Volume 3, Issue 4: January 28, 2021
R.I.S.E.* Up Newsletter
*Reinforcing Inclusion through Skill-building and Education
Screenshots from virtual talk on January 26 - images of Dolly Chugh and Tiffany Galvin Green
Sincere thanks to the many students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members who joined us online this past Tuesday for a terrific interview with Dolly Chugh, Ph.D.

In our wide-ranging discussion, Dr. Chugh discussed many elements of her research into social psychology, weaving both her findings as well as the work of colleagues to help us better understand such topics as: fixed vs. growth mindsets, the identity of a “good person” (vs. a “good-ish” person), the way that “ordinary privilege” can be a tool for good, and the “20/60/20 rule” for trying to make change. She answered many questions from the audience as well. It was insightful and engaging and I’m certainly the better for the experience! 

Even more inspiring is the amount of positive responses and feedback that our office continues to receive. Each reflective comment is full of appreciation not just for the lessons, but for the encouragement to learn more and to do better. As a community, we could not ask for a more coherent plan than to build inclusiveness by becoming more inclusive in our interactions; or understanding how we can begin to rectify systemic injustice by recognizing our ordinary privilege and using it to change others’ realities; or changing our campus, and our world, by focusing our efforts on the 60% where they will be most effective. 

Dr. Chugh left us with quite an impression as well as a charge for how we can continue to stay in the fight for justice and build a better tomorrow - we just have to do 10% more!

Interested in learning more about Dr. Chugh’s research and writing on “good people?” You can explore more by doing any of the following: 

  • Subscribe to Dr. Chugh’s “Dear Good People” newsletter. 
  • Read Dr. Chugh’s articles on her website, www.dollychugh.com
  • Sponsor a book read of Dr. Chugh’s book for your university department, division or group. (Need books? We have extras! Contact us at diversity@jcu.edu for more information.) 
  • Buy your own copy of the book, The Person You Mean to Be: How Good People Fight Bias from your local bookstore, or buy it online.  
  • Use specific elements from the book in your course or meeting (contact us at diversity@jcu.edu for help with excerpts, reflection exercises, or group activities).  
  • Watch the recording of the full event (current faculty, staff, and students only). Contact us at diversity@jcu.edu to request access to the video.
  • Join us for some of the educational programs in our R.I.S.E. Series this spring, such as our upcoming webinar, Preparing for Hot Moments in the Classroom and on Campus -- Part II, where we will engage some of Dr. Chugh’s techniques for transforming difficult conversations into growth opportunities. Read more below.

Lastly, don’t miss another great speaker coming next week: Dr. Adam Clark of Xavier University will be joining us next Wednesday for a virtual keynote in honor of Ignatian Heritage Week and Black History Month on the legacies of St. Ignatius, Dr. Martin Luther King, and what they can teach us amidst a time of struggle in today’s America. Don’t miss it! Read more below. 
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Sincerely,

Tiffany Galvin Green, Ph.D.,
Vice President for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Some clips from Tuesday's conversation:
... on how we can embrace our "ordinary privilege" as a tool for seeking justice.
... on how to address "sticky moments" or difficult people by making our own learning visible.
Division Announcements
 “Becoming Persons for and with Others: Dr. Martin Luther King and the Struggle for America’s Future”
February 3, 7:00 pm via Zoom
Adam Clark Ph.D.
As part of Ignatian Heritage Week and in celebration of Black History Month, keynote speaker Dr. Adam Clark, Associate Professor of Theology at Xavier University, will draw upon the insights of St. Ignatius and Dr. King to inspire our responses to some of the most important struggles we face in our nation today, especially those related to racism.

This event will take place at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, February 3 on Zoom. Contact mission@jcu.edu with any questions.
Faculty/Staff Webinar: Preparing for Hot Moments
in the Classroom and on Campus, Part II
Friday, February 12, 2021, 3:00-4:00 pm
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Did you miss last week's webinar on "Hot Moments in the Classroom and on Campus"? The discussion for the first session was so rich that many requested a follow-up discussion. Therefore, we will offer a "Part II" session on the same topic on Friday, February 12 at 3:00 pm.

A "hot moment" is a sudden eruption of tension or conflict in a group setting. Are you prepared to handle hot moments when they emerge?

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.

Like the first session, Part II is also open to all JCU employees. Click below to register.

Please email diversity@jcu.edu to request access to the recording of Part I of the webinar if you would like to watch it before attending Part II.
CSDI hangouts schedule - Jan 26 2pm - Feb 3 1 pm - Feb 11 11 am - Feb 19 5 pm - Feb 24 4 pm - March 1 1230 pm
CSDI Spring Semester hangouts
The Center for Student Diversity & Inclusion is once more sponsoring virtual weekly hangouts on Zoom.

Join the CSDI staff, students and friends on Wednesday, February 3rd at 1:00 pm for a Black History Month Spotlight on Black-Owned Business by JCU current students and Alums. Mark your calendar for future programs!
R.I.S.E. Higher: Featured Article of the Week
Learning to Listen in Polarized Times
The time students spend on our campuses may be their best and last opportunity to learn how to have conversations across racial, cultural and ideological differences.
By Ronald A. Crutcher, Inside Higher Ed, January 27, 2021

“Whiplash” perhaps best describes our current national moment.

On Jan. 6, insurrectionists -- fueled by vitriolic rhetoric, lies and hate -- violently breached the U.S. Capitol and tried to overturn the will of the people. Then on Jan. 20, we watched the peaceful transition of power on the same Capitol steps that were a site of violence and chaos just two weeks earlier.

While the news has been dizzying, higher education must recognize this moment as a clarion call to reassert our values and redouble our efforts to graduate the next generation of thoughtful, engaged citizens who can help our country live up to its promise of “e pluribus unum.”

.... (click below to read more)
Announcements from our network...
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Case Western Reserve University will host policy expert and advocate, Heather McGhee, author of the forthcoming book The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together, for their annual MLK, Jr. Convocation on Friday, February 5 at 12:45 pm.

The Sum of Us explores the true cost of racism as the common denominator of our most troubling public problems, and offers a crucial rethink on what we can do to create a more prosperous nation for all.
(n.b. -- Heather McGhee was interviewed last week by Anand Giridharadas for The Ink. Read the interview here: "Ending the Uncivil War")
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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:

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The Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) has compiled a list of MLK Day and Black History Month 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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