Inclusivity, Bias and Anti-Racism Day
Schools and colleges across the country committed to creating an inclusive community that is actively working to address bias, racism and discrimination are hosting our Inclusivity Team.
- Engage students, parents, and educators in positive, productive dialogue about inclusivity, bias, racism, and other forms of discrimination.
- Build personal and community commitment to ending racism and other forms of discrimination.
- Understand microaggressions, unintentional bias, and historic contexts of racism and other forms of discrimination.
- Create space for and commitment to open, honest communication and active listening by all members of the community in recognizing the value of every voice.
Large Group Session
|9:30-10:00 am||Small Group Discussion and Reflection Exercise|
|10:00-10:10 am||Break and Snack
|10:10-11:00 am||Group divides into smaller groups to participate in each of the 2 Sessions below|
|11:00-11:10 am||Switch Sessions|
|12:45-2:00 pm||Part 3:
Small Group Discussion, Case Studies, Reflections
Groups will use COS discussion guides with school facilitators in groups of about 8-10 students.
Facilitated large group discussion.
Meet Members of the COS the Presenter Team
Dr. Sandra Miles
Dr. Sandra Miles is the Vice President of Student Affairs and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for Flagler College. Within her current role she oversees the Division of Student Affairs which includes the Office of Student Involvement, Swinney Recreation Center, Dining Services, the Student Union, Atterbury Student Success Center, Campus Bookstore, Counseling, Health, Testing, Disability Services, Multicultural Student Affairs, Veterans Support Services, Women’s Center, Student Conduct and Civility, and Residential Life. As the Chief Student Affairs Officer, Dr. Miles serves on the Provost’s Senior Leadership Team, Academic Council, and Administrative Council. In addition to these responsibilities, Dr. Miles is heavily involved in strategy development to establish a robust student success model for Flagler.
Further, her research interests include issues of women and minorities in higher education and the 21st century White male experience. Dr. Miles presents regularly at national and regional conferences and at hundreds of schools throughout the country on inclusivity, diversity, gender and sexual harassment.
Dr. Miles completed her doctoral work at Florida State University in 2012, earning a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration with a minor in Public Administration and an emphasis on Women’s Studies. She completed her bachelor’s degree in political science (Honors in the Major) at the University of Central Florida where she also earned a Masters degree in Student Personnel Administration.
In addition to her career achievements, Dr. Sandra Miles serves on NASPA Center for Women Advisory Board, is the Immediate Past National Director of the Black Female Development Circle, Inc. and is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Drew has been voted by both peers and students as a top presenter at statewide and regional conferences, and consistently receives positive feedback from workshop and presentation attendees. Drew is routinely ranked high in energy, enthusiasm, and motivation, and delivers strong, captivating, educational information in each presentation. She is always willing to go the extra mile to keep the energy high and audience captivated.
Drew graduated from St. Norbert College with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Broadfield Social Studies, and was certified as a teacher in grades 6-12. She earned her Master of Arts in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Education from Stony Brook University.
What’s been said about Courtney Drew?
- Engaging, quick-witted speaker, and strong advocate for inclusivity and diversity
- Seasoned professional with direct experience educating students, middle school through higher education, as well as faculty, staff, and parents in diversity and leadership.
Highlights and Accomplishments:
- Awarded “Outstanding Student Organization Advisor of the Year” for her work with Colleges Against Cancer at Carthage College.
- Empowers others to reflect on their leadership styles in terms of their advocacy & allyhood to diverse communities and inspires them to step up and take action.
- Distinct capacity to create lasting, meaningful connections with wide audiences including students, faculty, staff, and parents.
Dr. Anima Adjepong is a queer African scholar who researches and writes about identity and culture. Dr. Adjepong believes that popular culture, such as sports, music, novels, and films, is an important site for understanding society and social change. Their multidisciplinary training informs their research and writing. They received their PhD in Sociology from The University of Texas at Austin, with concentrations in Black Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies, and their A.B. in Comparative Literature from Princeton University.
