The Department of Ethnic and Women’s Studies in the College of Education and Integrative Studies has formed a Social Justice Advisory Board that will launch a series of lectures and workshops to help the Cal Poly Pomona community better understand the functions and impacts of institutional racism on marginalized groups.
The series will launch on Wednesday, July 29 at 5:30 p.m. on Zoom.
The first set of lectures, featuring community activist Miranda Sheffield and Associate Professor Alvaro Huerta, will address systemic oppression and resistance within Black and Latinx communities.
“The recent national uprisings against police brutality in Black communities have shed light on racial injustice more broadly,” said Assistant Professor Analena Hope Hassberg, co-organizer of the lecture series. “People across multiple locations and backgrounds are seeking to learn more about the roots and manifestations of racism, and asking how they might become better allies. We are hoping that this series will encourage individuals to join grassroots movements and push for the institutional changes that are needed to build more just and equitable futures.”
As the series continues, Hassberg said the department will also explore the perspectives of Native Americans, Asian and Pacific Islanders, and queer, trans and non-binary people with respect to their experiences navigating institutions such as education, health care, housing and more.
“This speaker series is well-designed to address the concerns of all those interested in seeking a deeper understanding of some very complex issues,” said CEIS Dean Jeff Passe. “I am delighted to see CEIS professors in the forefront of this effort.”
All members of the CPP community are invited to join via Zoom on Wednesday, July 29 and Wednesday, August 12 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. RSVP on the EWS website. Contact Professor Sandy Dixon or Assistant Professor Analena Hope Hassberg for more information.