Summer of Social Justice

UC's DAAP students helped paint the new Black Lives Matter mural in downtown Cincinnati. Photo Courtesy of Austin Neal @austinneal

The CECH DEI Board echoes the comments shared by President Pinto and Dean Johnson around the recent racial injustices in this country. 

We, the members of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Board, who have representation from the Dean's Office and each of our four schools – Education, Criminal Justice, Human Services, and Information Technology, would like to add that now more than ever, each one of us has a responsibility to prepare our students as the next generation of socially-just educators and administrators, legal and social advocates, sports and health leaders, counseling professionals, and providers of technology and digital communication. 

We also support all of our colleagues who are suffering the pain that this moment brings. We recognize that sadly, it is not the first. Over the summer, the board shared some resources/suggestions that will help guide your actions on what can be done as we all move through these moments of, Unrest-Protest-Progress. 

Summer of Social Justice

The CECH Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Board presented a summer series of thought-provoking resources focused on spurring racial awareness, dialogue, and understanding. The time for change is now. It is our goal that these resources help us to move from the plight of unrest to a position of progress.

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” ― Barack Obama

Official Call to Action for Racial Equity for the Black Community at the University of Cincinnati

Camryn Morrow standing near some sun flowers

In response to the series of inexcusable tragedies that have occurred within the Black community across the nation, Camryn Morrow and a team of her fellow Student Government representatives were compelled to move beyond just support for the Black Lives Matter movement and into action. A letter was sent to the University’s Board of Trustees and other University executives with a call to action for enacting much-needed racial equity on campus, with an emphasis on justice for the Black community. The University of Cincinnati has historically failed to act in the interests of the Black community and has neglected to create and sustain an environment where Black scholars can lead a dynamic and edifying collegiate experience. No longer will we be silent about this. Within this letter, we list ten concrete demands of which we believe will begin to revolutionize our University into a place that is truly inclusive of all students. Please find the letter here.  Here is a link to every resource for this cause.

Pledge to Dismantle White Supremacy Within Ourselves and Our Institutions

Profile photo of Megan Lamkin

As people across the nation and world are rising up to demand an end to systemic racism, many at UC are wondering what we can do to end it right here in our own institution. As a way of organizing faculty and staff who recognize that it is beyond time for the dominant majority to hold ourselves accountable for enabling systemic racism at UC, Megan Lamkin developed the Pledge to Dismantle White Supremacy Within Ourselves and Our Institutions. Megan is an Assistant Professor (Educator) and Program Director for Undergraduate Research at the University of Cincinnati. The pledge was inspired by Layla F. Saad’s (2020) Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World and Become a Good Ancestor. The pledge will be revisited in 1 year, after which it will be revised and recirculated in order to deepen our commitment. While this pledge targets white faculty and staff, all colleagues are invited to participate.

Using Your Platform

As an academic institution, we have a platform to not only impact change, but to lead the way in educating ourselves, our students, and our community. The University of Cincinnati has great talent in its faculty and staff. Each of us has the power and influence to mitigate the harmful effects of racial injustice. One way to start is by creating courses aimed at educating students on racial inclusivity. If not a course, then course content. Find courses in your program where discussions on race and the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion can be incorporated.  

Black Lives Matter Showing solidarity by painting a mural

At the very least, a simple step towards progress is to include a statement in every syllabus addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” ― Nelson Mandela

Take Action

Now more than ever, we need to come together and be united against injustice and racism.

Many of you have reached out with kind words, thoughts, as well as questions about ways you can help make a positive change in this world.  Here are a few thoughts:

1 - Lean into the discomfort

2 - Be okay with Civil Discourse

3 - Access your grief

4 - Educate yourself


We all have something to give, whether it is money, time, or resources.  Consider how you can best support a more racially-just society. “Philanthropy is about solving problems.” Naveen Jain

Join a Board or Organization

  • Campaign Zero: a group dedicated to police reform and reducing violence through policy change.
  • The Loveland Foundation: an organization focused on providing mental health support for black women and girls.

