Introducing Justice Equity Diversity and Inclusion: A View from the Frog Bridge
Developed for the COPLAC JEDI conference and Juneteenth 2021
Introducing Justice Equity Diversity and Inclusion: A View from the Frog Bridge
Developed for the COPLAC JEDI conference and Juneteenth 2021
Scholar Strike for Racial Justice (September 8-9, 2020). Scholar Strike for Racial Justice playlist. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCu76Immw5Fuj2bajTDCXwKQ/playlists
“Racial justice is the systematic fair treatment of people of all races that results in equitable opportunities and outcomes for everyone. All people are able to achieve their full potential in life, regardless of race, ethnicity or the community in which they live.
A “racial justice” framework can move us from a reactive posture to a more powerful, proactive and even preventive approach.”
THE ANNIE E. CASEY FOUNDATION (AUGUST 24, 2020). Equity vs. Equality and Other Racial Justice Definitions. Retrieved from https://www.aecf.org/blog/racial-justice-definitions/
“EJI believes we need a new era of truth and justice that starts with confronting our history of racial injustice.”
Equal Justice Initiative (2020). Racial Justice. Retrieved from https://eji.org/racial-justice/
“Teaching social justice does not mean informing future educators, administrators, and policy leaders about social justice; it means training you in a reflective model of leadership that encourages openness, collaboration, and information sharing.”
Mills, School of Education (n.d.). Social Justice in Education: The Role Educational Leaders Play. Retrieved from https://online.mills.edu/blog/social-justice-in-education
“racism is prejudice with the power to enforce it”
Tools for Racial Justice (n.d.). Definitions. Retrieved from https://tools4racialjustice.net/
“They describe how the inclusion of “social” in the definition of social justice introduces two foundational ideas: the common good and the social practices necessary to achieve the common good. Central to these ideas are forming associations, civic participation, and cooperation.
This approach is helpful when thinking about economic and social affairs, including how we consider schools, in at least two ways. First, it encourages and empowers individuals to join actively with others to form voluntary associations and mediating institutions so that committed citizens can together solve common challenges.
Second, it is directed toward the common good, not only at a national or international level, but also—first and foremost—at the level of neighborhood and community. It directs collective efforts toward shared goals, not private interests, respecting individuals and allowing societies and the institutions on which they rely to thrive.”
Andy Smarick and Bruno V. Manno (3.11.2020). Social justice and K–12 education reform. Retrieved from https://fordhaminstitute.org/national/commentary/social-justice-and-k-12-education-reform
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) – https://www.easternct.edu/clubs/national-association-for-the-advancement-of-colored-people.html
FEMALES Organization – https://www.easternct.edu/clubs/females-organization.html
Men Achieving Leadership, Excellence and Success (M.A.L.E.S.) Organization – https://www.easternct.edu/clubs/males-organization.html
Organization of Latin American Students (OLAS) – https://www.easternct.edu/clubs/organization-of-latin-american-students.html
Asian Cultural Society – https://www.easternct.edu/clubs/asian-culture-society.html
Other videos –
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (Mar 12, 2020). Jason Reynolds & Ibram X. Kendi – “Stamped” and the Story of Racism in the U.S. | The Daily Show. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6D6Ge1VXySo
TED (Oct 7, 2009). The danger of a single story | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9Ihs241zeg&t=3s
Social Justice in Education – powerpoint foundation for video
University Relations (September 16, 2020). Eastern faculty participate in nationwide Scholar Strike. Retrieved from https://www.easternct.edu/news/_stories-and-releases/2020/09-september/eastern-faculty-participate-in-nationwide-scholar-strike.html
Notes from the
May 2nd, 2019 – Mohegan Sun Convention Center
I was at this symposium representing CECA:
“RULER teaches the skills of emotional intelligence — those associated with recognizing, understanding, labeling, expressing, and regulating emotion. Decades of research show that these skills are essential to effective teaching and learning, sound decision making, physical and mental health, and success in school and beyond.”
