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"Hidden in Plain Sight: The Black Women’s Blueprint For Institutional Transformation in Higher Education," Lori Patton Davis. Part of the Dean's Diversity Lecture Series.

Champaign , USA

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Lori Patton Davis will speak about the topic of African-Americans navigating the higher education system on February 14, 2017, at the Illini Union on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus.

Speaker Information:

Dr. Lori Patton Davis, Indiana University

Given the current socio-political climate in the US and on college campuses, a number of questions have emerged regarding the role of higher education in addressing oppression and systemic inequities. Furthermore, concerns about the capacity of higher education institutions to engage in substantive change are among the most critical issues facing institutional leaders, faculty, and students. In this presentation, Dr. Patton argues that efforts to address societal inequities and those situated in higher education might be best implemented by examining Black women’s work and contributions. In other words, how higher education moves forward toward transformation should be grounded in the model and examples demonstrated by Black women. During the presentation, Dr. Patton will offer concrete examples of the strategies and efforts Black women have enacted toward change. Arguing the point that there has been no substantive societal change without the influence of Black women, Dr. Patton will also offer an explanation regarding the seeming reluctance to acknowledge Black women’s labor despite the benefits gained by numerous populations. Dr. Patton will discuss the overwhelming invisibility of Black women’s contributions, as well as the need for a more intersectional approach to institutional transformation that is grounded in the traditions, intellect, and work of Black women.




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