Diversity and Social Justice 

April 2021

Dear DSJ Colleague,

We're almost there! Let's do our best to practice self-care, breathe and take short walks.

Shout out to our 23 colleagues, Chris Agnew, Janet Bednarek, Corinne Daprano, Simanti Dasgupta, Stephanie Dhuman Giron, Sam Dorf, David Fine, Glenna Jennings, Stephanie Litka, Joy Losee, Molly Malany Sayre, Novea McIntosh, Tom Morgan, Leslie Picca, Joel Pruce, Arne Romanowski, Tereza Szeghi, Denise Taylor, who supported the Diversity ILG Working Group efforts by circulating a DSJ survey in their courses. Our response rate was remarkable and students' insights will be valuable as we continue enhancing our curriculum. 

I hope you will find some helpful resources in this update, and join us in recommending a book for our Summer 2021 DSJreads List, and taking this quick poll regarding a potential DSJ listserv.

Please do not hesitate to reach out if I can be of any support or assistance as you wrap up your courses. Our eLearning team is also available to help in any way they can; connect with them at 

Youssef Farhat
Diversity and Social Justice Coordinator
Common Academic Program | 

Summer 2021 CAP DSJreads!
We're crowdsourcing a DSJreads list to be published in a blog, shared widely, and included in the DSJ LibGuide and web. 
Recommend a DSJread!

Collab with UD Libraries, ODI, MEC, CIP and Diversity ILG Working Group. 
DSJ Listserv? Quick Poll.
We're exploring a DSJ listserv as a peer2peer engagement opportunity for conversations about DSJ learning, CAP-DSJ related questions, and cool resource-sharing among DSJ faculty.

No events promotion or tech/classroom help; only DSJ talk and ideas. What do you think?
Inclusive Pedagogy Workshop
May 13, 2021 | 9 a.m.-3:15 p.m.
Faculty share best practices and reflect on their experiences about what works (and what doesn’t work) for teaching with diversity, equity, and inclusion in mind. The schedule includes 5 tracks: STEM, Active Strategies, Well-Being and Support, Increasing Educator Tools, and DE&I in Disciplines.
 eCommons for program & Zoom | Download pdf 

The Moral Courage Project strives to shift debate and shape narrative by centering the accounts of individuals and communities with first-hand experiences of divisive issues.

Created, narrated and produced by UD students, the podcast accompanies the work and now features 2020-2021 season, Poison Power: The Fight for Power highlighting Water Warriors, fighting for access to clean and affordable water in Flint, Detroit, Applachia.

Listen: SoundCloud | Apple | Spotify | PlayerFM

Previously by the Moral Courage Radio
Ferguson Voices | America the Borderland
Asian Pacific American Heritage LibGuide

This guide is intended as a non-exhaustive resource on contemporary Asian and Pacific American works, accomplishments, and histories.

In it, we strive to recognize the intersectional nature of identity and hope to highlight voices and stories across a wide range of lived experience, while acknowledging and condemning the current and tragically persistent trend of anti-Asian racism and violence in the United States.

To suggest resources or for any other information relevant to this guide, contact
Ione Damasco 


Opportunities for Students

Global Learning Opportunities Focused on Racial Equity & Social Justice
Register for one of these Summer CAP courses part of the Global Learning Academy -- RCE 200, PHL 364, HSS 302, HSS 384, SSC 200 --  and participate in a two-week virtual field study on Racial Equity and Social Justice. No additional cost to the reduced summer tuition rate and scholarships are available. Apply by May 1. Qs:

A Year of Anti-Racist Efforts: Becoming a University Committed to “Good Trouble”
May 13 | noon-1:30 p.m.
A virtual dialogue hosted by the Dialogue Zone: How do we sustain the work to bring real change to UD and see true equity in action? Register 

Become a REAL Dayton Leader
Leaders have an opportunity to gain knowledge, cultivate skills, and enkindle in others a passion for living and serving in Dayton. Qs: Apply by May 12

Opportunities for Educators 

Applications Open for UD Men for Gender Equity Advocates
The UD Men for Gender Equity Initiative seeks more men-identifying faculty and staff to serve as Equity Advocates and promote gender equity at UD. Qs:
Apply by May 10

Grants: Experiential Learning in Courses
ELIFF supports the implementation and integration of EL programs. ~ 5-10 grants of up to $750 will be awarded for FA 21. Apply by May 3

Fall 2021 Symposium
Imagining Community: Shaping a More Equitable Dayton

October 28-29 | The Hub at Dayton Arcade
In partnership with "UnDesign the Redline" exhibit. Submissions requested by May 24.


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Artwork used in this newsletter is a courtesy of FineActs; artists in order of appearance: Sidsel Sørensen (After the Storm), and Studio PUNKT (Stop Hate Speech)

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Contact us

Michelle C. Pautz
Assistant Provost for CAP |

Judy Owen
CAP Coordinator | 

Youssef Farhat
CAP DSJ Coordinator |
Mailing Address
Common Academic Program
Ryan C. Harris Learning Teaching Center
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469-1302

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