GSEP Diversity Council and Talent Management Department Host Community Discussion About Racial Justice
On June 18, 2020, the Diversity Council and Talent Management Department at the Graduate School of Education and Psychology presented a webinar that explored the history of racial inequality in America, the concepts of white privilege and white fragility, the responsibility of the church and people of faith in response to these issues, why this particular time is perceived as a turning point, and where society is headed from here.
“There was a need to have a timely, honest conversation about the racial injustices that are happening to Black and brown people across this country. Our Black and brown community members are hurting, and it is necessary that we create safe spaces to listen and learn with our hearts,” explained Maria Wright (EdD ’19), associate director of talent management, who facilitated the discussion.
Organized by Diversity Council staff members Carlos Jimenez (MA ’12), Jamille Lockhart (’16), and Mahsa Zojaji (MA ’16), the online conversation also addressed mandatory implicit bias training, immediate diversification of upper administration and faculty, diversification of student counseling services so that students of color can relate to their support services professionals, incorporating social justice and equity content into the curriculum, a recommitment to serving diverse communities in Los Angeles, and being intentional about inclusive language in all communications.