2016 Racial Legacies & Learning

Biennial Race & Ethnicity Symposium: How to talk about Race

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Purpose of the Symposium

“Racial Legacies and Learning: How to talk about Race” is an Office of Multicultural Affairs initiative adopted from Miami University (Oh). Its mission is to create opportunities for positive cross-racial dialogue on issues related to race and ethnicity. Miami University does this via a town hall format.

The Office of Multicultural Affairs Emerging Scholars Institute is hosting a day long symposium for faculty, staff, students and community members to engage in dialogue that will enhance their cultural competency and allow opportunities to discuss issues and solutions to complex issues on race and ethnicity.

Racial Legacies & Learning: A brief history

The idea to sponsor a series of local town meetings called Racial Legacies and Learning: How to Talk About Race was derived from a national town meeting of the same name that was presented via satellite at Miami University Hamilton by the Association of American Colleges and Universities in association with KTEH in San Jose, California and distributed by PBS Adult Learning Services on January 27, 1999.

The Office of Student Services (now Student Affairs) at Miami University Hamilton enlisted the support of campus and community leaders to collaborate in hosting the initial national town meeting coupled with a local “live” town meeting featuring several key community and campus leaders. The first town meeting was a huge success and it seemed that a proactive, on-going series of local town meetings with a focus on race was desired by the audience.

In the years since 1999, the series has provided opportunities for dialogue, critical thinking, and learning while emphasizing the importance of taking action and making improvements in race relations in both personal and professional settings.


2nd Annual Race & Ethnicity Symposium Team Registration

The Office of Multicultural Affairs Emerging Scholars Institute is hosting a day long symposium for faculty, staff, students and community members to engage in dialogue that will enhance their cultural competency and allow opportunities to discuss issues and solutions to complex issues on race and ethnicity. The symposium will consists of an opening breakfast keynote, breakout sessions, luncheon keynote, and a Race & Ethnicity poster session.


Registration for the Race of Ethnicity Symposium is $45 per person or $200 per 5 member team. The registration fee for the first six (6) teams that register before Friday March 4, 2016, is $150. Suggested team members: 1 faculty member, 1 staff member, 3 students.


We have rooms blocked at a special rate until March 17, 2016. Contact the Hampton Inn & Suites Murray or Best Western University Inn. Mention the Race & Ethnicity Symposium or the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

Racial Legacies & Learning: Race & Ethnicity Symposium-How to Talk About Race

Friday, April 1st, 8:30am

Curris Center Ballroom

Racial Legacies & Learning: Race and Ethnicity Symposium-How to Talk About Race

Friday, April 1, 2016

Location: Curris Center


Opening Plenary Breakfast & Closing Lunch Plenary held in the Curris Center Banquet Room 1. Concurrent Sessions held in the Barkley, Cumberland, Mississippi, & Ohio Rooms

Symposium Theme:

"Living the Dream: Through Excellence, Creative Thought & Community Engagement: How to Talk About Race"

Invited Speakers:
Ndidi Oriji, Esq.- Senior Vice President, Advertising Standards at NBCUniversal, Inc.

Vincent Southerland, Esq.- Attorney, Federal Defenders of New York

Kevin D. Woodgett Sr. D.D.- Chair Delaware County Health Coalition

Scheduled Agenda

Race & Ethnicity Symposium Agenda

Opening Breakfast Plenary

Curris Center Banquet Room 1

(Space Limited to 150 register today)

8:30am - 10:15 am

Keynote: Vincent Southerland, Esq.

Concurrent Sessions**

10:30am - 12:30pm

Closing Lunch Plenary

Curris Center Banquet Room 1

(Space Limited to 150 register today)

12:30pm - 2:30pm

Keynote: Ndidi Oriji, Esq.

Lunch: 12:30pm-1:00pm

Keynote: 1:00pm-1:45pm

Panel: 1:45pm-2:15pm

Q & A: 2:15pm-2:30pm

Moderator: SG Carthell, Senior Director of Diversity Initiatives

All Presenters will be recognized at the Luncheon.

Race & Ethnicity Poster Session


11th Annual Diversity Achievement Awards Reception

6:30pm Curris Center Banquet Room 2

**Detailed information on the Breakout Sessions will be provided at a later date.

Vincent M. Southerland, Esq.

