Hosted by The Black Faculty Staff Association (TBFSA) and facilitated by Dr. Ebonyse Mead
Because racism is deeply entrenched in American institutions, People of Color (POC) often struggle navigating White spaces that are seemingly unfit for us. Oftentimes, we feel isolated, excluded, and cannot be our authentic selves. The onus is not on us to fit into White spaces; rather, these spaces need to be more welcoming and inclusive to allow POC to be our authentic selves. This session will provide space for us to discuss our experiences, process our collective pain, and celebrate/affirm the beauty within us.
Dr. Ebonyse Mead is an instructor at both Georgia Southern and Winston Salem State University and President of the Educational Equity Institute. For 18 years, Ebonyse has worked in communities to improve the health and educational outcomes for children of diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. Since 2016, Ebonyse has provided training on diversity, inclusion, and equity with a particular focus on examining structural barriers to educational equity, implicit racial bias, and culturally responsive instruction to the early childhood workforce.
Dr. Mead is a Certified Family Life Educator and holds a Doctor of Education in Early Childhood and a Masters in Human Services from Concordia University Chicago. In 2015, Ebonyse completed a Masters in Family Studies from Texas Woman’s University. Dr. Mead has presented nationally on racial equity in early childhood and has published articles on implicit bias and culturally responsive family engagement in early childhood and family science publications.
As President of the Educational Equity Institute, Ebonyse is deeply committed to creating brave spaces to talk about structural racism and promote equitable and just programs in early childhood.
Sponsored by the Health and Wellbeing Initiative