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Varying Viewpoints Podcast Series is one of the many initiatives of the Proctor Institute to share and promote innovative scholarship that focuses on diversifying leadership, enhancing equity, and fostering justice in higher education in an engaging and accessible way. This series will highlight the great work of scholars, researchers, authors, and activists who are advocating for more just practices in higher education as well as elevating the contributions of Minority Serving Institutions.


Episode 38: The Crucial Role of Cybersecurity Programs at MSIs" w/ Thaier Hayajneh & Amelia Estwick

In this episode of the Varying Viewpoints podcast series, the Rutgers Center for Minority Serving Institution (CMSI) has a conversation with their new partner Fordham Center for Cybersecurity’s -Cybersecurity Education Diversity Initiative (CEDI). In this introductory discussion, Marybeth Gasman, CMSI, and Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute Executive Director spoke with CEDI Co-Chairs, Thaier Hayajneh and Amelia Estwick. Thaier and Amelia provide an overview of CEDI’s mission, accomplishments, and goals. They address the importance of diversification in cybersecurity, the pathways to cybersecurity success for Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), as well as the necessity of constructing a professional pipeline within the cybersecurity workforce. In part of this partnership, CMSI is conducting targeted outreach via social media to increase awareness of CEDI’s programs. Additionally, CEDI offers MSIs the opportunity to develop cybersecurity programs through an application process you can find here. The conversation concludes with the mutual benefits for MSIs considering these programs and the importance of the innovative and cross-sector partnership between CMSI and CEDI.

Listen to this episode to learn more about CEDI’s institutional impact on cybersecurity programs across the country, how CMSI plans to assist CEDI to reach its goals, and the importance of diversification in cybersecurity.

Proctor Institute · "The Crucial Role of Cybersecurity Programs at MSIs" w/ Thaier Hayajneh & Amelia Estwick


Episode 37: Key Challenges Facing Higher Education in South Africa

In this episode of the Varying Viewpoints podcast series, Naziema Jappie, a visiting scholar of the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute for Leadership, Equity, and Justice and the Director of the Center of Higher Education at the University of Cape Town, talks with Marybeth Gasman, the Executive Director of Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute and Rutgers Center for Minority Serving Institutions, about the complexity of social justice, diversity, and inclusion in South African higher education systems. Naziema delves deep into the history of South Africa and how it has played a significant role in the formation of higher education institutions today. She also discusses her journey in higher education, her justice-oriented research on Black women collegians, and the critical systemic change that leaders in higher education must make within colleges and universities in South Africa.

Listen to this episode to learn more about Naziema and the issues of diversity and inclusion in South African higher education. 

Proctor Institute · Episode 37: "Key Challenges Facing Higher Education in South Africa"


Episode 36: Achieving Racial Equity in Health, Physical Activity, and Education

In this episode of the Varying Viewpoints podcast series, Leah P. Hollis, a visiting scholar of the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute for Leadership, Equity, and Justice, invited Tara Blackshear, Assistant Professor at Towson UniversityEquity Scholar, and Educational Consultant of Health, Physical Activity, and Education, to join her for a conversation. The discussion explores physical, social, and economic structures impeding health and physical activity in Black communities, specifically among Black girls and women, across the United States. Tara provided insight into the intricate connections between racial inequities, physical engagement, and success in academics. Their conversation concludes with Tara discussing her upcoming book Critical Race Studies in Physical Education with co-author, Brian Culp. Inspired by true events, Critical Race Studies in Physical Education depicts the joy, humanity, and prosperity of Black youth in educational settings based on teacher pedagogical practices and beliefs through various case studies. The publication is designed for students and teachers in education programs as well as a tool for professional development.

Listen to this episode to learn more about Tara’s personal and professional background, her research mission, and how she aims to create a long-lasting, sustainable impact using kinesiology.

