Volume 3, Issue 13: April 8, 2021
R.I.S.E.* Up Newsletter
*Reinforcing Inclusion through Skill-building and Education
Photo of Mona Eltahawy with quotation - Words are flags planted on the planets of our beings. They say this is mine. I have fought for it. And despite your attempts to silence me I am still here.
Last week, our newsletter mentioned that April is celebrated as Arab American Heritage month. It’s important to realize that this designation was recently recognized by the State Department of the United States, as only a few states have recognized this designation in the past, including Arkansas, Hawaii, Michigan, New York, North Carolina and Virginia.The United States is home to more than 3.5 million Arab Americans representing a diverse array of cultures and traditions. The Arab World includes 22 countries stretching from North Africa in the west to the Arabian Gulf in the east. Arabs are ethnically, religiously and politically diverse but descend from a common linguistic and cultural heritage.

The recognition of Arab American Heritage month emphasizes how much Americans of Arab heritage are very much a part of the fabric of this nation. For example, did you know that the heart pump was invented by Dr. Michael DeBakey who is now the chancellor of Baylor University’s College of Medicine? Or that two Arab-Americans have won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry (Dr. Ahmed H. Zewail in 1999 and Dr. Elias Corey in 1990)? There are also a host of famous Arab-American entertainers with whom you may already be familiar, including Paula Abdul, Shakira, Tony Shalhoub, Shannon Elizabeth, Salma Hayek, and Vince Vaughn. 

Our feature image this week is of Egyptian-American journalist and author Mona Eltahawy, an award-winning columnist and international public speaker on Arab and Muslim issues and global feminism. She has been described as "The Woman Explaining Egypt to the West.” You can learn more about her and read some of her recent columns on her website, MonaEltahawy.com. 

Northeast Ohio has also been home to generations of Arab Americans who are deeply woven into the fabric of this community. You can learn more about this part of Cleveland’s history in the book Arab Americans and their Communities in Cleveland, (see especially chapter 12, The Arab-Americans in Cleveland, Ohio), published in 2013 by the Cleveland Ethnic Heritage Studies program and reproduced online by the Cleveland Memory Project. 

There is a Arab American National Museum located in nearby Dearborn, Michigan, which is the first and only museum in the United States devoted to documenting and sharing the Arab American contributions that shaped the economic, political and cultural landscape of American life. The Museum brings to light the shared experiences of immigrants and ethnic groups, paying tribute to the diversity of our nation. This museum also hosts the annual Arab American Book Awards: one great way to honor Arab American heritage month is by adding a few of their award-winning titles to your reading list! 

I encourage you to take time to explore more about the varied ethnicities encompassed within the Arab American community. An important aspect of diversity, equity and inclusion work, as well as our Jesuit Catholic identity is to learn and appreciate the distinct elements of what bring us together as humans. Heritage months are important vehicles for encouraging us to act intentionally and thoughtfully in learning about the rich cultural makeup of our nation. 
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Tiffany Galvin Green, Ph.D.,
Vice President for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

p.s. You may remember that we featured the work of our own Dr. Philip Metres last week. We are pleased to announce that Dr. Metres has been named this week as the recipient of the 2021 Distinguished Faculty Award. This award is the highest honor that John Carroll University can bestow on a member of its faculty and is given annually to a faculty member who has made a significant and balanced contribution to teaching, scholarship, and service. It is customarily presented at the Commencement ceremony. Please join me in offering my warmest congratulations to Dr. Metres for this well-deserved honor! 
Division Announcements
Holocaust Remembrance Day

Today, April 8, is commemorated by many in the Jewish community as Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day.

As antisemitism continues to harm our communities, we remember the horrors of the Holocaust, we decry ongoing policies of genocide being enacted even today around the world, and we join in solidarity with all people of good will around the globe in declaring
"Never Again."
April Community Book Read: Being Heumann
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We are pleased to announce the April selection for the DEI community book group read: Judy Heumann's new memoir, Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist.

Each participant will receive a copy of the ebook after registration. 

Book group meetings meet via Zoom on Fridays at 12:00 noon on the following dates: April 16, April 23, and April 30. (Please do not register if you are unable to attend at least two of the three scheduled meetings.)

This is a casual lunch-hour meeting; participants are encouraged to bring their lunch and eat during the meeting. 

Open to all students, faculty and staff. Spaces are limited, so register today! 
Student Accessibility Services and Career Services present
SAS Career Virtual 2-Day Event
April 12 and 14, 6:30 pm
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April 12, 2021 6:30pm: Q & A Panel: Join us as our special guest panelists answer any questions you may have related to your career goals! Still debating which career to pick? That’s okay, feel free to ask any career-related questions you have. The questions can be submitted to SAS Graduate Assistant Elise Williams (erwilliams21@jcu.edu), to keep your questions anonymous if you would prefer.

