UO African American Workshop and Lecture Series


2017_2018 UO African American Workshop and Lecture Series

UO African American Workshop and Lecture Series Devon Carbado, Adam Foss, Alisha Moreland-Capuia, Claude Steele

The University of Oregon African American Workshop and Lecture series connects national experts with UO thought leaders and change agents.  It is focused on helping our campus to better understand the most promising practices in this area and utilizing their expertise to institutionalize more effective environments, practices and policies. While some of the speakers will deliver large campus addresses, many of them will work with smaller groups of our campus community including advisors, deans, student leaders, faculty, staff, vice presidents and supervisors to raise awareness, hone existing practices and, in some instances, develop new skills.  Equally as important is the fact that the speakers and their areas of expertise align very well with the President’s three priorities of excellence, access and a successful student experience as well as with the IDEAL framework for Inclusion, Diversity, Evaluation, Achievement and Leadership. We are grateful to the Black Student Task Force (BSTF) for their vision in bringing this series to our campus, to the President’s Office in providing generous support for the series and to our campus community for their support and active participation.

SAVE THE DATE! - February 2, 2018



Claude Steele




February 2, 2018 Claude M. Steele speaking on "The Science of Diverse Community". In his public lecture at the UO, Steele plans to take on the challenges that students face and encourage us to create a diverse community where students feel comfortable, where they are able to take advantage of opportunities without concern for their identity [without their identity being a burden of their experience as students]. Steele will also address his groundbreaking social psychology research on stereotype threat. He will focus on defining the challenges, and offer general but practical principles of solutions as well as specific tactics that people can use both as individuals and through institutions to make our diverse communities work. "I'll be making the argument that we know a lot in science that can be of use to us, and I want to point that out to people. It's uplifting, actually. There are real, concrete ways to address the challenge, many of which [the audience] may have not have heard of before.

SAVE THE DATE! - March 14,  2018


Dr Alisha Moreland-Capuia




March 14, 2018. Alisha Moreland-Capuia, MD speaking on "The Psychological Impact of Racism".

Previous Speakers

Devon Carbado, African American Speaker Series, NOVEMBER 1, 2017 | 12:15 - 1:45 PM KNIGHT LAW SCHOOL – ROOM 110

November 1, 2017. Devon Carbado speaking on "The Fourth Amendment and the Police" at the UO Law School. Lecture begins at 12:15; lunch served at noon. Devon Carbado is the UCLA Associate Vice Chancellor of BruinX for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and the Honorable Harry Pregerson Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law. During the day, he will also hold a conversation with academic leadership regarding the promises and challenges of diversity in institutional governance, meet with student groups and engage with faculty and staff in VPRI around the issues of research innovation in diversity. 

Adam Foss. Shields and Swords: Waging a Battle Against Bias in Public Systems,” on November 28, 2017 ,Redwood Auditorium (Erb Memorial Union Room 214). Lecture begins at 12:15, with lunch served at noo


November 28, 2017. Adam Foss. Adam Foss is the founder of Prosecutor Impact – a non-profit developing training and curriculum for prosecutors to reframe their role in the criminal justice system. He is also a former Assistant District Attorney, Juvenile Division, Suffolk County, Boston, Massachusetts; a 2017 Mandela Foundation Changemaker of the Year recipient; and was named one of the 100 most influential black Americans by the Root in 2016. His 2016 Ted Talk, “A Prosecutor’s Vision for a Better Justice System,” has nearly 2 million views. 

Academic Year 2016_17 Series


2016-2017 Speakers:

Implicit Bias (May 26, 2017) with Dr. Benjamin Reese
In the last of the speakers’ series, we will explore Implicit Bias with Dr. Benjamin Reese. Dr. Reese has more than 40 years of experience in the areas of organizational change, cross-cultural development, and conflict resolution. Dr. Reese will hold three events: "Implicit Bias and Challenges in Today’s Environment," a workshop for those who serve students; "Implicit Bias: Impact," a public form; and "Implicit Bias on Campus: What Is My Role?" in which Dr. Reese will address student concerns.  In each event, participants will learn about the specific manifestations of implicit bias and how to counteract it in ways that lead to increased faculty diversity and better outcomes for selecting and engaging students.  Implicit Bias Bibliography

A Deeper Black: Race in America, (February 3, 2017) with Ta-Nehisi Coates
Ta-Nehisi Coates is the author of “Between the World and Me” and winner of the 2015 National Book Award for nonfiction. Coates is the 2017 Ruhl Lecturer at the UO School of Journalism and Communication. Incoming UO freshmen are reading and discussing the book over the course of the coming school year as part of the 2016-17 UO Common Reading book selection. Coates’ lecture is titled “A Deeper Black: Race in America” and will tackle the systemic racism and racist policies that have been inseparable from the growth of the nation.

Show Me The Money: The Changing Landscape of Diversity in American Philanthropy (November 8, 2016) with George Zeno 
Access to higher education comes at a price and as state resources continue to decline, colleges and universities are turning to philanthropy to help educate our future generation of leaders. Berkeley and University of Michigan, among others, have raised millions of dollars in support of African American scholarships and other diversity initiatives. As we seek to become more excellent, it is only fitting that we seek philanthropic resources in this area. To help the UO learn more about how to raise money for African American initiatives and support diversity work more generally, we are bringing to campus George Zeno, whose successful leadership has raised millions of dollars in funding at UW and now at Berkeley. On campus, he will meet with development officers, Deans, students, and prospective donors to ensure that we are not just effectively fundraising, but that our fundraising opportunities are as inclusive as possible.

Transforming Our Judiciary, Changing Our World (October 31-November 3, 2016) with Lady Georgina Theodora Wood 
Around the world, the judiciary is a leading force for societal transformation and change.  Among the global leaders in this area is Ghana’s first female Supreme Court Justice Lady Georgina Theodora Wood. She will visit our campus in early November 2016 to talk about the judicial reform that she has catalyzed in Ghana and other parts of the African continent, as well as her focus on alternative dispute resolution.  

Envisioning, Attaining and Institutionalizing Diversity in STEM Education and Research (Monday, October 17, 2016) with Dr. Kelly Mack 
Historically, African Americans have made important contributions to medicine, technology, science and math, but those contributions have lagged recently in the wake of inadequate K-12 education and poor pipelines to science opportunities. The UO seeks to be a leader in STEM education and research by educating and empowering the broadest array of talent. To that end, we have invited Dr. Kelly Mack, Vice President for American Association of College and University’s national project to reform undergraduate STEM education. Dr. Kelly will host a town hall meeting with faculty, community partners, staff and students on the most promising practices for engaging faculty, undergraduate and graduate students in STEM education and professions. She will also meet with leaders who are responsible for faculty development to share tips and strategies for persistence among women, African Americans, and other minorities in higher education.