Events

Upcoming events hosted by the Division of DEI and/or our campus partners

Slavery: A Legacy

Join this virtual event to examine the ways in which the legacies of the Transatlantic slave trade live on into the present both in the United States and across the Americas. Moderated by FIU’s Andrea Queeley, the program includes short presentations from four...

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Disrupting Anti-Blackness: Artists Voicing Truths

  Patrick Martinez, Then They Came for Me, Neon, 2016, 20 ½ x 26 inches, Rollins Museum of Art, Gift of Susan and Bob Battaglia and Margie Pabst Steinmetz and Chuck Steinmetz, 2017.7, Image courtesy of the artist and Charlie James Gallery On temporary display at...

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Past events available to watch on-demand

Below you will find a list of previous events and discussions hosted by the Division of DEI and/or various FIU groups and organizations that touch on the topics of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy Among People of Color Discussion

As Florida continues to distribute vaccines, Florida International University’s Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) hosted a conversation to tackle vaccine hesitancy and misinformation among minority communities causing the disparity. Click here to watch the conversation. 

 

I’m Not a Virus: A Teach-In on Anti-Asian / Asian American Racism.” Teach-In

Please join us on March 30 at 4pm EST for “I’m Not a Virus: A Teach-In on Anti-Asian / Asian American Racism.” We’re working hard to finalize what I think will be an amazing program.

Our program will start with legendary actress, comic, and lifelong activist Margaret Cho, who’ll be talking about her activism for AAPIs. The program will also include Jack Tchen (Rutgers) “Yellow Peril Today & the Deep Ecology of Anglo Protestant Possessive Colonialist Ideologies”, Mitzi Uehara Carter (FIU) “Nappy Routes & Tangled Tales: A Personal Reflection on Anti-Asian Violence and White Supremacy”, Sean A Metzger (UCLA) “Queering Asian American Violence”.

Join us on zoom – https://go.fiu.edu/notavirus – this link will go live the day of the event.
Or watch the livestream on Facebook (Center for the Humanities in an Urban Environment).

Meet the Black Faculty Association
Join us as we learn more about the BFA for our founding faculty members. Watch the recording of this event (click here). Meet FIU's Black Faculty Association

 

"Talking Black in America" Panel Discussion

Join the Center for the Humanities in an Urban Environment, the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and the African and African Diaspora Studies Program for a screening of “Talking Black in America” and a discussion with executive producer Walt Wolfram and producer Renee Blake, in honor of Black History Month.

“Talking Black in America” showcases the creativity and resilience of people living through oppression, segregation, and the fight for equality, and the powerful identity forged by a shared heritage, all expressed in the ways African Americans communicate. The documentary chronicles the incredible impact of African American English on American language and culture. Filmed across the U.S., “Talking Black in America” is a revelation of language as legacy, identity, and triumph over adversity.

Click here to view the discussion.

 

"One Night in Miami": Film Panel Discussion

Join the Center for the Humanities in an Urban Environment, the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and the African and African Diaspora Studies Program for a screening and discussion of “One Night in Miami” in honor of Black History Month.

“One Night in Miami” is a 2020 American drama film about a fictionalized meeting of Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown and Sam Cooke in a room at the Hampton House in February 1964, celebrating Ali’s surprise title win over Sonny Liston

Click here to view the discussion.

 

The Panther Way: Embracing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Launch

The Diversity of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) and guest speaker Jenée Johnson, Executive Director & Mindful Program Founder, San Francisco Department of Public Health on hosted the launch of the Division of DEI on Monday, November 23 at 9:30am. Watch as we embark upon FIU’s transformational journey to sustained equity and inclusion in our community.

Gain insight into how we all participate in actualizing our values toward an inclusive culture at FIU.

We unveild DEI initiatives and goals, introduce the DEI staff and Diversity Council, navigate FIU’s Inclusive Excellence Framework, and much more.

Watch the recording of the DEI launch!

 

 

Cafecito Chat: DEI

305 Cafecito Chats were developed by FIU Engagement ensure that as an institution we are continuing to engage our FIU and community partners and colleagues as we all adapt to this new virtual workplace, community, and world.

On Friday, November 20 from 3-4pm, the Cafecito Chat was on DEI.

Watch a recording here: https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=161320315686029&ref=search 

A Discussion: Racism and the First Amendment

 On November 6, 2020, FIU leaders and others members of the community held a discussion about racism and the First Amendment. At FIU, we stand firm against racism, and we also stand firm for First Amendment rights. How do we reconcile the eradication of racism with the protection of constitutional freedoms?

Watch a recording of the event: https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=1804670583020299&ref=watch_permalink 

 

Our Talk, Our Land

On Indigenous People’s Day (Monday, October 11, 2020), The Center for the Humanities in an Urban Environment joined FIU’s Global Indigenous Forum and the Rev. Houston Cypress (Otter Clan, Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida) along with indigenous scholars, artists and activists to learn about struggles around the world for Native land rights and to maintain indigenous, Native, First Nations and aboriginal languages. 

Latinx: What's in a Name?

The Center for the Humanities in an Urban Environment spoke with renowned journalist, author and Columbia University professor Ed Morales online on Sept. 21, 2020 about the possibilities and politics of “Latinx” through the overlapping vectors of language, race/ethnicity, gender, national origin, sexuality, age, ability and more.

Monumental: Flags, Statues, and the Politics of Public Space

The Center for the Humanities in an Urban Environment hosted scholars, photographers, activists, and museum curators on August 18, 2020 for a discussion about public space, Confederate and colonial names, flags, monuments and statues in the United States, as well as similar symbols in the United Kingdom, Brazil and across the Caribbean.

Speakers included Ana Lucia Araujo (Howard), Wallace Best (Princeton), Alan Chin (Columbia), Alison Isenberg (Princeton), Andrea Queeley (FIU), Jen Reid (protestor), Heather Russell (FIU), Alvia Wardlaw (Texas Southern), and Aza Weir-Soley (FIU).

Watch a recording of the event: https://youtu.be/Bx-BFCdz__Y

Belonging / Pertenecer

 Associate Professor Richard Blanco – the first openly gay person, first Latinx person, the first immigrant and the youngest person to be a presidential inaugural poet – spoke with Emory University’s Karen Stolley on June 24, 2020 about concepts of identity, exile and home.

Belonging is a universal human yearning — we all need someone, someplace, something to belong to and thrive. But what does it mean to belong? What do we belong to, or not, and why? Do we get to choose? Is belonging inclusive or exclusive, or both? Is it a false reality, or a true manifestation of the self?

Watch a recording of the event: https://youtu.be/0XroLz9JXC0

Black Humanity Matters: A Teach-in on the Crisis of Race in America

The Center for the Humanities in an Urban Environment hosted renowned scholars on June 11, 2020 to reflect on the long history of anti-black violence in the United States, the Black Lives Matter movement and the anti-racism protests currently taking place.

This event was hosted by FIU’s Center for the Humanities in an Urban Environment and co-sponsored by African and African Diaspora Studies; Department of English; College of Arts, Sciences & Education; and Office to Advance Women, Equity & Diversity.

Watch a recording of the event: https://youtu.be/AFDElCtss34

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