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Panel discussions examine what it means to live in an equitable society

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The Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, in partnership with campus leaders, is hosting a series of panel discussions this summer, exploring the structures of oppression and creating an opportunity for the Mountaineer community to re-examine and relearn what it means to live in an equitable society. The first panel discussion, Identifying and Combating Structural Racism is scheduled for today (June 23) at 2:30 p.m. via Zoom.

How will history books describe 2020? A year that marked the beginning of a new decade with promise, optimism and hope for some has quickly pivoted to reveal the inequalities in our society.  In the midst of a global pandemic that continues to test our society in a variety of ways, we have become more aware of the structural oppression faced by marginalized communities.  

In recent weeks we have seen a resurgence in activism and visibility for racial minorities, the LGBTQ+ community and people with disabilities. 

J. Spenser Darden, Director of Diversity Initiatives and Community Engagement will serve as moderator. Panelists include:

  • Linda Alexander, Senior Associate Dean for Academic, Student and Faculty Affairs; Professor – School of Public Health

  • W. Constinia Charbonnette, Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs – John Chambers College of Business and Economics

  • Cris Mayo, Director of the LGBTQ+ Center and Professor in Women’s and Gender Studies

  • James Nolan, Professor and Chair of Sociology – Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

Register for the panel discussion.