Dr. Jennifer Eberhardt will provide the opening plenary Wednesday evening, March 4. She will build upon material in her 2019 book, “Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do.” Offered in conjunction with Richland Library, Dr. Eberhardt is considered “one of the world’s leading experts on unconscious racial bias” by CBS News. She also has made appearances on NPR, CBS This Morning, The Daily Show and more!
Opening Plenary @ 7 p.m.
Wed, March 4
Dr. Heather Hackman has been teaching and training on social justice issues since 1992 and was a professor in the Department of Human Relations and Multicultural Education at St. Cloud State University in St Cloud, Minnesota for 12 years before she began focusing full time on consulting. She has taught courses in social justice and multicultural education (pre-service and in-service teachers), race and racism, heterosexism and homophobia, social justice education (higher education leadership), oppression and social change, sexism and gender oppression, class oppression, and Jewish oppression. She received her doctorate in social justice education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 2000, and has taught at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Westfield State College, Springfield College, St. Cloud State University, Hamline University, and the University of St. Thomas. In 2005, she founded Hackman Consulting Group and consults nationally on issues of deep diversity, equity and social justice and has focused most of her recent training work on issues of racism and white privilege, gender oppression, heterosexism and homophobia, and classism.
Closing Plenary: Facing Whiteness
Friday, March 6
Ericka Hines, Principal of Every Level Leadership, is a consultant, advisor, strategist, and senior trainer who works with organizations to align their commitment to inclusion and equity with their everyday actions and operations. She has worked with government agencies, nonprofits and foundations across the country to help their staff and stakeholders learn how to work in more inclusive cultures. . To date, she has trained over 3000 individuals in skills that will help them be more inclusive , equitable and skilled leaders for their teams and organizations. She has also served a lead researcher and a contributing author to the national publication: Awake to Woke to Work: Building a Race Equity Culture published in 2018 by Equity in the Center. She holds a Juris Doctor from the University Of Georgia School Of Law and a B.A. Political Science from Wright State University. Clients have included the ProInspire, Equity in the Center, Save The Children, National Human Services Assembly, Urban Institute, Friends Committee on National Legislation and the National Civilian Conservation Corps. She holds a Juris Doctor from the University Of Georgia School Of Law and a B.A. Political Science from Wright State University.
Dr. Kathryn M. Silva is the Chair of the Department of Humanities and assistant professor of History at Claflin University, the oldest Historically Black College in South Carolina. Her teaching includes the role of race and gender in the United States and the World. Courses include Lowcountry in the Atlantic World, History of Women in the United States, African Kingdoms, and the History of Modern Africa. She has recently published, “Daughters and Sons of the Dust: The Challenges of Accuracy in African American Historical Film” The History Teacher, in the issue “Race in the United States, Part I: African Slave Trade,” (February 2018) and “African American Millhands, the Durham Hosiery Mills, and the Politics of Race and Gender in the Durham’s Textile Industry, 1903-1920” North Carolina Historical Review, Spring 2017. Her book manuscript in progress, “At Times We May Seem Bold:” African American Women in the Southern Textile Industry,” examines the role of women in the southern textile industry from slavery to Civil Rights. She served as co-lead writer and Program Director on a $500,000 three-year Andrew W. Mellon Grant awarded in December 2017 to aid Claflin in infusing workforce competencies in Humanities General Education courses. She holds a B.A. in History and Africana Studies from the University of Massachusetts, Boston and a Master’s and Doctorate in History from the University of South Carolina.