Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

DEI Hosts Critical Conversations

Amid another national crisis, Rowan DEI stands to lead

Being the nation's first university division dedicated to diversity, equity and inclusion already made Rowan DEI distinct. With the grief, outrage and unrest roiling the country this spring, we are all the more committed to serve as dedicated institutional educators and facilitators of equity and justice.

Beginning Thursday, June 4, at 3 p.m., we invite students and everyone in and around the academic community to come together online for We Are Not OK: Injustice, Action, and Healing Series.

Cosponsored with the divisions of Academic Affairs and Student Affairs, this series will help focus on educating, supporting, and providing resources and next steps for the Rowan community and beyond. During each session, we will invite participants to voice their concerns and contribute to the development of action plans that lead to sustainable change.

Thursday, June 4, 3 p.m.
The Match that Lit the Flame: Unpacking Systemic Racism, Policing, and Resistance
Our goal is to increase the awareness and understanding of the historical context of systemic racism, policing, and resistance in this country. Participants will develop tools to critically examine recent events within a historical and sociopolitical context. Everyone will leave this session with strategies and resources to facilitate individual and collective progress.
Moderator: Monika Williams Shealey
Panelists: Shelley Zion, Bill Carrigan, Sandra Joy, Arielle Gedeon

Monday, June 8, 3 p.m.
I Can't Breathe: Discussion of Racial Battle Fatigue, Trauma, and Self-Care
In this session, we center the voices of students, faculty, and staff of color in an effort to increase awareness and understanding of racial battle fatigue and trauma. In addition, participants will explore coping mechanisms that improve their overall well-being and strategies that facilitate collective care.
Moderator: Richard Jones
Panelists: Kha Sadler, Rahbe Simmons, Michael Nash, Wilson Nyah, Marie-Ange Munyemana

Thursday, June 11, 3 p.m.
Speaking Truth to Power through Pedagogy: Anti-Racist Teaching in Higher Education
This session will build upon faculty members’ awareness of systemic racism while exploring anti-racist pedagogy and what its application across disciplines will entail. Participants will engage in critical self-reflection in order to effectively implement anti-racist pedagogy in their classroom. Finally, participants will explore critical components to designing an anti-racist course and professional approach: (1) incorporating the topics of race and inequality into course content, (2) teaching from an anti-racist pedagogical approach, and (3) anti-racist organizing within the campus and linking our efforts to the surrounding community. Participants will leave this session with strategies and resources to develop anti-racist learning outcomes, classroom culture and dynamics, classroom strategies, methods, and assessment.

(Language of this session description as well as the outline of the discussion comes from Kyoko Kishimoto's article Anti-racist pedagogy: From faculty's self-reflection to organizing within and beyond the classroom: Kishimoto, K. (2018). Anti-racist pedagogy: From faculty’s self-reflection to organizing within and beyond the classroom. Race Ethnicity and Education, 21(4), 540-554. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13613324.2016.1248824 as well as from The Anti-Racist Pedagogy Across the Curriculum (ARPAC) Institute at St. Cloud State University. We encourage you to visit their websites at http://www.stcloudstate.edu/arpac and https://www.stcloudstate.edu/arpac/institute/default.aspx.) 

Moderator: Kristin Barrett
Panelists: Chanelle Rose, Rachael Shapiro, Kenzo Sung, Josh Stolz

Friday, June 12, 3 p.m.
White People, Do Something: A Dialogue on Whiteness and Allyship
This session will examine the ways in which white people continue to benefit from systemic oppression. Participants will explore strategies for abandoning white guilt in order to re-center the needs of people of color. Everyone will develop a toolkit of anti-racist resources and action items to effect social change.
Moderator: Roxie Patton
Panelists: Andrew Havrisko, Kevin Koett, Kate Kedley, Abigail Brous

Monday, June 15, 3 p.m.
Where Do We Go From Here? Navigating Campus and Community
This session completes series and will provide participants with an opportunity to engage in problem-solving strategies in collaboration with key community constituents. Participants will be provided with a tool to facilitate their action planning.
Moderator: Kevin Koett
Panelists: John Wallace, Loretta Winters, John Polillo, Adam McCain, Ayala Gedeon, Drew Harrison, Lou Manzo, Kevin Brown
Additional Speakers: Rowan President Ali Houshmand, Monika Williams Shealey, Zakiya Smith Ellis

If you are interested in professional development for your organization or company, Rowan University's Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is pleased to offer onsite training at your location. The DEI Certificate Program furthers discussions on diversity, equity and inclusion among your employees in order to address numerous topics, including identity work, implicit bias, microaggressions, and advocacy. If you would like more information about how to bring this training to your group, please contact us at dei@rowan.edu

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About DEI

As the first higher education division of its kind in the nation, Rowan's DEI combines programming and services for students and employees to address some of the most persisitent issues for individuals and organizations. This unique institutional structure is providing the means for people in every area of the university community to create a stronger, more vibrant and inclusive environment. We welcome your thoughts and comments as we collaborate to build understanding and improve our life together. Please reach us by email at dei@rowan.edu.


The Division of DEI was created in January 2019 as the first division of its kind to combine student and academic affairs and compliance.

Student Support

The Division of DEI supports unique and innovative programming that serves the needs of diverse students.

Faculty Support

The Faculty Center plays an integral role in supporting faculty and staff in developing their professional knowledge and skills to ensure equitable educational opportunities for all students.