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Days of Reflection: Education for Racial Equity and Justice

Virtual Days of Reflection

An email was sent to the campus community with information about the Virtual Days of Reflection. Please check your email for Zoom information, including the Zoom link, meeting ID and password. The details of each session can be found below.

Tuesday, April 21 at 5 p.m.

Saul Flores - THE WALK OF THE IMMIGRANTS (P, 1/2)

In the summer of 2010, Saul Flores–then a 20-year-old junior, undertook a 10-country, 5,000-mile Walk from Quito, Ecuador, to Charlotte, NC to alleviate the tension on immigrant communities in the United States. Flores’s parents, and many other Latino families, were suffocated by the heavy social pressures that resulted from the different immigration policies implemented over the years. As a way to act, Flores started a trek that would change the rest of his life. Flores walked, hitchhiked, and rowed canoes across Ecuador, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Belize, Guatemala and Mexico. It was a Walk that lasted a total of 5,328 miles over the course of three months. Throughout the journey, Flores captured the cultural values, the struggles and the most prominent socioeconomic issues of these countries through photographs. The project quickly became the story of Latin America, and of the people of Latin America and successfully created a window to connect cultures around the world. The Walk of the Immigrants transformed into an image narrative that strived to teach people empathy. Flores had more than 40,000 followers online from over 140 countries following his journey. When he finally made it back home he was broadcast in more than 135 cities across the United States. Flores was featured on Univision, the Independent, spoke for TEDx, and appeared on The Story with Dick Gordan via National Public Radio. Now, Flores travels the country visiting universities and colleges to inspire students to think big, to inspire and to create impact that connects communities.

Wednesday, April 22 at 5 p.m.

Katie Agar, Tewentenhawihtha Aldrich & Matt LaVine - ADDRESSING BIAS INCIDENTS ON OUR CAMPUS (W, 1)

This workshop was designed to raise awareness of issues related to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion on our campus. It will help us understand our roles in fostering a welcoming and inclusive campus community. The workshop will help participants to understand and develop the necessary skills in addressing bias. Throughout the session, participants will learn about various bias incident categories, the impact of bias, and appropriate language and terminology. Participants will be provided with a number of techniques which they can use to interrupt bias-related incidents when they encounter them.