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Dia de las Muertas – Film Screening

Learn More about the Murders in Juarez. on Thursday, November 1st @ 4:00-6:00pm in USU-University Theatre

Former HDEV Events 2008-2009

Whiteness and Privilege Symposium
Understanding How Well Intentioned White People and Social Systems Maintain Inequality

LGBT Diversity Week
April 14, 2009
11a.m.-3:00 p.m.
USU Ballroom

Peace Studies and the Department of Human Development, in conjunction with Women’s Studies, Sociology, Anthropology, Geography, Africana Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, History, Chicano & Latino Studies, Linguistics, and Associated Students, Inc., hosted a four hour symposium on Whiteness and Privilege, as part of the CSULB LGBT Resource Center’s Annual Diversity Week. The event had two parts. Prominent scholars who focus their work on issues of racial and ethnic inequality and privilege presented as a panel, followed by general discussion. There were then three concurrent small-group sessions where participants explored individual and collective experiences with racism and privilege. Two sessions were open to students and one to faculty and staff. Each was facilitated by faculty from co-sponsoring departments.

Whiteness Studies, or as David Roediger aptly puts it, Critical Studies of Whiteness, has gained considerable attention in academia during the past fifteen years. This symposium on Whiteness and Privilege sought to engage in identifying the history and contemporary social context of white identity as an unmarked racial status, and the ways in which whiteness as a category, identity and ideology is (re)created to facilitate existing power relations. Its goal was to open discussion regarding the politics of race in contemporary American society, and explore the notion that whites “profit” socially, psychologically, and economically from being categorized as white, thereby maintaining and perpetuating racial inequality.

Featured speakers

David Roediger, Professor, Department of History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Signithia Fordham, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Rochester
Karen Brodkin, Professor Emeritus, UCLA Department of Anthropology
Lynn Weber Canon, Professor, Department of Psychology and Women’s and Gender
Studies Program, University of South Carolina, Columbia
Robert Amico, Professor, Department of Philosophy, St. Bonaventure University

March 24 Molly Barker, Founder & Vision Keeper of Girls on the Run

On March 24, 2009 Dr. Lauren Rauscher hosted Molly Barker, Founder & Vision Keeper of Girls on the Run. GOTR is a non-profit positive youth development program that uses the power of running as a tool for cultural and social transformations for girls and women.Ms. Barker spoke to CSULB students, faculty, and community members about “Strong Bodies, Confident Voices: Creating Social Change for Girls and Women through Physical Activity.” She shared the origins of GOTR and discussed its transition from a program to a collective movement, a transition influenced by Molly’s newly appointed Ashoka Fellowship (an international network of social entrepreneurs).

Dr. Lauren Rauscher & Molly Barker Dr. Lauren Rauscher & Molly Barker

March 16 Dr. Marjorie Orellana, Associate Professor, UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies

On Monday, March 16, Dr. Orellana gave a talk entitled “Learning, Development and the Practice of Immigrant Child Language Brokering” as part of the HDEV Career Series Colloquium. Dr. Orellana is the author of Translating Chilhoods: Immigrant Youth, Language and Cultures. Like the book, her work more generally focuses on the daily life experiences of the children of immigrants in urban schools, and how they act as interpreters and translators for their families. She is currently the Director of Faculty for the Teacher Education Program at UCLA, and co-director of the Migration Studies seminar series.

Dr. Marjorie Orellana Dr. Marjorie Orellana