Dr. André L. Churchwell, vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer, will sit down with a panel of Vanderbilt faculty and students to discuss meaningful allyship and steps one can take to be a good ally during this year’s first “This Moment in America” discussion.
The virtual event is scheduled for 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 10, and is open to the Vanderbilt community, including all students, staff, faculty members, postdoctoral fellows and alumni.
The events of the past year and a half have highlighted the vast inequities and challenges that marginalized communities face daily, resulting in heightened calls for social justice and awareness and bringing to light the need for allies. Sometimes allyship may not translate into actions or drive plausible changes.
The panel will be moderated by Churchwell and feature insights from Professor Ebony McGee, who is well known for her works surrounding meaningful, effective allyship and all it entails. The discussion will explore what it means to be an effective ally, as well as each panelist’s experiences with effective and ineffective allyship.
Panelists will include:
- André L. Churchwell, vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer
- Ebony McGee, professor of diversity and STEM education, Department of Teaching and Learning, Peabody College
- Antentor Othrell Hinton Jr., assistant professor, Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, School of Medicine Basic Sciences
- Slavina Goleva, Graduate School alumna from the Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics and postdoctoral fellow at the National Institutes of Health
- Tiffany Richardson, doctoral candidate in molecular physiology and biophysics
This panel discussion will be available for viewing later.