presented by Michele O’Neill
referred to Project Implicit
presented by Neil Gile – Principal at Williams Middle School, Longmeadow Public Schools
William Sullivan – 8th Grade History Teacher at Williams Middle School, Longmeadow Public Schools
Flow theory – Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
MIKE OPPLAND (May 13, 2019). 8 Ways To Create Flow According to Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. Retrieved from https://positivepsychologyprogram.com/mihaly-csikszentmihalyi-father-of-flow/#flow-types-characteristics
“The 8 Characteristics of Flow
Csikszentmihalyi describes eight characteristics of flow:
Meredith Homza – English Instructor, J.M. Wright Technical High School
Maureen Ruby – Assistant Superintendent, Brookfield Public Schools
During a lovely extended weekend in April 2019, I had the opportunity to glimpse the future of higher education in the USA and found it will be ever-changing, challenging, and educational. I note that I do not prefer higher education as a term. There was a time that I would only say post-secondary education. I will go with the flow and use the term higher education, with some reservations.
This conference, the fifth organized by the Faculty Advisory Council to the Board of Regents of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system, featured a morning keynote speaker, Christopher Newfield, Professor of Literature and American Studies in the English Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Congresswoman Jahana Hayes, as the afternoon keynote speaker.
Professor Newfield’s impressions on the conference are posted at
In his keynote, Newfield described how the restructuring of universities rarely reach student first goals. There may be some cost-saving initially but the structures grow back. Each time he mentioned this issue, the audience responded with cheers.
In his blog, be also discussed Congresswoman Hayes’ presentation. Newfield’s blog contains a link to Congresswoman’s Hayes’ presentation that highlights her emotional connections to education. It was features photos of several faculty, including Dr. Tanya Moorehead from the Education, and students. The blog ends with a summary of the conference that calls for “a full reframing of higher ed along public good lines.”
I attended a presentation by Rick Hornung and Nicolas Simon on When A Plus Becomes A Minus and A Denial Turns into Acceptance: How the Topsy-Turvy Process of ParentPLUS Loans Effect College Students from Low Income Familes. Two Eastern Connecticut students spoke of their own challenges with financial aid and the value of studying on a campus not in their community.
Nikki McCary and Kathy Taylor from Naugatuck Valley Community College spoke about their efforts in Linking Social Justice Issues across Disciplines in another session. Participants generated a list of social justice issues that could easily be multi-disciplinary.
The conference offered small group discussions on diverse topics – part-time faculty issues, the future of the liberal arts, teaching, contemplative practices, open pedagogy, disability services, service-learning, resilience, creating family-friendly campuses, student food insecurity, veteran support, – over 40 break-out sessions. The conference closed with a discussion of the future of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities and the efforts of the Reluctant Warriors petitioners to preserve shared governance in the system.
I joined Lyndsey Lanagan-Leitzel and Niti Pandey at this conference on collective bargaining at the CUNY Graduate Center, across from The Empire State Building. There were also faculty and staff from the UCONN AAUP chapter and colleagues from Western Connecticut State University in attendance. Here’s a photo of Lyndsey and Niti with Paul Filson, CSU-AAUP Director of Union Organization between sessions at the conference.
I attended the following sessions. Below them are my “sound bite” memories of the sessions:
Workshop for Academic Labor: Membership Mobilization and Collective Bargaining in an Open Shop Environment with Penny Lewis, Associate Professor of Labor Studies, CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies and PSC Vice President Senior Colleges, Jennifer Eagan, President, California Faculty Association, Rudy Fichtenbaum, President, AAUP, Noeleen McIlvenna, Professor of History, Contract Administration Officer, AAUP at Wright State University, Ken Mash, President, APSCUF, Kathryn Morton, Communications Director, APSCUF, Bruce Nissen, is active in the United Faculty of Florida, chairs the union’s statewide Contract Enforcement Committee and is a retired labor educator, and Kim Cook, Extension Associate Faculty, Cornell ILR. (attendance at this workshop is limited to labor representatives and union members).
This session was over-subscribed due to the use of an online registration system. The conference made use of Socio, a pretty effective software program that allowed from session registration, announcements, document archives, exhibitor and presenters lists, search engine for participants, one’s own conference schedule, and a conference map. My memories of this session included that Rudy Fichtenbaum, President, AAUP, spoke of the January-February 2019 Wright State University faculty strike – at 20 days one of the longest in academic faculty history. Bruce Nissen from the United Faculty of Florida recounted the history of academic labor organization in Florida in a “right to work” state.
