More Than Words: In Conversation with the Language of Racial and Social Justice-Making

More Than Words | Teaching In Troubled Times

To suggest that there is something wrong with the status quo is hard to grasp and even offensive to some ... It is going to take more than a pebble to cause rippling effects into a system that has been operational for hundreds of years.
Professor Amani Allen
[Best practices] is one of those terms that I do not like because it is fixed. It is embedded in whiteness...thinking about best practices, for whom? By whom?
Vice Chancellor Dania Matos


Commitments to the work that connects diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging/justice, anti-racism, anti-Blackness, anti-white supremacy and abolition work, are deep and rich. Each of these terms also have motivations and genealogies. During this event there was a discussion focused on unpacking the relationships between these frameworks and how they help us better understand and situate the work and the questions that they generate. When we think about the relationships that we hope to foster with and between students, how do we use these frameworks to inform our practice? How do these frameworks evolve and enhance our already hard earned/created work? Or realize that we might move our practice forward in new and different ways of being? What kinds of knowledge are best revealed through each of these different frameworks?

Moderator & Panelists

Discussion moderated by Maggie HunterSenior Director, Centers For Educational Justice & Community Engagement


Amani Allen, Professor of Community Health Sciences and Epidemiology, School of Public Health

Dania Matos, Vice Chancellor, Equity & Inclusion

Mel Chen, Professor of Gender & Women's Studies and Director for the Center for the Study of Sexual Culture

Phenocia Bauerle, Director, Native American Student Development