Criminal Justice Reform

Create or sign a petition.

Vote for leaders who support anti-racist practices.

Make a call, send an email, or write a letter


Cincinnati Councilmember Jan-Michele Lemon Kearney and the Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio want you to support local black-owned businesses through the COVID-19 pandemic in an initiative called #CincyBuyBlackThursdays. Log onto these local African American websites to search for local Black owned businesses:

To quote content from Black Lives Matter, "Join the movement to fight for Freedom, Liberation, and Justice." Campaign for racial equality and social justice by becoming a crusader.

Race-related Artistic Expressions 

  • Participate in designated mental health evidence-based/ informed program instructor training (Date and Location TBD) 
  • Disseminate mental health certification classes in communities 
  • Outreach to local community for course participants, as well as recruit and engage community partners 
  • Market program through press releases, social media and informational sessions 
  • Track each participant certified through pre and post evaluations 
  • Full-time AmeriCorps position - 1700 service hours – 40 hours per week, 5 holidays, 2.5 personal days 
  • To apply, please send resume to

On June 6, 2020, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program within the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement made changes to immigration policy that will potentially impact the international student community at the University of Cincinnati. Source

The changes to immigration policy do not reflect our commitment to promote diversity within our university and to honor and support our international student community. Such changes may severely restrict the academic and research pursuits of valuable members of our student body.

On behalf of the CECH Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Board, we stand behind our international students. As our mission statement reads: The College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services at the University of Cincinnati serves as a model of and resource for diversity that actively supports, empowers, prepares, respects, and celebrates all students, staff, faculty, and community members by advancing, sustaining and promoting diversity and inclusion in our personal reflections, intellectual pursuits, and professional development.

International Students and Immigration Policy

  • We would like to share the great news that the international student immigration policy has been rescinded! Read the New York Times article regarding International Student Policy

Dear LGBTQ+ FSA Members & UC Community,

The ongoing threat to trans people across the country has hit home especially hard this past week with the murder of Riah Milton. Amid several public health crises, the targeting of trans people, especially Black trans women, continues to devastate our communities. The LGBTQ+ Faculty & Staff Association board sends our love and condolences to the family of Ms. Milton and thoughts to anyone in our community who is affected by this latest attack. While there have been reports in local and national media that Ms. Milton was a former UC student, our Dean of Students, Dr. Juan Guardia has confirmed that there is no record of Ms. Milton attending our institution. This, however, does not change the fact that her murder has our community worried about the safety and protection of our trans members.

As the board of the LGBTQ+ Faculty & Staff Association, we are writing this not just to share in our community’s concerns and to express solidarity, but to let you know about the protections and resources available to trans employees and students at UC. Title IX protects students against discrimination and harassment based on gender identity while UC Policy 11-01 “Affirmative Action & Equal Employment Opportunities” ensures similar protections for employees (furthermore, Title VII, as of last week, ensures federal employment protections based on gender identity). We also want to point you to our LGBTQ+ FSA page in Bearcats Landing, which contains a list of community resources, should you need them.

As outlined in our bylaws, the LGBTQ+ Faculty & Staff Association works to “advocate, provide support opportunities, and create a safe and secure professional environment for LGBTQ faculty and staff at the University of Cincinnati.” If you have any concerns regarding the protection of our LGBTQ+ faculty and staff, please do not hesitate to contact us.

We also would like to take this opportunity and encourage you to extend your support to your students, whether they identify as transgender/gender-nonconforming or not. The murder of Ms. Milton undoubtedly has many people concerned about the safety and support of our community. Sharing thoughts of solidarity as well as resources related to gender identity can go a long way. If you choose to do so, here are some campus and community resources you can include:

  • Title IX (federal policy protecting students based on gender and gender identity)
  • LGBTQ Center (UC’s main support for LGBTQ+ students; page includes list of campus resources)
  • Equitas Trans Health (health care services designed for trans people)
  • (advocacy and support network for trans people in Ohio)
  • (national organization providing homecooked meals to Black trans people)

