Volume 3, Issue 2: January 14, 2021
R.I.S.E.* Up Newsletter
*Reinforcing Inclusion through Skill-building and Education
Image of MLK with quotation - The greatest tragedy of this period... not the strident clamor of the bad people but the appalling silence of the good people.
This phrase is part of an address given by Dr. King at the Fourth Annual Institute on Nonviolence and Social Change at Bethel Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama, on December 3, 1959. In this part of the address, King is speaking about the many well-meaning white Southerners who supported the Civil Rights Movement in silence, the "millions of people of goodwill whose voices are yet unheard, whose course is yet unclear, and whose courageous acts are yet unseen."

King demands here that these "good people" step up and take action at last: "in the name of God, in the interest of human dignity, and for the cause of democracy... to gird their courage, to speak out, to offer the leadership that is needed."

In moments like the one in which we find ourselves, it is not always easy to find the leadership, courage or voice to right the wrongs of decades. The sheer speed and volume of events of social upheaval, and the "strident clamor" of those who seek to do harm, can be overwhelming. There can be little doubt that we are currently living through a "period of social transition" quite as intense as that of Dr. King's experience in 1959. But his call to the silent, unseen "good people" of his own moment is a demand both specific and practical. His charge here is one we can -- and must -- all take up. In moments of great change and turmoil, it is impossible to avoid making a choice to act in some way. As historian Howard Zinn famously put it: "You can't be neutral on a moving train."

On Tuesday, January 26, we will welcome to JCU for a virtual "fireside chat" the internationally recognized social psychologist Dolly Chugh, whose research on the psychology of "good people" can help us all identify what we must do in order to rise to Dr. King's challenge. Dr. Chugh's research shows why and how bias influences people's thinking, and -- more importantly -- provides practical tools for overcoming those biases and learning to take action for equity and inclusion. Her work helps "good people" learn how to respond practically to the urgent demands of justice, to develop in small ways the courage, the voice, and the leadership Dr. King demanded. I hope that all members of the JCU community will join us for this important and timely conversation.

In a message this week, Graduate School Dean Rebecca Drenovsky writes that this moment calls us to "reflect and reflect deeply, with intellectual rigor, emotional engagement, and ethical reflection." This deep reflection is one of the particular responsibilities of the university, and this -- along with the action it generates -- is our most important work. In this moment of great transition, am grateful to share that work with you.
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Tiffany Galvin Green, Ph.D.,
Vice President for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
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This weekend, we encourage all members of the JCU community to commit to taking at least ONE action to honor Dr. King's legacy.

The Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion has compiled a carefully curated list of events, programs and learning opportunities being presented in the Cleveland community (and virtually, as well, around the country) in honor of Martin Luther King Day this weekend.

We encourage all members of our community to treat Monday as a "day on," rather than a "day off:" a day for learning, growth, service, and solidarity, a day where we resolve again to become the people (and society) we mean to be.
See "Announcements from our Network" below for more opportunities and events.
Photo of Dolly Chugh with logos of DEI and CSDI
"Resolving to Become the People We Mean to Be"
A Conversation with Dolly Chugh, Ph.D.
January 26, 2021, 7:00-8:30 pm
The Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and the Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion welcome Dolly Chugh, Ph.D., for a virtual "fireside chat" in conversation with Dr. Tiffany Galvin Green, Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Dolly Chugh is an internationally recognized social psychologist and TED speaker and is the author of the book The Person You Mean to Be: How Good People Fight Bias. She is an Associate Professor in the Management and Organizations Department at New York University Stern School of Business. She has been named one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics by Ethisphere magazine.

This program is free and open to the public. Advance registration required.
Faculty: Contact the DEI Division at diversity@jcu.edu if we can help you build a class assignment, suggest excerpts from Dr. Chugh's book, or design an extra-credit assignment for your students who attend this event.
Division Announcements
CSDI Virtual Welcome Back Celebration
Tuesday, January 19, 2021, 5:30 pm
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Join CSDI's spring semester kick-off event and start the school year among friends, new and old! We will share news about amazing events for this semester and play Jackbox Games.

Free JCU swag and other prizes will be available.
Webinar: Preparing for "Hot Moments"
in the Classroom and on Campus
Friday, January 22, 2021, 3:00 pm
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A "hot moment" is a sudden eruption of tension or conflict in a group setting. Hot moments can emerge in the classroom, athletics practice, meetings, or any other group setting.

Are you prepared to handle a hot moment if it were to emerge in a setting where you are facilitating? What might you need to consider about managing these moments with diverse groups or in virtual settings (or partly virtual, as in the HyFlex classroom)? Can you anticipate when "hot moments" are likely to show up (such as around particular course content, discussion topics, or current events) and plan for them in advance? Are you prepared to be flexible in your planning if a major event or crisis causes a hot moment to intrude? How can you use a hot moment as an opportunity to advance learning, empathy, dialogue and community?