April 14, 2021 6:30pm: Presentations: Join us as our Presenters go over important information, such as Job Searching, Resume Building, Cover Letters, Interview Prep, and useful Resources.
Please share your feedback about the Bias Response System!
We are gathering feedback this week from students, faculty and staff about the effectiveness of the University Bias Response system. Please share your thoughts with us and help us to improve our systems and processes! Please take a moment today to complete our brief survey.
You can learn more about the Bias Response System at http://www.jcu.edu/bias
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The Quest for Environmental and Climate Justice:
An Earth Day Talk by Dr. Robert Bullard
Monday, April 19, 2021, 4:00-5:30 pm EST
Live via Zoom with registration
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Dr. Robert Bullard- the Father of Environmental Justice- speaks with John Carroll University about how climate change is the defining global environmental justice, human rights and public health issue of the twenty-first century. 

The most vulnerable populations in the United States and around the world will suffer the earliest and most damaging setbacks because of where they live, their limited income and economic means, and their lack of access to health care. 

Professor Bullard’s presentation will focus primarily on the U.S. and the need for empowering vulnerable populations, identifying environmental justice and climate change “hot-spot” zones and designing fair, just and effective adaptation, mitigation, emergency management and community resilience and disaster recovery strategies. He will offer a framework for dismantling systemic racism and policies and practices that create, exacerbate and perpetuate inequality and vulnerability. 

Contact Salomon Rodezno at srodezno@jcu.edu with questions or accommodation requests.

New Anti-Racism Resources for AAPI Solidarity & Support
available on our website
image from Cleveland march in support of the AAPI community. A marcher holds a megaphone in the air while others hold signs behind them
In the face of the recent spike in violence and hate crimes experienced by Asian, Asian-American, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities in the United States, the DEI division has added a new section, "Resources in Solidarity with AAPI Communities" to the Racial Equity Resources page of our website. This section includes articles, books, films, podcasts, and websites that you can use to help educate yourself, your colleagues and your students about the immediate (and historical) context of recent events, and discover action steps you can take to stop the rising tide of violence. (Photo: Stop Asian Hate March in Cleveland's AsiaTown, March 28, 2021. Photo credit: Ken Clunk. Published on social media by MidTown Cleveland)
Other happenings at JCU...
JCU Americorps cohort Social Justice webinar series for students
April 8, 13 and 29, 7:00 pm - via Zoom
Over the past year, students in the JCU AmeriCorps cohort have identified education as a social determinant of health in their community; the information students consume is not coming from peer-reviewed academic journals. In response, students have organized a Social Justice in Action webinar series for the month of April with local speakers on topics of homelessness and housing, sustainability, and racial justice. Click on the flyer for more information and Zoom links for each event.
Student program: Corruption and Social Justice in Honduras
April 13, 6:30 pm - via Zoom
Honduras has used their electoral power to create an extractive system for the benefit of an elite few while forgetting about autonomous indigenous communities in Honduras. This webinar will show how these indigenous communities have been impacted by the actions from the Honduran government, The Narcos, and the U.S government making these indigenous communities worse off economically, socially, security wise, and see how they became the “forgotten” society in Honduras.

This event will feature guest speakers Kendra McSweeney, Ph.D., professor of Geography at Ohio State University, and Edgardo Benitez, president of IFCA (Instituto para el Futuro Común Amerindio.) The panel will be facilitated by JCU Arrupe scholar Sebastian Coronado '21, who will also provide English translation for Mr. Benitez’s presentation.

This program is free and open to the public.
Boler Students of Color Organization Meeting
April 14, 5:00 pm - via Zoom
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The Boler Students of Color Organization will meet next week to give space for students to talk about their experiences on campus and in the wider community and to plan a social event for later this spring.

Meeting ID: 991 3087 6195
Passcode: 851295

This organization is for all self-identified students of color (graduate and undergraduate) in (or considering) the Boler College of Business.
Latin American Student Association meet-and-greet
April 9, 12:30 - 2:30 pm, Keller Commons
Tomorrow, Friday, April 9 from 12:30-2:30 pm, the LASA executive board will be in Keller Commons (outside of the student center) between 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. to meet and talk with anyone interested in learning more about the organization. Stop by and say hello!
R.I.S.E. Higher: Featured Article of the Week
Addressing Anti-Asian Racism in the University
Official statements condemning it ring hollow if they don’t, in fact, stop the anti-Asian racism that already exists within many of these institutions.
By Hae Yeon Choo and Robert Diaz, Inside Higher Ed, April 2, 2021
In light of the recent shootings in Atlanta that targeted Asian women, and the rise of xenophobic racism against Asian Americans and Asian Canadians during COVID, universities have released statements condemning anti-Asian racism. As immigrants who grew up in South Korea and the Philippines, the Atlanta shootings remind us of how Asian marginalization within and beyond North America shares intersecting histories.

