SUN NOTES: Building Practices of Solidarity, Caring, Mutual Help, and Accountability Breakout Session
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Du Boisian Scholar Network, 2019 Convening
Session Notes
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Note Taker(s):Harleen Kaur
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Email of Note taker(s):harleenkaur@ucla.edu
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Date:Sun, May 5
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I. TopicsII. Summary CommentsIII. Action Item
IV. Date of First Contact/Follow Up
V. Contact Lead Name(s)VI. Contact Lead Email
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SOLIDARITY
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who are we sharing space with?Encouraging language more approachable to non-academicsDominique Morgandominique@blackandpink.org
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Encouraging more intentional, useful interactions (e.g., making interactions more useful for activists)
Dominique Morgandominique@blackandpink.org
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seeking to understand violence we're complicit in through our universities
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redistribute campus resources particularly for incarcerated communitiesRedistributing campus resources to incarcerated communitiesAnthony Williamsantwilliams@ucla.edu
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being honest about our work-life balance (addressing imposter syndrome)
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getting together more/more connection for network
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do no harm for DBSNWorking on a "Do No Harm" kind of oathKara Young, Kayla Thomas, Barbara Combs, Dominique Morganyoung2651@osu.edu, kayla.thomas@yale.edu, bcombs@cau.edu, dominique@blackandpink.org
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citation listCreating a citations list of DBSN scholarsYvonne Chenyvonne.chen@vanderbilt.edu
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readingCreating a reading list of DBSN materials (including scholars that Du Bois himself denied)Elizabeth Adetibaelizabeth.adetiba@columbia.edu
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twitter list for public scholarshipCreating (or expanding a pre-existing) Twitter list of student interested in public scholarshipNicole Bederanbedera@umich.edu
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virtual support groups for similar interests & critical feedback group within the networkEstablishing a community to offer substantive feedback/peer review to critical scholars
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support groups with sexual assault scholarsExpanding a pre-existing support group for sexual violence scholarsNicole Bederanbedera@umich.edu
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CARING
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information sharing
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organizing within the dept for change
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non physical ways of support/caring (no more meetings!!)
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not waiting until people are broken to support them & building networks of support
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sharing hidden curriculumdata archive, sharing fellowships etcDIGITAL RESOURCE SHARING: people who can provide knowledge, tools & skills, things that have been created & shared for us, practices of careChris Chambers (content collection), Harleen Kaur (platform creation)cchambe4@providence.edu, harleenkaur@ucla.edu
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self care! so you can help othersspeficic wellness practices that are accessilbe in terms of location & financialDBSN webinar series/virtual 6-month reconnectionZuri Murphyzurimurphy@gmail.com
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template for organizing within the departmentHarleen Kaurharleenkaur@ucla.edu
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MUTUAL HELP
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resources & social interactions & networkingaccessibility and equity (e.g., sharing google drives of information, grant writing for the the DBSN data archive)Jennifer Jones, Zawadi Rucks-Ahidiana, Rod Martinezjjone34@uic.edu, zra-soc@berkeley.edu, roddmtz@terpmail.umd.edu
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accounting for work & resources done outside the institution of the PhD/academiaAccessibility of information and labor and resourcesKali Tambreekatambree@g.ucla.edu
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Giving/Committing to 2 non-academy audience talks a year - community academyDeAnna Smithdeasmith@umich.edu
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Black girlhood multidisciplinary syllabus & repository (emerging & existing work)
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Diversity working group: Pitch it as departmental benefit. Focus on recruitment and retentionJennifer Jonesjjone34@uic.edu
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ACCOUNTABILITY
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each panel has a varying representation -- grad student, prof, community member, activist, etcthinking about the representativity of the board and other organising bodies in terms of the power differentials within the network (adjuncts, graduate students, independent scholars, activists, non academics, tenure track or tenured scholars, emeritii etc.)
Anthony Williams & prabhdeep singh kehalantwilliams@g.ucla.edu
prabhdeep_kehal@brown.edu
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mapping or index of the various institutions in the network in order to visualize our resources and limits: what is lacking & present at each & how they can be connected)Gwen Prowsegwen.prowse@yale.edu
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building of an evaluative template for departments in regards to questions of diversity and emancipatory research, departments could eventually call for a DBSN "audit": audit group - evaluative assessment of what is happening at the dept & the research within itNnaemeka Ekwelum
Chrystel Oloukoi
ekwelum@u.northwestern.edu
coloukoi@g.harvard.edu
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how do we address harm?restorative justice template to deal with harm within the network: means both building a normative structure for interpersonal relations within the network and ways with dealing with breach of that structureChristina Chica
Jenni Mueller
cchica24@ucla.edu
jmueller@skidmore.edu
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how do we create space for people to make mistakes & recover?atoning for your work being used for problematic policiesmodeling our ideal scholarship within our departments
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