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(open 7:30 am-7:30 pm on March 1)


2021 Theme: Antiracism, Public Health,
and Working Toward the Common Good

 


 

VIRTUAL TEACH-IN ON SOCIAL JUSTICE
PROGRAM for Monday, March 1, 2021

2021 Teach-In Program   2021 Teach-In Evening Program

 
8:15 – 8:45 am CST

 
 
9:00 – 10:15 am CST

Morning Keynote

"Do Not Harm: Systemic Pandemics Infect the Common Good"

Dr. Shawnee Daniels-Sykes (Mount Mary University)
Catholic theological ethicist, researcher, and registered nurse

Dr. Shawnee Daniels-Sykes has been described as a "servant-leader and educator". She is an expert in the area of ethics, morality and Black Catholic studies. Her research interests encompass the entire lifespan from birth to end-of-life issues as they relate to institutionalized racism, class, and gender oppression. Dr. Daniels-Sykes has been a faculty member at Mount Mary University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for 14 years; in the summer she teaches a graduate course on “Moral Questions in the Black Community” for the Institute for Black Catholic Studies at Xavier University of Louisiana. Dr. Daniels-Sykes holds the distinction of being the only Black Catholic female health care ethicist in the United States. She is also a registered nurse.

 
10:30 – 11:45 am CST

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12:00 – 12:30 pm CST

Self Care Session

Prayer: We invite you to join us for Lectio Divina, a reflective prayer using scripture, with Campus Ministry. 

Art:  We invite you to view and reflect on the images of student art devoted to the theme of the Teach-In: “Anti-Racism, Public Health, and Working Towards the Common Good.” 

Discussion: During times of growth and change, self-care helps to recharge our batteries and give us energy to move forward. Join Counseling Center staff to learn more about self-care tools you can use, as well as reflect on your feelings about and responses to the day’s sessions. 

 
 
1:30 – 2:45 pm CST

Afternoon Keynote

"Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in a Nation Built on Exclusion"

Lisa Benson
Emmy award-winning journalist, anti-racism consultant

Lisa Benson is a diversity, equity, and inclusion speaker and an Emmy award-winning journalist. Ms. Benson is the founder and CEO of Winning Truths International, LLC and is the author of Anchored in Bias, Fired Over "White Tears". Lisa earned Diversity and Inclusion Certifications from both Cornell and Northwestern Universities. She holds a B.A. in Mass Media Arts from the HBCU Clark Atlanta University. Lisa uses her understanding of societal hierarchies, truly inclusive cultures, and institutionalized racism to educate teachers, attorneys, business leaders, and industry professionals. 

 
3:00 – 4:15 pm CST

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7:00 – 8:30 pm CST

Evening Program

"This Is America: Truths through My Body"

Hosted by Dr. Ada Cheng (professor-turned-storyteller, solo performer, and storytelling show producer) and featuring storytellers Jason Craige Harris, Jasminum McMullen, Diana Rodriguez, Sina Sam, and KJ Whitehead.

What stories do we tell when we focus on the visceral impact on our bodies? And what does the disparate impact tell us about American identity and experience? Through a storytelling showcase, along with dialogue with the audience, this event will explore the intersections of gender-based violence, transformative justice, and mental health.

 
If you have any questions or would like to be involved in planning, contact Pat Somers at psomers@ben.edu, Wilson Chen at wchen@ben.edu, or Bernadette Ramsden at bramsden@ben.edu.