Vincent M. Southerland joined the Federal Defenders in 2015. As an Assistant Federal Defender, he represents indigent individuals accused of federal crimes from initial appearance through the final disposition of the criminal case. As a federal public defender, his work is multidisciplinary and dynamic, requiring intense case management and a keen understanding of the nuances of federal criminal law. As an advocate, he combats the harms visited upon his clients by racial bias and poverty on a daily basis.

Prior to joining the Federal Defenders, Mr. Southerland spent seven years at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF), where he was a Senior Counsel. While at LDF, he engaged in litigation and advocacy at the intersection of race and criminal justice, including the representation of death-sentenced prisoners across the American South and juveniles sentenced to life imprisonment without parole. Mr. Southerland perviously served as a staff attorney at The Bronx Defenders, and an E. Barrett Prettyman Fellow at Georgetown University Law Center. He began his career as a law clerk to the Honorable Theodore McKee, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and the Honorable Louis H. Pollak, of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Mr. Southerland holds an LL.M from Georgetown University Law Center, received his J.D. from Temple University School of Law and his B.A from the University of Connecticut.

Ndidi Oriji, Esq.

Ndidi Oriji is the Senior Vice President of Advertising Standards at NBCUniversal. She leads a department tasked with the review of all advertising airing on the NBC broadcast network, certain advertising airing on NBCUniversal’s national cable networks (including USA, Bravo, and SyFy), and all custom advertising content produced by the broadcast network. Ms. Oriji also manages legal and reputational risk to NBCUniversal when advertising standards issues arise and formulates policy changes and public responses.

Prior to her current role, Ms. Oriji was counsel in the West Coast Entertainment group of NBCUniversal where she counseled NBCUniversal's broadcast network, cable networks, digital properties, and local owned stations on a number of legal issues with respect to their advertising production activities. Ms. Oriji has also held the role of counsel in the Intellectual Property group of the NBCUniversal legal department, focusing on advertising and promotions. She was responsible for all sweepstakes, contests, games, and other promotions across all of NBCUniversal’s properties. Before joining NBCUniversal, Ms. Oriji was an associate in the Entertainment Department of Loeb & Loeb, LLP for two years where her practice areas included entertainment, advertising, marketing and promotions, and emerging media law. Prior to Loeb & Loeb, Ms. Oriji spent two and a half years as an associate in the New York office of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, where she specialized in corporate mergers and acquisitions.

Ms. Oriji graduated from New York University School of Law in 2003. The summer after her first year of law school, Ms. Oriji was a legal aid intern at the Peking University Center for Women's Law Studies and Legal Services in Beijing, China. In her spare time Ms. Oriji enjoys performing stand-up comedy. Ms. Oriji is a member of the New York City Bar Association and the Nigerian Lawyers Association.

Racial Legacies and Learning Symposium Planning & Advisory Committees


SG Carthell-Chair, Senior Director of Diversity Initiatives

Dr. Donald Adongo-OMA Faculty Liaison, Department of Mathematics

Ashley Ireland-Dean University Libraries

Alicia Carthell-OMA Faculty Liaison, Senior Lecturer, Department of English & Philosophy

Anita Chitule-OMA Student Services Specialist


Ivy-Lynn Anderson

Jennifer Siner

Iris Limas-Alvia

Charon Ingram

Karvontay Stephenson


Mike Young-Assoc VP Student Affairs

MSU Alumni

Geco Ross

Phyllis Parker

Launa Wood

Jeremi Bumpus

Toni Bumpus

PCDI Sub Committee on Race & Ethnicity (SCORE)

Dr. Susana Bloomdahl-Chair Education & Human Services

Alicia Carthell, Senior Lecturer, Department English & Philosophy

Charletter Ellis-Executive Assistant

Science Engineering and Technology

Dr. Peggy Pittman-Munke-Associate Professor

Education and Human Services

Karvontay Stephenson-President Black Student Council

SG Carthell-Director Office of Multicultural Affairs-Chair SCORE

Miami University

Jerome Conley, Dean University Libraries

Dr. Bob Rusbosin, Regional Senior Associate Dean of Students

Randi Thomas, Director Institutional Relations

Lawson State Community College

Kelvin King-Professor English & Communications