The Race in America series began last year and continues on this year with a focus on honoring black women. “Race in America: The Black Woman” will include three events during the 2017-2018 academic year. This fall term event featured four OSU faculty and administrators who shared their stories of empowerment as black women within higher education.
The four panelists Iyunolu Osagie, Charlene Alexander, Allison Davis White-Eyes, and Jennifer Brown all speak about their personal and professional journeys within higher education and academia (note: Dr. Brown requested to not be recorded). They share their experiences as black women in the locations in which they were raised, were they studied, and their time at Oregon State University. The event also features various short videos featuring inspirational black women speaking about their identities; they include Maya Angelou performing her poem “Still I Rise” as well as the actresses Tracee Ellis Ross, Taraji P. Henson, and Uzo Aduba. The recording also includes a short question and answer session.
Iyunolu Osagie, Professor of English, School of Writing, Literature and Film within the College of Liberal Arts
Charlene Alexander, Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer in the Office of Institutional Diversity
Allison Davis White-Eyes, Director of Community Diversity Relations in the Office of Institutional Diversity, previously the Assistant Vice Provost and Director, Diversity & Cultural Engagement
Panelists: Iyunolu Osagie, Charlene Alexander, and Allison Davis White-Eyes
Format: The speakers for this event were spread out within triangle form of chairs and attendees to represent the triad of Africa, The Caribbean, and the U.S.
Moderators: Terrance Harris, Marisa Chappell, Marilyn Stewart
Date: October 18, 2017
Location: Lonnie B Harris Black Cultural Center