Especially for allies:

We want to reiterate that an important part of our mission as an FSA is to support and advocate for our community. If you have suggestions as to how we can further this mission, please email us at

University of Cincinnati LGBTQ+ Faculty & Staff Association Executive Board

A victory for the LGBTQ+ community! The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that a landmark civil rights law protects gay and transgender workers from workplace discrimination, handing the movement for L.G.B.T. equality a long-sought and unexpected victory. Workplace discrimination has been lawful in most of the country, until this law was recently passed. Supporters of L.G.B.T. rights were elated by the ruling, which they said was long overdue. “This is a simple and profound victory for L.G.B.T. civil rights,” said Suzanne B. Goldberg, a law professor at Columbia. “Many of us feared that the court was poised to gut sex discrimination protections and allow employers to discriminate based on sexual orientation and gender identity, yet it declined the federal government’s invitation to take that damaging path.”

Cincinnati for Justice group is a forum where individuals can share information, rally support, and connect with those who want to help  those in need. The group exists as a megaphone to amplify the voices of change in Cincinnati. We seek to bring justice to our city and spread the message that unity conquers hate.

Events and Workshops:

  • Vigil Against Police Violence - June 9
  • Daily Demonstration at Cincinnati Courthouse - June 12
  • Black Lives Matter: Clifton Protest - June 14

Cincinnati for Justice: Summer Series

  • Systematic Racism - June 27
  • Mental Health & Incarceration - July 18
  • Healing Event - August 30

Join the Cincinnati for Change Facebook Group for a list of upcoming events. 

Group of students attending the event outside
Three students who organized these workshops
Group of students listening the the organizer speak

 Anti-Harassment/Non-Discrimination Seminar Level 1 (OEOA) Facilitators: Brandon Craig, Asst Dir, Office of Equal Opportunity & Access Tracey Johnson, Investigator, Equal Opportunity & Access  

  • August 20, 2020, 2:00-3:30, via WebEx  
  • September 2, 2020, 10:00-11:30, via WebEx  
  • October 12, 2020, 2:00-3:30, via WebEx  
  • November 19, 2020, 9:00-10:30, via WebEx  
  • December 9, 2020, 10:00-11:30, via WebEx  

Inclusion Advocacy in Support Of Equitable Hiring Processes (OEOA) Facilitators: Matthew Olovson. Executive Director, Office of Equal Opportunity & Access. Interim Executive Director, Office of Gender Equity & Inclusion / Title IX Coordinator  

  • September 8, 2020, 11:00-12:30, via WebEx  
  • October 15, 2020, 9:30-11:00, via WebEx  
  • November 13, 2020, 1:30-3:00, via WebEx  
  • December 7, 2020, 10:30-12:00, via WebEx  

WebEx Workshops

If you require an accommodation or other assistance to participate in any of these workshops, please notify Huda Kebede at 556-5503 or  

The student registration form for UC Career Education's first-ever FREE virtual Healthcare Workforce Diversity Symposium is open! This event is funded by a UC Urban Health Pathways grant. The free, online event takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, November 4, 2020.

These sessions are designed to serve as a space for sharing; a conversation that allows members of the campus community to seek and offer support.  Learn more about 'Standing in Solidarity: Can we Talk?' by reading our news post on Bearcats LandingTo register, click a session link below:

Please contact Dy'an Marinos at to request any assistance and/or accommodation you need to fully participate in this experience. Requests should be made within three business days of the session you would like to attend. 

Monday, July 27th, 1:00 – 4:00 pm or while supplies last, Xavier University, 3800 Victory Parkway, Cincinnati (enter from Dana)   

Drive-thru distribution of 1,400 boxes of food from Farms to Families   Questions? Call 513.672.3720

This fall, Queens Village is sponsoring black women to join urban league’s career insights health care program in partnership with Cincinnati Children’s. If you are interested in getting in health care and love caring for others, career insight is for you! 

