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UMass Dignity and Respect in Action: The Podcast

24 EpisodesProduced by UMass Office of Equity and InclusionWebsite

Welcome to the Dignity and Respect in Action podcast. This series is brought to you by the UMass Office of Equity and Inclusion, and features members of the University community and other experts in the field of diversity, equity, and inclusion. In this podcast, we’ll learn about the work and experi… read more

24 Episodes | 2020 - 2022

Sara Littlecrow Russell and Jeff Hescock on UMass’ Smudging Policy

October 5th, 2022


Sara and Jeff join Nef Walker to discuss the updated smudging policy at UMass. Smudging is traditionally a ceremony for purifying or cleansing the …

Christian Smith and Hope Evelyn of CCPH Talk Psychological Health and Diversity

January 4th, 2022


Christian and Hope join us to talk about the services they have at CCPH and about taking care of ourselves during times of stress. After a …

Corey Griffin of FSAP on Personal Well-being and Campus Resources for Mental Health

December 9th, 2021


In this episode, we talk to Dr. Corey Griffin, director of the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (soon to be ECCO). We discuss the challenges of …

Amilcar Shabazz on Juneteenth and Black History & Representation in Education

November 22nd, 2021


Professor of history and Africana Studies in the W. E. B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies Amilcar Shabazz talks about his successful …

Stepping Outside the Diversity Box with Dr. Micere Keels

November 2nd, 2021


In this episode we welcome Dr. Micere Keels, Associate Professor in Comparative Human Development at the University of Chicago and the author of "Campus Counterspaces". Micere and Nef talk about the importance of …

The Importance of Disability Visibility and Community

September 29th, 2021


Vice Chancellor Nef Walker interviews Melinda LeLacheur, Michele Cooke, and Samm Delorey from the UMass Allies for Illness and Disability Access (UMAIDA) Network. They discuss the work of UMAIDA, their personal …

The UMass Immigrant Experience: Celia Almeida

September 14th, 2021


This week we talk with Celia Almeida, who is both a staff member and student at UMass Amherst. Celia moved to the U.S. at the age of 17 from Cape Verde and recounts her challenges as a teenager struggling to learn …

The ABCs of Resilience with Ginny Chandler

September 8th, 2021


Dr. Genevieve "Ginny" Chandler's research and work focuses on resilience, which she defines as “recognizing your internal and external supports to manage stress.” She joins us to talk about her concept of resilience and …

UMass iCons and Fighting Institutionalized Racism with Dr. Scott Auerbach

June 3rd, 2021


This week we're joined by Dr. Scott Auerbach, Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and Mahoney Family Sponsored Executive Director of the UMass iCons (Integrated Concentration in Science) Program. In this …

Nurturing Our Students with Dr. Linda Ziegenbein

May 12th, 2021


This week we welcome Dr. Linda Ziegenbein, Interim Director of the College of Natural Sciences Office of Student Success and Diversity and lecturer …

A Conversation with Associate Dean Ann Marie Russell

March 24th, 2021


Our guest this week is Dr. Ann Marie Russell, Associate Dean for Student Recruitment, Inclusion, and Success at the Commonwealth Honors College. Ann …

Design Justice with Dr. Rae Walker

March 9th, 2021


We welcome Dr. Rae Walker for an in-depth talk about healthcare innovation, technology, bias in technology, and design justice. Dr. Walker is an …

Dr. Genny Beemyn Discusses Gender Diversity and Allyship

March 4th, 2021


We take a deep dive into Gender Diversity on campus here at UMass, and in broader community and academic contexts. In this episode, we welcome the …

The Black Experience Series Part 2: Dominique Price '12, Creator of BlackedOutGame

March 2nd, 2021


We welcome Dominique Price, UMass Alumnus from the class of 2012, and creator of the BlackedOutGame. You may have seen Dominique playing football for UMass during his time as a student, on the TV show Temptation Island, …

The Black Experience Series Part 4: The UMass Black Presence Project with Dr. John Bracey and Dr. Whitney Battle-Baptiste

March 2nd, 2021


In the fourth and final episode in our series of Podcasts for Black History & Heritage Month that celebrates the Black experience at UMass, Dr. Walker welcomes two people who are deeply committed to the Black …

The Black Experience Series Part 3: Dr. Jamila Lyiscott and Dr. Keisha Green 

February 24th, 2021


In this episode, we welcome Dr. Jamila Lyiscott and Dr. Keisha Green, faculty in the college of education and Directors of the UMass Center of Racial …

The Black Experience Series Part 1: Gregory Thomas

February 17th, 2021


This week, we welcome Gregory Thomas, Executive Director & Lecturer at the UMass Isenberg Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship Management and UMass class of 1991 Alum for the OEI Black Experience Series. We talk …

Getting to Know UMass ADVANCE

February 3rd, 2021


This week, we welcome Dr. Laurel Smith-Doerr, Dr. Ethel Mickey, Dr. James Allan, and Dr. Nilanjana Gupta for a conversation on the NSF grant funded ADVANCE program at UMass Amherst. Launched in 2018 by an …

The UMass International Programs Office featuring Kalpen Trivedi and Chrystal George Mwangi

November 10th, 2020


This week, we welcome Kalpen Trivedi, Associate Provost and Director of the International Programs Office and Chrystal George Mwangi, Associate Professor of Higher Education and Chancellor's Leadership Fellow. They will …

An Intro to the UMass Inclusive Excellence Program

October 14th, 2020


Nef interviews Gabriella Weaver, Elizabeth Connor, and Jessica Rocheleau about the  Inclusive Excellence Program. 

The Alliance Against Ableism with Jeff Edelstein and David Paquette

September 30th, 2020


Dr. Nefertiti Walker interviews Jeff Edelstein and David Paquette from the Alliance Against Ableism (AAA), formed in February 2019. The AAA aims to …

Interview with the UMass Racial Justice Coalition

September 9th, 2020


Dr. Nefertiti Walker talks to Zachary Steward '22, Sophia Chang '22, Sofia Meadows-Muriel '22, and Emily Steen '21 of the UMass Racial Justice Coalition. The students of the RJC came together to address anti black …

Interview with Dr. Whitney Battle-Baptiste on Anti-Black Racism

August 31st, 2020


Dr. Whitney Battle-Baptiste is an historical archaeologist, tenured full professor in the department of anthropology, and director of the UMass …

Special Episode on the Anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington

August 31st, 2020


Jonathan Kermah, a 2020 UMass Amherst graduate, interviews John Bracey, professor in the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies, at about his experiences leading up to the 1963 March on Washington and the …

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