In this webinar, Dr. Tiffany Galvin Green, Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Megan Wilson-Reitz, Administrative Coordinator for Diversity and Equity, will lead a discussion on best practices for engaging "hot moments" and converting them into opportunities for learning, growth and dialogue.

Open to all JCU full-time and part-time employees. Please contact diversity@jcu.edu with any questions or accommodations needs.
Three Important Announcements for Classroom Instructors:
Examination accommodations for students with disabilities

Due to new space and staffing limitations, Student Accessibility Services will no longer be offering exam proctoring services. Instructors should make arrangements to provide accommodations and the appropriate testing environment as specified in the student’s Letter of Accommodation.

If an exam is being administered online, a student’s accommodations can typically be met using Canvas settings. If you need assistance or have questions about how to set up extra time on a Canvas exam, please see this link or contact Jay Tarby. Please refer to the student's letter of accommodation for specific exam accommodations provided for the student.

If a student requires assistive technology and/or specialized equipment for testing accommodations, if you have questions regarding a specific student's testing accommodations, or if you have questions about accommodations in general, please contact sas@jcu.edu for guidance.
Updated Syllabus Statement

Our university Syllabus Statement on Accessibility, Inclusion, Harassment and Bias has been updated. It can be found at this link.

Please remember that instructors are required to include this statement in all course syllabi. For courses posted to the Canvas learning management system, the updated statement is automatically incorporated into the "Learner Support" tab for all student users. Any questions about the syllabus statement can be directed to the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at diversity@jcu.edu.

Listening Session for International Faculty

On Wednesday, January 27 at 3:00 pm, Tiffany Galvin Green, VP for DEI, and Steven Herbert, Provost and Academic Vice President, will host the second of two listening sessions for international faculty to share their needs and relevant concerns in this current moment. These sessions are open to any member of the faculty. Click here to register.
Register now for LGBT 101 for Allies
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We are pleased to welcome our partners from the LGBT Center of Greater Cleveland back to campus for a RISE Safe Zone workshop "LGBT 101 for Allies." (This is a repeat offering of the workshop that was offered on Nov. 16.) Please join us for this engaging and informative workshop.

Date: Thursday, January 28
Time: 4:00-5:00 pm
Where: Virtual via Zoom
Open to: JCU students, faculty and staff
R.I.S.E. Higher: Featured Article of the Week
Higher Education and Michael Sandel’s
‘The Tyranny of Merit’
Higher ed is rightly focused on the problem of identity privilege. But what about the massive privilege conferred by a college degree -- and the ways in which that privilege is straining our democracy?
By Eboo Patel, Inside Higher Ed, January 7, 2021

... In a warrior society, merit would be determined by prowess with a gun or a sword. In our knowledge-based economy, graduating from college is the single most powerful symbol of making it.

... [But Sandel says] that college degrees have been “weaponized.” It is an interesting choice of word. In progressive circles, the word “weaponized” is often used to refer to dominant identities like male, white, heterosexual and Christian. The idea is that these “dominant” identities are often forced into the world in a manner that oppresses their converse: women, people of color, gay folks and religious minorities.

Sandel is offering an alternative view, or at least an additional one. He does not contest that America has structural racism, sexism, homophobia and the like. He simply points out that we also have a socioeconomic hierarchy where people who go to college not only wind up on top, but they also get to feel virtuous about their achievement.... If you consider American society as a whole, only one-third of adults have graduated from college. The lucky ones who have that college degree live so much better than other Americans, on virtually every relevant quality of life metric, that Putnam calls them what they are relative to the whole: rich.

.... (click below to read more)
Announcements from our network...
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New York Times bestselling and National Book Award-winning author Ibram X. Kendi will speak at Loyola University Maryland's annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Convocation on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, at 7 p.m.
promo image for National Day of Racial Healing - January 19 2021
To mark the fifth annual National Day of Racial Healing (NDORH) on January 19, the American Association of Colleges and Universities calls on institutions of higher education across the country to engage in activities, events, or strategies that promote healing and foster engagement around the issues of racism, bias, inequity, and injustice in our society.  
image of multiple promotional images for MLK Day events at AJCU schools
The Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) has compiled a list of MLK Day events at Jesuit institutions across the country, including prayer services, panels, and lectures by scholars and activists. Most are virtual events and open to the public.
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Our friends at the Ignatian Solidarity Network have compiled a number of resources to help those responsible for leading dialogue on controversial or difficult topics. Here are a few relevant resources they have shared:

Icon of Sr Thea Bowman painted by Chloe Becker
FutureChurch will host a Martin Luther King Day Virtual Prayer Service in their "Women Witnesses for Racial Justice" series, on Sunday, January 17 at 7:00 pm featuring
the life and legacy of Sister Thea Bowman (pictured here in an icon painted by local artist Chloe Becker). The service will be led by dr. timone a. davis.