DEI Collective Learning Series


Apr 26, 2022 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Holloway Hall


Register for the virtual Engage session (6 to 7 p.m.) here.


Each month the School of Education and Human Development's Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) will engage faculty and staff in learning focused on DEI. The monthly series will have four parts:

Read: Short and impactful articles, chapters, or blogs to help frame the topic for the month (Week 1).

Watch/Listen: Watch a pre-recorded presentation, YouTube recordings, and/or listen to a podcast focused on the topic for the month (Week 2).

Write: Journal, write reflections, and respond to prompts/questions based on the "read" and "watch/listen" for the month reading and recording (Week 3).

Engage: Participate in an on-Grounds session, which may include presentations from authors from the readings, presenters from the pre-recorded session or podcast, an expert on the topic of the month, as well as opportunities to connect and converse with members of our community around the month’s topic. (Week 4).

The DEI Collective Learning Series is intentionally framed in this way to allow faculty and staff to build a shared understanding of topics and concepts (read and watch/listen) before engaging. 

Affinity groups are vital to the success of people with minoritized identities by providing safe spaces that consist of people who share an identity.  Within the safe space of affinity groups, members are able to de-shackle from the social pressures of representing a whole community and discuss shared joys and challenges. Yet, if belonging and inclusion are the goals, how do safe spaces and affinity groups work toward or against that goal? What are affinity groups and safe spaces anyway? Finally, what purpose do they serve in educational environments?  Join us for April’s Collective Learning Series on Safe Spaces, where we will explore what role safe spaces and affinity groups play in creating belonging and inclusion. Download the flyer here, follow this link to RSVP, and if you have any questions, please reach out to ehdodei@virginia.edu.