Get started by registering for an upcoming SOAR training (SOAR training must be complete to participate in Career Insight): 

  •  July 27-31, August 3-7, August 17-21 
  • All SOAR Trainings are held virtually Monday-Friday, 10am-2pm 


Blalock Lectures are an integral part of the ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research. They are presented in the evening from 7:30 to 9 p.m. EDT outside of the regular curriculum.

  • These lectures are all FREE to join and open to the public. Each lecture will be available via this Zoom link: 2020 Blalock Zoom Webinars.
  • In addition, each lecture is recorded and will be available on the Summer Program YouTube channel in this playlist: 2020 Blalock Lecture Series


  • July 21: "Choices and Challenges in Pre-election Polling" - Scott Keeter, Pew Research Center
  • July 22: "Research Developments in the Study of Racialized Resentment" - David Wilson, University of Delaware
  • July 28: "The American National Election Study and Archived Data at ICPSR" - Vincent Hutchings, University of Michigan; David Thomas, University of Michigan
  • July 29: "Citizen Forecasting: The Formation of Voter Expectations and Their Aggregate Accuracy" - Mary Stegmaier, University of Missouri
  • July 30: "Preparing to Teach for the First (or Second) Time" - Lynette Hoelter, University of Michigan; Esther Wilder, Lehman College; Andrea Benjamin, University of Oklahoma
  • August 4: "Statistical Models of Election Outcomes" - Andrew Gelman, Columbia University
  • August 5: "Health Disparities across the Life Cycle" - DeAnnah Byrd, Wayne State University
  • August 6: "Detroit Metropolitan Area Community Study and Archived Data at ICPSR" - Jeff Morenoff, University of Michigan
  • August 11: "The Chitwan Valley Family Study and Archived Data at ICPSR" - Bill Axinn, University of Michigan; Lynette Hoelter, University of Michigan
  • August 12: "Identity Development among Young Black Men" - Lloyd Talley, University of Michigan

UC’s annual Digital Inclusion Day Conference will be held on July 22 (main day of events) and 23 (targeted “deep dive” tech sessions and training, as well as round table discussions). The event will be delivered using Microsoft Teams Live. You are welcome to register for one or both days.

  • The Americans with Disabilities Act turns 30 on July 26, and this event will be both a training and learning day as well as a celebration of this important milestone. 
  • You can review this information and more on the Digital Inclusion Day website and this link will take you directly to Digital Inclusion Day Registration . 

The Office of Gender Equity & Inclusion would like to invite the UC community to participate in the workshop Introduction to Office of Gender Equity & Inclusion. 

This presentation will introduce the office formally known as Title IX. Participants will meet the staff, gain an understanding of the mission of the office, and receive a refresher on the university’s commitment to responding to harassment and/or discrimination. Participants will learn about resources available to them as an employee or student. Participants can register for this workshop through Faculty One Stop or by clicking each date above.

Thursday June 25, 2020 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm & Tuesday July 7, 2020 10:00 am - 11:00 am

If accommodations are needed please notify Alexa Justice, the Gender Equity & Inclusion Administrative Coordinator, at (513)556-3349 or in advance of the workshop.

The institute's workshops, conducted by experts in the field, focus on educational, legal, and health implications for young people of color. Sessions are designed to change both mindsets and practices. The overall goal of SIEEJ is to build a community of practice singularly focused on the strengths, challenges, and opportunities in the lives of young people of color and the communities in which they live. Register

  • June 22 – June 24, online event
  • This year's theme is Uplifting Women and Girls of Color Through Antiracist Pedagogy, Practice, and Policies.