This session continued with break out sessions. I attended a session on effective uses of social media by Kenneth M. Mash, president, Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties, and Kathryn Morton, APSCUF communications director.
On Monday, April 8 included the Plenary Presentation: The History of Right to Work from the First Gilded Age to Janus with Cedric de Leon, Director and Associate Professor, UMass Amherst Labor Center, Elizabeth Tandy Shermer, Associate Professor, Loyola University Chicago, Chad E. Pearson, Professor of History, Collin College, and Sophia Z. Lee, Professor of Law and History, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Presenter and Moderator.
After some technical challenges with the microphones in the conference auditorium, that we noticed from the breakout room, this session presenters discussed the history of “right to work” and challenges to labor organization in the United States. The history included the Johnson County (Wyoming Range) War, and Hollywood Director Cecil B. DeMille and his support of National Right to Work Committee.
Workshop by SUNY SAIL Institute: Discovering My Leadership Voice with Scott Vinciguerra, Leadership Development Associate, SUNY Strategic and Academic Innovative Leadership Institute.
A takeaway from this interactive session was a group dynamics exercise that would be interesting to use with our students. We were presented with the code on the right and asked to form groups of three or four. We were asked as a group to develop a method to remember this code and to be able to use it to decode a message. It was an interesting ice-breaker for introductions and leadership in a small group.
Paul Krugman presented the conference Keynote: Market Power and Wage Stagnation.
The Distinguished Professor of Economics at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York spoke about the history of wage stagnation on the USA economy and on academic labor.
Panel: Progressive State Responses to Janus with Hon. Linda Greenstein, New Jersey State Senator, ReNika Moore, New York Attorney General’s Office Labor Bureau Chief, Maryann Parker, SEIU Associate General Counsel, Nancy Walker, Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office Chief Deputy Attorney General, Fair Labor Section, and Terri Gerstein, American Constitution Society and Harvard Law School Labor and Worklife Program, Moderator.
Connecticut was considered to be one of 9 progressive states. Terry Gerstein shared this General Guidance from CT Attorney General George Jepsen –
“Connecticut has a long and important tradition of supporting the
organized labor movement and the fundamental right of workers to
organize. Public sector employees play a crucial role in
communities across Connecticut. Each day they work hard to
ensure public safety, to protect public health, to educate our
children and to provide other critical services to our residents.”
“Employees who are nonmembers and paying agency fees as of
June 27, 2018 may choose to become a voluntary dues-paying
member by contacting the union that serves as the exclusive
representative…” (from https://portal.ct.gov/AG/General/Guidance_on_Janus).
The veteran New York Times labor report also spoke about “The Challenges Facing America’s Workers and Labor Unions”.
Panel: Mending Fences and Building Bridges: A Labor-Management Dialogue on Cultural and Institutional Change with Daniel Greenstein, Chancellor, Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, Kenneth Mash, President, Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties, and Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed, Moderator.
This friendly conversation between the Chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System and the President of the system’s faculty association illustrated the differing goals of the administration and faculty. A case in point, a financial challenges of a small state college, presented the conflict between state economics and the role of higher education for upper mobility.
Panel: Legal Issues in Higher Education: Annual Review of Court and Administrative Developments with Natasha Baker, Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP, Beth Margolis, Gladstein Reif & Meginniss LLP, Aaron Nisenson, Senior Counsel, AAUP, and Michael Loconto, College Counsel, Curry College, Moderator.
This annual review highlights current law cases, including developments in discrimination issues, collective bargaining, the effects of the Janus decision on faculty recruitment, and immigration issues.
PS: I would recommend that others consider attending this annual conference on collective bargaining next early Spring. This year, the CSU-AAUP delegation stayed at the The James New York NoMad in mid-town New York City. There was time to walk around the city before the sessions. Here I am before The Vessel, a new structure in Hudson Yards. We were near Curry Hill and the Flatiron neighbor and a walk from Grand Central Station. Please let me know if you have any questions on these notes. There were several supportive documents that I would be happy to share. Please contact me at email@example.com.
