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Guided Book Discussion – “Subtle Acts of Exclusion,” by Dr. Tiffany Jana and Dr. Michael Baran
November 17, 2023 at 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
SC4’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will host a guided book discussion highlighting “Subtle Acts of Exclusion,” by Dr. Tiffany Jana and Dr. Michael Baran, on Friday, Nov. 17, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in SC4’s Fine Arts Theatre.
Dr. Leah Howell, director of Learning Design at Everspring, Inc., and Dr. Portia Watkins, Michigan State University director of Transitions and Transfer Student Success and a trainer of the Kingian Nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation program, will serve as facilitators for the event.
Book are available in the DEI office during normal business hours in SC4’s Welcome Center, Suite 250.
To register for this free event, visit sc4.edu/office-of-diversity-equity-inclusion/news-and-events/event-registration/ or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Leah Howell currently serves as Director of Learning Design at Everspring, Inc., after nearly two decades of campus-based experience in post-secondary education. She completed her Ph.D. in Educational Studies, with a focus in Developmental and Learning Sciences, at the University of Cincinnati where her research focused on the intersection of identity development and high-risk alcohol use. Dr. Howell has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in Psychology, Education, and Human Development. Her curriculum development and facilitation experience are diverse, covering topics including leadership development, equity and access, cultural competence, harm reduction, and sexual violence prevention. She is an Executive Function Coach, actively working with individuals and teams to enhance their skills to increase efficiency, effectiveness, and personal satisfaction. As a proud first-generation college student, she has an affinity for opportunities that allow her to impact the expansion of inclusion and access practices for post-secondary communities. She currently serves on the Executive Board of Transplant Life Illinois and is an Ambassador with the United Network for Organ Sharing.
Dr. Portia Watkins is an equity- and inclusion-minded higher education professional with over nine years of experience. She is a Level 1 trainer of the Kingian Nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation program, which is based on the life and readings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Her research interests include Black Women Professors and Staff in higher education, Othermothering, Black Feminist thought, Critical Race theory, group dynamics, access in higher education, social justice, supervision and assessment. She has extensive personal experience as an adoptive and foster parent, and currently serves as an appointed member of the Citizen Review Panel for the Governor’s Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect in Michigan. Dr. Watkins is currently serving as the Director of Transitions and Transfer Student Success at Michigan State University.