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Black Lives Matter from Global Perspectives and In Global Contexts

On Wednesday, April 7, 2021, a panel of international scholars discussed BLM as a transnational phenomenon from comparative perspectives, with focus on continental and national/regional manifestations of BLM awareness and solidarity. A Q&A with the audience followed.

Panelists included:

  • Dr. Agya Boakye-Boaten, Associate Professor of Africana Studies and Director of Interdisciplinary, International, & Africana Studies Programs at UNC-Asheville 
  • Dr. Danai Mupotsa, Senior Lecturer in African Literature at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • Dr. Sueann Caulfield, Associate Professor of History at the University of Michigan.
BLM global racial justice event April 2021

Workshop on “Becoming an Anti-Racist Language Educator”

November 14, 2020

CIS’s World Languages Program, which is coordinated by Dr. Pittaya Paladroi-Shane, hosted the workshop, “Becoming an Anti-Racist Language Educator,” as part of the Center’s Black Lives Matter and Global Racial Justice initiative. It was held via Zoom and was facilitated by Dr. Gyanam Mahajan, co-director of the Excellence in Pedagogy and Innovative Classroom program, SEA language coordinator, and teacher of Hindi-Urdu at UCLA.  The two-hour workshop focused on helping world-language educators develop a better understanding of the causes, manifestations, and implications of the BLM movement, and engage in a conversation on anti-racist propositions and approaches in their teaching. Participants connected with peers in small-group discussions, exploring ideas regarding the building allyship and forging positive action.


CIS Position on Social Justice and Equity

CIS Launch evet_BLM

To launch the BLM and Global Racial Justice initiative, on November 9, 2020, CIS hosted a roundtable conversation and online-audience Q&A about the Center’s position paper. The discussion featured the following guests:

  • Dr. Winsome Chunnu, Director, Multicultural Center
  • Dr. Akil Houston, Associate Professor of Cultural and Media Studies, Department of African American Studies
  • Dr. Robin Muhammad, Associate Professor of African American Studies and Chair of the Faculty Senate
  • Dr. Ghirmai Negash, Professor of English and Director of the African Studies Program