This is an evolving template for an electronic portfolio.
If you are interested in ePortfolios, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,600 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 27 trips to carry that many people.
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 4,500 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 8 years to get that many views.
This homepage would be used as a blogsite for occasional postings and announcements about this ePortfolio.
This blog features a menu for a template for an undergraduate ePortfolio that would used to display a student’s Eastern experience. This ePorfolio website also has links to related blogs.
For a powerpoint presentation that we are using in Fall 2011 to introduce students and faculty to developing ePortfolios, click here E-Portfolio 0811.
Professor Martin Seymour from the Communication Department has developed online modules on developing one’s ePortfolio using WordPress at http://seym3stu.wordpress.com/getting-started/ .
In Spring 2011, Abbie Beckoff, a first-year student then, developed this introducing powerpoint on the skydrive and connecting files to an ePortfolio in word press at
A presentation that includes a discussion of file security may be viewed here by clicking on
ePortfolio dev 0711
The template for those in the MS in Educational Technology program may be found at
An evolving blog on international connections in Education may be found at
The website for the Summer Institute for Future Teachers @ Eastern Connecticut State University, July 2011, may be found at http://sift2011.wordpress.com/.
Notes on our colloquium in World Religions may be found at
My recent writings may be found at
Dr. David Stoloff
DRAFT notes from the ePortfolio Community Meeting
Tuesday, November 16, 2010 – Hurley Hall, President’s Dining Room – 12 noon to 2:00 pm
We had some guests from Rhode Island College, who heard about our initiative form one of the NEASC visitors.
“Scott Badger, our primary trainer for Blackboard and MS Office support. Scott has worked with SharePoint and has a Windows Live account. Ryan Hanley, a staff trainer who supports Blackboard and Chalk & Wire, the assessment/portfolio application used by the Feinstein School of Education and Human Development at RIC. Ryan is a recent grad and he is very comfortable with social media.” – introduced by Pat Hays, Director of User Support Services, Rhode Island College …
Present – David Stoloff (recorder), Doncho Petkov, Jack Jolls, Weiping Liu, Nancy Wynn, David Oyanadel, Martin Seymour, Suzanne Dowling, Amilcah Gomes, Nanette Tummers, Helen Marx, Sudha Swaminathan, Linda Hotkowski (media support), Ryan Hanley and Scott Badger, Rhode Island College guests
3) Discussion of a potential December 2010 showcase on ePortfolios in Martin Semour’s class – to be further planned as a pilot assessment project
4) Holding a formal exhibition of ePortfolios in SP 2011 – probably in May – using a revised form of the AAC&U’s rubric and offering 6 prizes – Best Eastern ePortfolio 2011 for $250 – bookstore supplies – and five prizes of $150 for best in Connects to Experience, Connects to Discipline, Transfer, Integrated Communication, and Reflection and Self-Assessment.
5) Martin Seymour’s sections Fall 2010 has a good number of ePortfolios to view. Martin would showcase particularly two ePortfolios found at http://weikela.wordpress.com and at http://ecsusmithjenn.wordpress.com as examples of models for student ePortfolios.
In David Stoloff’s Tier I and II courses, there may be other ePortfolios that might be showcased in December 2010. Amilcah Gomes might also have some first-year students who might participate in a showcase in December.
6) Assessment planning – Further developing a rubric for ePortfolio assessment – SP 2010’s rubric, AAC&U VALUE rubrics, potential rubric – Integrative and Applied Learning VALUE Rubric, Tier III course rubric – more discussion is needed in developing a rubric that might be used for the SP 2011 competition.
The session ended about 1:30 pm with plans to organize a pilot assessment/showcase at the end of the Fall 2010 semester, encouragement that RIC and Eastern might collaborate more on projects in educational technology, and thanks to Martin Seymour for all of his enthusiasm and pioneering work with his students on developing the path for the best Eastern ePortfolios. Thanks to Scott and Ryan for coming to visit and sharing their expertise.
Please contact David Stoloff at email@example.com if you have any questions on these notes.