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Patton College Hosts Black Lives Matter Series

Patton College Hosts Black Lives Matter SeriesThe Patton College of Education at Ohio University has initiated a​n educational ​series with the goal of ​enhancing knowledge about racist and anti-racist behaviors among citizens of the university and global communities. The Black Live Matters Munch & Learn Series features ​educators and industry leaders from diverse backgrounds who share the same passion for improving the ​culture that threatens U.S. communities and nation.

To date, three panel discussion have taken place:

Advocacy & Allyship: Every Day, Not Just When it is Trending

This session, which challenges participants to recognize and speak up against racism, features the following speakers:

  • Brandi Baker, co-founder, Athens Parents for Racial Equality
  • Tyrone Carr, director, Alumni Diversity Initiatives/Racial Equity Coalition of Athens
  • Winsome Chunnu, director, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Sarah Garlington, assistant professor, Department of Social Work/Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ)

The Black Male Experience: Academic and Professional Worlds
In this session, a panel of African American males share challenges and strategies in navigating their professional lives. The panel also discussed anti-racist behaviors they would have valued in helping them to succeed rather than block their academic and professional trajectory.

Black Lives Matter: Mobilizing the University to Combat Racism
The initial panel explored diverse perspectives surrounding the current climate and recommendations for how both individually and collectively faculty can promote change, as well as how higher education can address issues of systemic racism.

The Black Lives Matter Munch & Learn series is open to Ohio University and the community. The recorded sessions are available to view on The Patton College’s YouTube channel.


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Katrina Norfleet

Content Strategist, AACTE