Those histories include depictions of Asian Americans and Asian Canadians as “perpetual foreigners” or “model minorities” in order to conveniently gloss over complex practices of belonging and our diversity as a group. They also include the effects of colonialism and militarism on our respective countries...
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The "Watching our Words" feature discusses words or phrases in common use in American English with derogatory or offensive origins or meanings. Do you have a word or phrase you'd like us to feature in "Watching our Words"? Drop it into our Suggestion Box and we will explore it in a future newsletter!
Announcements from our network...
2021 Migration Justice Summit for Student Organizers
Sponsored by the Ignatian Solidarity Network
June 15-18 | 12:00-5:00 pm daily | Online
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This interactive summit will invite participants to connect with fellow students, hear from people impacted by the issues and experts in the field, develop organizing skills, and plan for action during the school year. Each day will include reflection, interactive sessions, policy education, and skill building for organizing. Each university may send up to 10 students.

Registration Deadline: Friday, May 21
The Jesuits West Collaborative Organizing for Racial Equity
Wrestling with Whiteness:
a 5-Week Training
Thursdays at 6:30 pm EST - starting TODAY, April 8th
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This training will create a shared understanding of whiteness, reflect on how it lives in us and shapes our lives, and utilize the gifts of Ignatian spirituality to prayerfully consider how we free ourselves to think and act outside of the dictates of white dominant culture. Participants will learn to articulate their own story of whiteness and analyze how their work is impacted by implicit bias and white supremacy, with a particular focus on how our faith institutions perpetuate these dynamics. Finally, participants will get equipped with tactics to train, organize and move other white people in the work of dismantling white supremacy.  

There will be about an hour of assigned prep-work for each session, a combination of readings, videos, prayer and reflection questions.  
The Shepherd Consortium Presents:
Practicing Equity at the Intersection of Race and Poverty:
A Conversation with Dr. Patricia Hill Collins
Tonight: Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 6:30 pm
Patricia Hill Collins
This event will engage reflections and insights from Dr. Patricia Hill Collins on the program theme, through her work with co-author Sirma Bilge on their book Intersectionality, 2nd edition. Community members will submit their questions ahead of the conversation, which will be moderated by Dr. Louwanda Evans, Associate Professor and Chair of the Sociology and Anthropology Department at Millsaps College.
Restore Cleveland Hope Virtual Freedom Festival
Tonight: Thursday, April 8 at 7:00 pm
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You are invited to join Restore Cleveland Hope for a virtual celebration of the opening of the new Underground Railroad Interpretive Center at the Cozad-Bates House in University Circle.
Cleveland Public Library's Writers & Readers Series presents
Eddie S. Glaude, Jr. in conversation with Caroline Randall Williams
on the topic of Civic Education and Engagement
Saturday, April 17, 2021 | 12:00 pm | live via Zoom
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Cleveland Public Library's author series, "Writers & Readers," presents TIME Magazine columnist and MSNBC contributor Eddie Glaude, Jr. who wrote Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and its Urgent Lessons for Our Own and Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul, in conversation with award-winning poet, young adult novelist, and cookbook author Caroline Randall Williams. Her work includes The Diary of B.B. Bright, Possible Princess, and Soul Food Love.  

Continue the conversation at a workshop on Wednesday, April 21 at 4:30 p.m. with Marianne Crosley and Rachel Ciomcia of the Cleveland Leadership Center. They will offer tools to help us engage in meaningful change and build an appreciation for civic education as a foundation for life.

Both events are free and open to the public. Registration is required.
Quick takes on the News: DEI in the headlines
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A group of students and alumni of evangelical colleges filed suit last week against the U.S. Department of Education, asking that the religious exemption to a federal law prohibiting sex-based discrimination at educational institutions be declared unconstitutional in how it is applied to LGBTQ students. The students say the Education Department has failed to protect them from policies that discriminate against sexual and gender minority students at their colleges. 
The University of Wisconsin-Madison has disabled a feature on its digital proctoring software after receiving reports that the technology failed to recognize several students’ darker skin tones during online exams, university officials said. This comes on the heels of a letter from a group of U.S. senators sent last year to three of the largest online testing companies, demanding answers about how their technology may discriminate against students of color, as well as those wearing religious clothing, like headscarves, or individuals with disabilities, such as those with facial tic disorders or autism who move in ways the platforms may detect as suspicious.
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A new study from the University of Kansas has found that residence halls on some predominantly white campuses are racially coded. Consistent stereotypes and perceptions emerged in this research, in which the newest, most expensive dorms on each campus were known as “the white dorm” and were generally occupied by middle- and upper-class white students, and that older, neglected buildings were known to house poorer students and students of color. Student interviewees in the study referred to these dorms by such names as “the trenches," "the hood," and "the ghetto."
Other articles we're reading this week ...