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Bio + Black History – Join the conversation Feb. 25


Oregon Bio’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee invites you to join the discussion at our Black History Month: Talk with Avinnash P. Tiwari, Instructor and Acting Director, University of Oregon’s Black Studies program and then join in the book read.

Presentation: Diversity and Justice: Two Roads Diverge in a Wood (Doug Fir)

First, meet our lecturer Avinnash P. Tiwari, instructor and acting director of the University of Oregon’s Black Studies program. His presentation, “Diversity and Justice: Two Roads Diverge in a Wood (Doug Fir),” will launch at 4 p.m. Avinnash will share and lead breakout conversations about:

How our current moment is inundated with calls for Diversity and Inclusion. For many, it is the final push towards the dream of a post-racial society, or, as some refer to it, a post-racist society. And yet, Black thinkers have drawn attention to the ways in which diversity initiatives work as either a piece of a larger struggle towards true equality. Indeed, there’s nothing new about these struggles Black Americans have waged for centuries to be able to live as full and free citizens. We’ll explore how Black thinkers have used a long and deep historical lens to make sense of our current moment’s reckoning (again) with race, including a brief but salient trip back to the early modern era where race and wealth found justification in “scientific reason.”

Join Avinnash to survey the broader educational climate in Oregon, particularly challenges Black students face in higher ed, and especially those who are navigating STEM fields. We’ll also hear from Erin Skillon, a senior at South Eugene High School and a young Black student hoping to blaze her own racial justice path in her studies, activism, and eventual career within the STEM fields. What are her challenges?

After Avinnash’s presentation, we’ll break into smaller groups for the candid conversations about racial justice challenges from your perspective. What will you say?

For the second part of the virtual event on Feb. 25, attend and share your thoughts about a book from the list below (or other book or resource) by a Black author who’s impacted you in informing your view of society’s racial issues. This sharing time will allow participants to take part in important and courageous  conversations regarding racism in Oregon, health disparities and increasing minority participation in STEM study and careers. #letsreadtogether

You must register in advance for this event. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Suggested book titles:

1. Across That Bridge, John Lewis
2. Strength to Love, Martin Luther King Jr.
3. We Were Eight Years in Power, Ta-Nehisi Coates

4. The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks, Jeanne Theoharis
5. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot
6. Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019, Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain
7. How To Be Anti-Racist, Ibram X. Kendi
8. Ida B. The Queen: The Extraordinary Life and Legacy of Ida B. Wells, Michelle Duster
9. Homegoing, Yaa Gyasi
10. Beloved, Toni Morrison


February 25
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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