Through their scholarship, teaching, and community engagement, Dr. Adjepong shares knowledge that drives self-reflection and encourages action for positive social change. Dr. Adjepong’s research in various communities explores how people go about creating worlds that challenge systems of inequality and affirm realities marginalized by capitalism, heteropatriarchy, and racism. They are currently working on a book project about class, culture, and African identities. As part of their commitment to making their scholarship accessible, Dr. Adjepong also participates in community workshops, gives public talks, and publishes on internet blogs.
The November 2015 issue of Ebony magazine identified Gordon Braxton as a “super man” because he is a committed activist focused on fighting intimate violence. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He was introduced to the field of sexual violence prevention as a peer educator in an all-male anti-violence group at the University of Virginia, where he graduated with the Algernon Sidney Sullivan Award, the University’s highest award for humanitarian service. He also won the Black Fraternal Council’s Man of the Year Award, among other distinctions.
Upon Gordon’s graduation, Katie Koestner, who helped coin the term “date rape” with her 1991 appearance on the cover of TIME, invited him to join her as a presenter on the topic of sexual violence prevention. He has gone on to present to over 1000 secondary schools, colleges, universities, community organizations, and military institutions throughout the country. From 2005 to 2009, Gordon was the Prevention Specialist at Harvard University’s Office of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response and helped implement the school’s violence prevention policies. He remains an ally to the violence prevention community as a blogger on manhood and rape culture, as a part-time public speaker, and as an occasional contributor to radio and television engagements. He currently works as a Contract Specialist with the US Government when he is not speaking, writing, and otherwise mobilizing men to end sexual violence.
Travis Marshall grew up in an ethnically diverse New Jersey suburb, raised by his hard-working mother who is a domestic violence survivor. From a young age, Travis learned to carve his own way through life without allowing his circumstances or the judgement of others to influence his path. He completed a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineer at the University of Massachusetts as a first-generation college student, going on to work professionally in the aerospace industry. He soon realized his greatest gifts were as a teacher in the universal language of mathematics as a mentor and advisor to students learning to realize their own academic potentials.
Currently, Travis works as an instructor, advisor, and administrator at a small private Pennsylvania college. The college’s mission of lifelong learning, reverence for the dignity of each person, and persistence in promoting justice with compassion is in concert with his work to help students harness their personal strengths, skills, civility, tolerance, and leadership. Travis also mentors young men in finding their own path to make reasoned, moral decisions.
Travis joined Campus Outreach not only because of the indelible imprint his mother’s victimization has had on his own life, but because he believes men, especially men of color, can do more to create a culture of respect and safety around relationships. His presentation style is a unique blend of his “laid back” mathematic mind joined with his quick-witted sense of humor. He is described by his audiences as relatable, open and pragmatic. He helps students build their confidence around relationship issues and empowers them to become active bystanders in their community.
When not working Travis enjoys working as a director of several local youth athletic programs, hosting podcasts, and spending time with his wife and son.
Tierra Barber has worked professionally in athletics at the local and national level for over a decade. Most recently, within Baylor University Athletics, Tierra served as a Study Hall and Tutor Coordinator, Academic Advisor, and as the Assistant Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Development. A natural leader, Ms. Barber has been the Chair of the Student-Athlete Development Committee, a recipient of the Professional Promise Award, and served on the board for N4A (National Association of Academic Athletic Advisors).
Ms. Barber has been active on the NCAA Membership and Student-Athlete Development Committees and these national positions have enabled her to reach hundreds of student-athletes across the United States. Tierra has served as a facilitator for the NCAA Career in Sports Forum and Leadership Forum, and with NFL Prep 1oo.
In 2011, Ms. Barber attended the NCAA Leadership Institute. She then became the Director of the Baylor Leadership Academy helping over 75 student-athletes identify and excel in their leadership annually. She has taught a freshman course that helps student-athletes transition into collegiate athletics, the university, and the community. Currently, Ms. Barber trains and presents nationally on sexual misconduct, hazing, diversity, harassment, cyber-civility and appropriate use of social media.
On a personal level, Ms. Barber enjoys caring for the health of herself and others through her weekly yoga classes and her own health food store, Oh My Juice, LLC. Through her various personal and professional experiences, Tierra has made it her mission to help others tap into and achieve their greatness in all areas of life. Her passions lie in leadership, spiritual motivation, and healthy living.