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Explore climate and environmental justice with BSFO

Kendrick Davis (UC Riverside), Savi Horne (Land Loss Prevention Project), David Pellow (UC Santa Barbara) and Jade Sasser (UC Riverside)

On Thursday, Feb. 17, from 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. (PT), all UCOP staff are encouraged to join the Black Staff and Faculty Organization (BSFO) for a climate panel.

We will welcome several experts for a discussion on topics surrounding climate and environmental justice, with a focus on the Black community’s climate change experience through varied lenses such as health, Critical Race Theory, Feminist Theory and land loss.

The event will be moderated by Michaela James (UCOP).

Featured panelists

  • Kendrick Davis, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Assessment and Evaluation, UC Riverside School of Medicine
  • Savi Horne, J.D., Executive Director,  North Carolina Association of Black Lawyers, Land Loss Prevention Project
  • David Pellow, Ph.D., Dehlsen and Department Chair of Environmental Studies and Director of the Global Environmental Justice Project, UC Santa Barbara
  • Jade Sasser, Ph.D., Associate Professor of of Gender and Sexuality Studies, UC Riverside

Join us

  • What: BSFO Climate Panel
  • When: Thursday, Feb. 17, from 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. (PT)
  • Zoom link: Join the meeting here

For questions, contact

Save the dates for more Black History Month events at UCOP

Celebration of Oral Traditions
Feb. 22, 3-4 p.m.
Dr. Linda Humes (John Jay College) will present a lecture on the history and importance of the oral tradition in African and African American history. Two other professional storytellers, Masankho Banda and Oba William King, will follow Dr. Humes with traditional storytelling performances. Sponsored by BSFO.
– Oral Traditions Zoom Link

Black Thriving: A UC Irvine Initiative
Feb. 23, 12 – 1 p.m. 
UC Irvine Vice-Chancellor and Professor Doug Haynes, Ph.D., will discuss the campus’ Black Thriving Initiative — a whole-university approach that recognizes and responds to anti-Blackness as an existential threat to the mission of the public research university. Vice-Chancellor Haynes will discuss the ways in which depriving Black people of their full participation in society and university life can compromise an institution’s capacity to educate, discover, create and heal, and how initiatives like UC Irvine’s leverage the mission of the university and change institutional culture. Sponsored by GUEA and OWIB.
– Register for Black Thriving

A Conversation with President Drake
Feb. 25, 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
President Drake will sit down with the former head librarian of the Oakland History Center, Dorothy Lazard, to discuss African American history in Oakland and beyond. Sponsored by BSFO.
– Link will be provided soon.

Anti-Racism Task Force/Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Update
Feb. 28, 12 – 12:40 p.m.
The UCOP Anti-Racism Task Force’s (ARTF) Core Planning Team leaders will present updates on the implementation of the approved ARTF recommendations. Sponsored by BSFO.
ARTF Zoom link

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