Proctor Institute · Episode 36: "Achieving Racial Equity in Health, Physical Activity, and Education"


Episode 35: Career Mapping in the Great Resignation

In this episode of the Varying Viewpoints podcast series, Anna-Kaye, one of our Visiting Scholars, invited Tierney Bates, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Special Projects and Executive Director at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, to join us. Anna-Kaye and Tierney discuss career mapping for professionals that work in higher education and why colleges are having trouble retaining employees. In the conversation, Tierney challenges the often bureaucratic policies in higher education and unpacks why he believes the policies are preventing talent advancement within the field. When advising those on the job market, Tierney breaks down performance and relationship currency and how they both benefit candidates pursuing careers in higher education. He begs the question “what does your success look like?” and advises the audience to be intentional when career mapping and go where people and talent drive the culture.

Listen to this episode to learn more about Tierney’s recommendations for career advancement and how to best map out your future through effective career planning. 

Proctor Institute · Episode 35: "Career Mapping in the Great Resignation"


Episode 34: Getting the Most Out of College

In this episode of Varying Viewpoints, we invited Elliot Felix, founder and CEO of brightspot strategy, to join us. Higher education has changed dramatically over the last decade. Specifically when it comes to defining student success, from an academic standpoint, a social stance, and a career stance. Building on Elliot Felix’s new book, How to Get the Most out of College, this podcast explores the concept of higher education today and how students can design their college experience and tailor it to fit their needs.

Listen to this episode to learn more about Elliot’s background and how he’s trying to redefine the higher education landscape by reaching students directly. 

Proctor Institute · Episode 34: "Getting the Most Out of College"


Episode 33: The Contemporary Student Veteran: Strategies for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at SVA

In this episode of the Varying Viewpoints podcast series, we continue our discussion with the Rutgers Center for Minority Serving Institutions’ (CMSI) new partner, Student Veterans of America (SVA). In this discussion, Marybeth Gasman, CMSI and Proctor Institute Executive Director and Samuel DeWitt Proctor Endowed Chair in Education, spoke with Jared Lyon, SVA President and CEO. During their conversation, Jared provides intimate insight into the student veteran experience on college campuses, specifically at Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs). The conversation addresses SVA’s mission to foster veteran inclusivity, veteran representation, and leadership for active student veterans and alumni. Jared emphasizes SVA’s various services, strong alumni network, professional opportunities, and the strength of a powerful student veteran collective at MSIs. Along with their CMSI partnership, SVA is focused on diversifying the organization to accurately reflect the broad spectrum of active duty service members.

Listen to this episode to learn more about Jared’s background, his work at SVA, and their focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Proctor Institute · Episode 33: "The Contemporary Student Veteran" 


Episode 32: Using Our History To Dismantle Racism

In this episode of the Varying Viewpoints podcast series, we invited Chris Span, historian, Chief of Staff, and Associate Chancellor for Administration and PreK-12 Initiatives at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, to join us. Chris emphasizes the power of using our history as a strategic tool to dismantle racism by educating our family members, our students, friends, and colleagues of past events. Additionally, Chris delves into how the Black Lives Matter movement echoes the same fight as the Civil Rights Movement, but generations later. We often see history repeating itself, which means that little has changed. To combat this, Chris touches on the importance of emphasizing history in our K-12 and postsecondary education curricula to nurture the next generation of leaders and community members and create meaningful, long lasting social change. 

Listen to this episode to learn more about Chris’ background, how important knowing our history is, and how we can use it to create tangible change. 

Proctor Institute · Episode 32: "Using History to Dismantle Racism" 


Episode 31: A More Perfect Student Union: HBCUs and LGBTQIA+ Student Affairs

In this episode of the Varying Viewpoints podcast series, Naomi Simmons-Thorne and Latrice Johnson, two of our 2021 John Smartt Summer Scholars, invited Jonathan Wesley, Senior Director of Diversity and Inclusion in Academics at Southern New Hampshire University. Jonathan is an interdisciplinary practitioner, artist, academic, and activist with huge dreams of leading inclusive and safe communities for LGBTQIA+ students. He shares his experience migrating from New Jersey to pursue his education in the south and talks about his research on the LGBTQIA+ community, intersectionality, religion, education, and sociology. Jonathan further discusses the importance of having inclusive institutional leaders who advocate for LGBTQIA+ issues, the importance of community building amongst faculty, and discusses the importance of HBCUs having cabinet-level positions that focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Overall, while highlighting recent developments and innovations related to LGBTQIA+ communities at HBCUs, this episode explores the contributions HBCUs should make to LGBTQIA+ student affairs using a “cultural wealth” perspective.