Wednesday, June 17th, 2020, 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Virtual EOC Retreat Agenda at a Glance:

  • 2pm – 2:10pm: Virtual EOC Retreat “Kickoff”
  • 2:10pm – 3:10pm: Workshop 1:  EEOC: Eliminating Barriers to Employment (Presenter: Brien Shoemaker, EEOC Outreach and Education Coordinator)
  • 3:10pm – 3:20pm: BREAK
  • 3:20pm - 4:20pm: Workshop 2: OFCCP: Moving Beyond Compliance (Presenter: Dustin Ward, OFCCP Compliance Officer)
  • 4:20pm – 4:30 pm: Closing

Register on Faculty One Stop: #061720

If you need accommodations or have questions, please email


Upcoming workshops offered by the Division of Equity, Inclusion & Community Impact including a new offering, Self-Care in Self-Isolation:

  • Do you know a child who has difficulty responding to life's challenges?  Struggle with stress or anxiety?  Act out in response to changes in the environment or unwanted demands?  If so, AIM could help!
  • The University of Cincinnati's Advancement & Transition Services (ATS) ​is offering a 6-week AIM Clinic for children ages 11-14.  AIM is a behavior analytic curriculum for social-emotional development in children. It blends best practice in behavior analysis, mindfulness and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to teach practical solutions for meeting life’s challenges with flexible thinking.
  • To sign up please complete a screening form by Friday, June 5, 2020. 
  • Starting Wednesday, June 3rd from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm EDT, and weekly thereafter, CPS Colleagues and Partners we will be launching a weekly student discussion series as part of our student voice and empowerment in the call for change, the recognition of trauma, and the need to recreate the system in response to the long line of black men and women killed as a result of the color of their skin.
  • To join, select from the following options:
    1) Web Browser
    2) Joining via a mobile device?
  • Download the app if you don’t have it already, then enter event ID: rvehxjjw
  • CPS' statement on the murder of George Floyd.



Spotlight on Dean Johnson’s Pick   

‘Strange Fruit’: – How Black Artists defied U.S. Racism Got it Right and Paid the Price

Other Music to Consider: 

  • Rise Up by Andra Day  
  • I Just Wanna Live by Keedron Bryant  
  • Freedom by Pharrell Williams  
  • This is America by Childish Gambino


  • Just Mercy
  • Selma  
  • Queen and Slim  
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks  
  • Loving

Youtube Videos

Watch "We Want What You Want" - Black Lives Matter Mural Painting - Cincinnati, Ohio


Further Education

Civil Rights Data Collection Quick Statistics  

  • 49.7 percent of public school students are students of color: 24.7 percent Hispanic or Latino of any race, 15.5 percent black or African-American, 4.8 percent Asian, 3.1 percent two or more races.  
  • Black preschoolers are 3.6 times more likely to be suspended than white preschoolers.  
  • 51 percent of high schools with high black and Latino enrollment also have assigned police officers.  
  • Black students are 2.3 times more likely than white students to be referred to law enforcement or arrested as a result of a school incident.  
  • Fewer than 3 percent of English Language Learners (ELLs) are in gifted programs, though they make up 11 percent of students at the schools that offer those programs.  
  • Black and Latino students make up 38 percent of those enrolled at schools that offer AP courses — but less than a third of students taking AP courses. Similar disparities were found in advanced math and science courses like chemistry, physics, algebra II and calculus.  
  • In schools with high black and Latino enrollment, 10 percent of teachers were in their first year, compared with 5 percent in largely white schools. 

You can find it on Catalyst when you look for SPAN 1070 LA POP CULTURE. You will study contemporary cultural expressions and practices from Latin America such as music (reguetton), sports (fútbol), television (Narcos series), street art (Graffiti), and street food.  

  • It is completely taught in English! Anyone can take it. It has no pre-requisites.
  • This is a World Culture course that suits the SCE requirement of BoKs (Breath of knowledge) that you need for your bachelor’s degree.
  • It will be offered on-line during the second part of the summer semester.
  • It is a 3-credit course that will be taught for 5 weeks (July 6th – August 8th)
  • For more information about this course, contact Dr. Andrea Beaudoin-Valenzuela at

This week’s resources focus on taking a look at our own biases and challenging ourselves through training and becoming more cognizant of social justice issues.

Project Implicit – Test your biases 

Southern Poverty Law Center

21-day Racial Habit Building Challenge

White Men: Time to Discover Your Cultural Blind Spots | Michael Welp | TEDxBend