In solidarity with nationwide efforts to support Black lives, Utah State University will host a virtual teach-in on Wednesday, September 9th. The event is set to take place on the second day of a national #scholarstrike inspired by professional athletes’ protests against systemic racism. Co-sponsored by the Center for Intersectional Gender Studies and Research, the CHaSS Anti-Oppression Committee, and the Latinx Cultural Center, the USU teach-in seeks to connect national conversations to our own academic and local communities. Through a series of panel discussions, USU students and faculty will address issues such as athletes’ efforts in addressing racial injustice, links between religion and racial (in)justice, COVID-19 and police brutality as public health crises, local perspectives on Black Lives Matter, and police reform in Utah. All discussions will be available online to serve as resources for education and activism here in our local community.
For information on the national event, visit scholarstrike.com.
Black Lives Matter Utah: Current Realities & Future Possibilities
Lex Scott, the founder of Black Lives Matter Utah and the United Front Civil Rights Organization, discusses the evolution of the movement since its founding in 2013. Lex reflects on the early years of the movement as well as on the recent wave of nationwide protests. Lex also discusses her work with law enforcement and support for various police reform bills at the state and national levels.
USU Athletics & Racial Justice
A conversation with student athletes and members of the USU athletic department including Waqa Damuni, Justice Smith, Karen Christensen, Andre Grayson, Amy Crosbie, and Jauwan Scaife. The conversation focuses on personal experiences of race and racism in America and ongoing efforts by athletes nationally and locally to address racial injustice. This conversation is moderated by Dr. Chris Gonzalez, the Director of the Latinx Cultural Center.
Listen to the podcast on Spotify.
Racial Inequality and Religion in the U.S.
A conversation with Dr. Patrick Mason, American religious historian and the Leonard J. Arrington Chair of Mormon History and Culture at USU. Dr. Mason discusses the ways religion has been used to justify and exacerbate racial inequality as well as the ways religious communities have bridged racial divides to move us closer to racial justice. This conversation is moderated by Dr. Christy Glass, the Interim Director of the Center for Intersectional Gender Studies & Research.
Police Brutality and COVID-19
Dr. Guadalupe Marquez-Velarde discusses the relationship between health disparities in COVID-19 and police brutality, both overt manifestations of systemic racism. She explains why Black, Indigenous, and Latinx communities have been disproportionately impacted by the global pandemic and how police violence contributes to poor COVID-outcomes via the stress process. She also provides examples of how police brutality is in itself a social determinant of health.
Additional materials for Dr. Marquez-Velarde's discussion.
Black Lives Matter: Local Perspectives
A conversation with USU faculty on the historical and contemporary significance of the movement for Black lives, the potential for this movement to address systemic racism and white supremacy and ways the USU community can support this movement locally. The conversation features Dr. Angela Diaz, Assistant Professor of History, Dr. Amy Odum, Professor of Psychology and Gonca Soyer, an Adjunct Professor in Human Development and Family Studies.
Utah Rep. Angela Romero on Police Reform and Racial Justice
Utah Representative Angela Romero discusses efforts to pass police reform in the upcoming legislative session. Rep. Romero explains the purpose and significance of these bills and discusses ways our community can support the efforts of Rep. Romero and her colleagues in the Utah legislature. This discussion is moderated by Dr. Christy Glass, the interim Director of the Center for Intersectional Gender Studies & Research.