Listen to this episode to learn more about how faculty can aim to bring more awareness to LGBTQIA+ student affairs at HBCUs.

Proctor Institute · Episode 31: "HBCUs and LGBTQIA+ Student Affairs" 


Episode 30: Higher Education Advocacy through Military Support

In this episode of the Varying Viewpoints podcast series, Deja Joi Brewster, Program Coordinator at Student Veterans of America (SVA), invited Siobhan Norris, Associate Vice Chancellor of Military Affairs at Fayetteville State University (FSU), veteran, mentor, and SVA advocate, to talk about the significance of student veteran support on college campuses. The interview highlights FSU, an Historically Black University based in North Carolina, and its robust and innovative degree programs rooted in the liberal arts tradition. Siobhan talks about FSU, which is recognized as a Purple Heart Institution, and shares the institution’s rich military history. As FSU is home to over 1,700 military connected students that make up 30% of its student population, Siobhan discusses how the institution has strove to meet the educational, career, and personal aspirations of its students from military backgrounds so that they are equipped with practical knowledge to serve their communities as enlightened citizens and globally astute leaders.

Listen to this episode to learn more about the outstanding ways that Fayetteville State University supports their student veteran populations. 

Proctor Institute · Episode 30: "Higher Education Advocacy through Military Support"


Episode 29: Persisting in Academia as a Black Woman

In this episode of the Varying Viewpoints podcast series, Marybeth Gasman, Distinguished Professor and Executive Director of the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute for Leadership, Equity, and Justice, invited Tina Fletcher and Trina Fletcher to join her in a conversation about Black women in the academy. Tina is a Ph.D. Candidate in Education Policy at the University of Pennsylvania. Trina is an Assistant Professor of Engineering Education at Florida International University. The twins, who grew up in a small town in Arkansas, share the lessons learned on their academic journeys as well as anecdotes about the supportive influences they had throughout their lives. This interview illuminates the importance of encouraging Black women to pursue Ph.Ds  and the factors institutions must consider to retain emerging Black women scholars. Tina and Trina share the need for institutions to have more Black women Ph.D. representation. Both scholars also share tips for Black women interested in earning a Ph.D. 

Listen to this episode to learn more about the challenges and benefits of recruiting and retaining Black women into Ph.D. programs.

Proctor Institute · Episode 29: "Persisting in Academia as a Black Woman"


Episode 28: Student Veterans at MSIs Are More Common than You Think

In this episode of the Varying Viewpoints podcast series, we are celebrating a new partnership between the Proctor Institute and the Student Veterans of America (SVA). We spoke with Program Coordinator at SVA, Deja Joi Brewster, about SVA’s mission, her experience working with student veterans, and the resources that are available to all student veterans, specifically those at Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs). Joi highlights the many chapters and policy achievements of SVA and the student veterans already on MSI campuses that have the power to orchestrate tangible change with the help of SVA. 

Listen to this episode to learn more about SVA, their work, and the partnership between the Center for Minority Serving Institutions and SVA. 

