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Minority Serving Institutions Coffee Chat: Fostering Belonging Through Equity-Minded, Anti-Racist Course Design

November 17, 2021, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm EST

The coffee chat series will serve as a space for scholars and practitioners to share ideas, best practices, and other resources related to R1 and Minority Serving Institutions relationships and mechanisms of support for students that transition from MSIs into R1 for graduate and professional education. The series will highlight examples from U-M, exemplars from across the country, and scholars and practitioners that explore and implement practices that foster positive experiences and outcomes for students from MSIs.

This series is primarily intended for faculty and staff that have existing relationships with MSIs, or for those who do not but are interested in forming relationships, as well as graduate students who have interest in this topic.

Sense of belonging is a basic human need that all students are motivated to fulfill in social contexts. Yet, racist and oppressive institutional structures and practices conspire in the marginalization and alienation that minoritized students consistently report on campus. In this talk, Royel M. Johnson will identify promising practices that instructors should consider to counteract disconfirming messages that minoritized students receive about their place or “fit” on campus. Drawing on the concepts of equity-mindedness and anti-racism, he will provide attendees with specific recommendations for (re)designing their courses in ways that attend to students’ belonging needs.

Speaker: Royel M. Johnson is assistant professor of higher education at Pennsylvania State University, where he is also associate director of the Center for the Study of Higher Education. However, he will join the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California as associate professor of higher education January 1, 2022. Johnson is a nationally recognized scholar, whose interdisciplinary research addresses issues of educational access, racial equity, and student success. His work has an unapologetic focus on racially/ethnically minoritized and other institutionally marginalized populations including young people with foster care experience and justice-involved youth.

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November 17, 2021
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm EST
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