Target On Transgender Youth: Karleigh Chardonnay Webb and Eliot Olson
You keep using that word... I do not think it means what you think it means...
Yes. We're pulling from our good friend Inigo Montoya to help us spell out the "T" in LGBTQIA+, because some of the misconceptions we're hearing today are truly inconceivable...
As the transgender community continues to fight for public space, at least 28 state legislatures are weighing measures that would bar transgender youth from participating in sports or receiving medical treatment. Our guests help break down the political context, possible implications of passage, and some of the myths that are reinforced about trans identity in these conversations.
Karleigh Chardonnay Webb is a journalist and contributor to https://www.outsports.com/ (Outsports), a trans organizer for the Party for Socialism and Liberation, a competitive cyclist, runner, and multi-sport athlete, and a staff operator for https://translifeline.org/ (Trans Lifeline).
Eliot Olson is a queer and trans New Haven-based organizer currently attending Columbia University virtually while working at the New Haven Pride Center as the Transgender, non-binary, and intersex program officer and serving as the Waterbury, CT based non-profit Life In My Days Director of Development and Communications.
Real Talk: The Past, Present and Future of Cancel Culture
The podcast team debriefs last week's conversation on cancel culture and adds some personal experiences from the college campus.
The Cancel Culture Paradox: Reimagining Accountability with D Howden
Afraid of being cancelled for saying the wrong thing? Our podcast guest D Howden thinks that's much less likely to happen than you think... Today we'll explore the deep roots of cancel culture and its displaced meanings in the modern media landscape. We'll also talk about the real victims of cancel culture, how the tables can be turned, and the close relationship between platforms, power, and accountability to differentiate between public repercussions and actual "cancellation."
D Howden (they/them)
D is a queer, gender non-conforming autistic human who supports victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. They have been doing this work for about five years, and part of their role is around PREA, the Prison Rape Elimination Act. They also actively participate in mutual aid and community care to uproot white supremacy in themselves and in their community. They live in Oregon, and yes, they love the outdoors and flannel.
Mentioned in today's show: https://www.akpress.org/we-will-not-cancel-us.html (Adrienne Marie Brown: We Will Not Cancel Us)
Undocumented Students & The Immigration "Football:" Dr. Carmen Coury, Dr. Loida Reyes & Esteban Garcia
The concept of home is fluid for many undocumented students in America, especially in today's political climate. What role can higher education play in helping to stabilize policy for students? And more broadly, why do policy decisions change from administration to administration? All that and more on today's episode, featuring:
Dr. Carmen Coury is an Assistant Professor of Latin American History at Southern Connecticut State University where she teaches courses on Colonial and Modern Latin American history.
Dr. Coury has employed archival research and oral histories to uncover the histories of individuals at the margins of state power (and beyond the nation’s borders) who often elaborate alternative visions of the nation, which are often rooted in local and regional experiences and which often serve to break open univocal and linear official national stories.
She is in the early stages of researching her second monograph, which will examine the historical origins of Costa Rica's whiteness mythology and its more contemporary consequences, especially, for the nation's Indigenous and Afro-Caribbean citizens.
Esteban Garcia serves as the co-chair of the Dreamers Action Alliance at SCSU and is on the board of directors for Connecticut Students for a Dream. Esteban has helped SCSU respond to the needs of students by identifying and breaking down barriers faced by undocumented students and their families; engaging the campus community in conversations about immigration issues, and educating the community about the realities of being an immigrant in the United States; and advocating for policies that support students at the campus, state, and national levels.
Dr. Loida Reyes is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at Southern Connecticut State University. Before joining the university in 2018, she worked as a program manager for the state of Connecticut's Department of Children and Families for 25 years.
Learn more about https://www.southernct.edu/undocumented-students (Southern's commitment to supporting undocumented students).
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.