Proctor Institute · Episode 28: "Student Veterans at MSIs Are More Common than You Think"


Episode 27: Graduation and Retention at TCUs: Insight into the Efforts at The College of the Muscogee Nation

In this episode of the Varying Viewpoints podcast series, Ariadna Manzo and Alex Reyes, two of our 2021 John Smartt Summer Scholars, invited Monte Randall, president of The College of the Muscogee Nation (CMN) and one of our MSI Aspiring Leaders, to discuss the graduation and retention efforts that CMN has engaged in to support their Native American/Indigenous student population. The goal of this episode is for higher education professionals to gain awareness of the support they can offer to student success efforts of Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs). Monte spoke about the trauma and experiences that Native populations face and how that impacts their approach to learning. He also shared the hindrances TCUs encounter as they try to support their students and how higher education stakeholders can help support graduation and retention efforts for Indigenous students. 

Listen to this episode to learn more about CMN, the programs and services they offer, and the steps they’re taking to ensure graduation and retention success for Indigenous students.

Proctor Institute · Episode 27: "Graduation and Retention at TCUs"


Episode 26: Through the Lens: Staying Inspired in the Professoriate

In this episode of the Varying Viewpoints podcast series, Bianca Neal, Visiting Scholar at the Proctor Institute, hosted an interview with Laura Castañeda, an award-winning professor of professional practice in the USC Annenberg School of Journalism. Before joining USC Annenberg, she taught at Temple University and worked as a staff writer, editor and columnist for The San Francisco Chronicle, The Dallas Morning News, and The Associated Press in San Francisco, New York, and Mexico. In an effort to inform and equip the younger generation of Latinas navigating through academia, Laura talks about her progressive interest in journalism studies and how it shaped her adventurous career path. She also discusses how important it is to create a network and find a group of people who will always be there for you.

Listen to this episode to learn more about how Laura’s interest in journalism transformed her career path towards academia.

Proctor Institute · Episode 26: "Staying Inspired in the Professoriate"


Episode 25: Above and Beyond: Soaring Through Academia as a Latina

In this episode of the Varying Viewpoints podcast series, Bianca Neal, Visiting Scholar at the Proctor Institute, hosted an interview with Gloria Martinez, Professor in the Department of Sociology at Texas State University. Having mentored over 30 undergraduate and graduate students, she is also the Director for Center for Diversity and Gender Studies and the inaugural Director of Latina/o Studies minor at the institution. In an effort to amplify the voices of Latinas in the professoriate, Gloria talks about her experience growing up in a small, rural village in Pine Canyon, California, where school was a bit more isolated than others. She shares how much of an impact her mother had on her educational upbringing, and talks about how much she looked up to her professors as role models, who encouraged her to go further in higher education and to obtain a Ph.D. 

Listen to this episode to learn more about the social influences Gloria has come across in exploring and succeeding in academia as a Latina.

Proctor Institute · Episode 25: "Soaring Through Academic as a Latina"


Episode 24: Leading During a Pandemic: Jackson State University's Transformative Approach

In this episode of the Varying Viewpoints podcast series, we invited Thomas Hudson, President of Jackson State University (JSU), to join us. As only the second alumnus of JSU to become president, President Hudson stepped into the role in early 2020, just as the COVID-19 pandemic was ramping up. President Hudson speaks to Proctor Institute Executive Director Marybeth Gasman about his journey toward becoming president of Jackson State, what leading during COVID looks like, and what his future goals are for the institution.

Listen to this episode to learn more about JSU, President Hudson’s pathway to leadership, and his plans for the institution’s next steps. Follow @JacksonStateU on all social media platforms to keep up with everything #JSU.

Proctor Institute · Episode 24: "Leading During a Pandemic" 


Episode 23: An Overview of Critical Race Theory

In this episode of the Varying Viewpoints podcast series, Visiting Scholar Tanishia Williams spoke with Aaron Griffen and Angel Jones, two critical race theory (CRT) scholars. Throughout the episode, Tanishia, Aaron, and Angel, with the help of founding CRT scholars, provide a definition of CRT, an explanation of the role CRT plays in education, and a recourse to debunk myths about CRT. Additionally, these scholars have curated helpful resources to further delve into CRT. These resources can be found here

Listen to this episode to learn more about critical race theory, its origins, its tenets, and the current myths surrounding it.​

Proctor Institute · Episode 23: "An Overview of Critical Race Theory"


Episode 22: College Students 31 Years After the ADA

In this episode of the Varying Viewpoints podcast series, Hunter Hornsby, one of our research interns, invited Gavin Steiger, Director of Disability Services at Texas State University, to join us. They unpack what it means to have a disability and how to ensure proper accommodations at higher education institutions. Gavin shares his personal experience with disability and how this has influenced his work on accessibility at colleges and universities. Hunter and Gavin emphasize the importance of mental and physical disability accommodations and eliminating unintentional barriers, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, for overall student success in higher education. 

Listen to this episode to learn more about Gavin’s work and the importance of disability accommodations. 

Proctor Institute · Episode 22: "College Students 31 Years After the ADA" with Gavin Steiger


Episode 21: Resisting Colonial Racist Behaviors at Tribal Colleges

In this episode of the Varying Viewpoints podcast series, Leah Hollis, Visiting Scholar at the Proctor Institute, hosted an interview with Joseph Angel de Soto, STEM Professor at Diné College, a tribal college in Tsaile, Arizona. Joseph shared that he decided to teach in the Southwest at a tribal college because he saw it as an opportunity to work with individuals with a similar culture to the culture he grew up around. He also discusses how tribal law is a major part of tribal college culture, and how Diné operates within the Navajo concepts of thinking, planning, living, and assuring when it comes to decision making. Joseph also examines how “white laws” often criminalizes the culture of other people. 

Listen to this episode to learn more about the issues that are happening on tribal lands and the profound culture that is found and practiced at tribal colleges.

Proctor Institute · Episode 21: "Resisting Colonial Racist Behaviors at Tribal Colleges" with Joseph Angel de Soto


Episode 20: Beyond the Border: Academic Success in the Latinx Community

In this episode of the Varying Viewpoints podcast series, Bianca Neal, Visiting Scholar at the Proctor Institute, hosted an interview with Aida Isela Ramos, Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. In an effort to offer guidance for Latinas navigating academia and the professoriate, Aida talks about her academic experiences growing up in harsh educational environments as well as the challenges, the struggles, and the beauty that were all associated with her journey. Being a daughter of Mexican immigrants living on the border of Mexico in El Paso, Texas, Aida shares the steps she took to build confidence to dive deeper into her academic journey and discusses how important it is to never give in to the stereotypical culture of academia. 

Listen to this episode to learn more about the challenges associated with academia in Latinx communities and ways to overcome them.

Proctor Institute · Episode 20: "Beyond the Border" with Aisa Isela Ramos


Episode 19: Discussing the Jewish Perspective at HBCUs

In this episode of the Varying Viewpoints podcast series, Leah Hollis, one of our fabulous visiting scholars and Associate Professor at Morgan State University, invited Joseph Drew, a professor at the University of Maryland Global Campus and a former professor at the University of District of Columbia, to join us. They unpack what it means to be a Jewish scholar at a Historically Black College or University (HBCU) and the general relationship between Jewish people and African American people. Joseph highlights his experience growing up during the Civil Rights Movement and how this shaped him into the person he is today. Additionally, Joseph notes the inherent similarities between Black and Jewish culture that has made HBCUs a safe and nondiscriminatory space for Jewish scholars. 

Listen to this episode to learn more about Joseph’s life and his positive experiences with HBCUs as a Jewish scholar.

Proctor Institute · Episode 19: "Discussing the Jewish Perspective at HBCUs" with Joseph Drew


Episode 18: Inspire and Educate: What is your Legacy?

In this episode of the Varying Viewpoints podcast series, we invited Frederick Shegog, founder of The Message, LLC and notable keynote speaker, to join us. During the interview, Frederick talks about how his challenging, yet eye-opening experiences inspired him to become the leader he is today. He shares how important it is to empower communities and encourage self-awareness in students who often experience self-doubt. Frederick speaks about how crucial it is to obtain effective mentorship in college professors who encourage your growth and help to increase your network. He also shares how essential it is to practice meditation, surround yourself with positive people, exercise, and have a healthy diet. One of his greatest takeaways for students is to focus on mental, physical, and emotional health just as much as academic studies and graduation requirements. 

Listen to this episode to learn more about how effective mentorship and maintaining a healthy lifestyle can play a huge role in shaping your life for the better.


Episode 17: Teach, Speak, Create: How to Be an Effective Diversity Leader as an Educator

In this episode of the Varying Viewpoints podcast series, we invited Michael Hicks, assistant professor of education at Centenary College of Louisiana, to join us. Michael talks to us about his role as an educator of future educators and how he teaches leadership techniques. He created the “Teach, Speak, Create” model in an effort to inspire himself and others to be effective leaders, especially through the lenses of diversity, inclusion, and equity in K-12 and higher education. Michael concludes with a discussion about the experiences and the values that continue to propel him to be authentic, to champion fairness, and to advocate for justice. 

Listen to this episode to learn more about Michael’s role as an educator and a diversity and fairness leader, as well as advice on how to become an effective one yourself. 


Episode 16: Advocacy in Social Work: Addressing Whiteness in Marginalized Communities

In this episode of the Varying Viewpoints podcast series, we invited Sarah Todd, social work professor and the director of Carleton University’s School of Social Work to join us and interview with our Communications Intern, Sharaya Morrison. Sarah’s background includes research in many areas related to social work and community practice. She touched on how broad social work in communities can be and further discusses what whiteness and privilege look like in marginalized communities. Sarah also shares how important it is for white people to take full advantage of their privilege by using it to advocate for economically disadvantaged communities. 

Listen to this episode to learn more about how to uplift marginalized communities and educate individuals on how to stand up for marginalized peers in a way that embraces their social identity. 


Episode 15: Trauma is An Invisible Backpack: How that Backpack Affects Students, Educators, and Communities

In this episode of the Varying Viewpoints podcast series, we invited Karen Gross, a consultant to non-profit schools, organizations, and governments, to join us. Karen’s work focuses on strategies for vulnerable student success across the K-20 pipeline, with a focus on the impact of trauma on educational outcomes. A frequent author, speaker, and commentator on issues in education, she is the author of the newly released, award-winning book Trauma Doesn’t Stop at the School Door, where she addresses the omnipresence of trauma in education. Throughout this episode, Karen takes us through theories of trauma and highlights some of the tools and strategies to combat trauma for students and educators alike. 

Listen to this episode to learn more about Karen’s work and how to identify and combat trauma in education. If you would like to learn more about trauma and concrete strategies on how to address it, the Proctor Institute will be holding an event of the same name with Karen Gross as the keynote speaker on January 26, 2021, at 1 PM EST. For more information and registration, visit us here

 


Episode 14: Fulfilling Diversity or Fostering Genuine Inclusion? The Rocky Relationship between PWIs & their Students of Color

In this episode of the Varying Viewpoints podcast series, we invited Yolanda Wiggins, an assistant professor of sociology at San Jose State University, to join us. Yolanda highlights her research on educational inequality and explores the role that families play in students' feelings of inclusion at higher education institutions. Additionally, Yolanda digs deeper into how diversity initiatives are often surface-level interventions that don't solve students' problems and her recommendations for how to mitigate this issue on college campuses. She mentions how Predominantly White Institutions (PWIs) can learn from Historically Black Colleges and Universities' (HBCUs) models for student support, among other propositions, to help students of color succeed. Yolanda also notes how this moment of political uprising will, hopefully, change how higher education institutions address racial equity and justice. 

Listen to this episode to learn more about Yolanda's research and her recommendations for how higher education institutions can better serve their students of color. 

 


Episode 13: "More Black People in Prison than in College:" The Harm of Bad Statistics

In this episode of the Varying Viewpoints podcast series, we invited Ivory Toldson, a professor of Counseling Psychology at Howard University, president of Quality Education for Minorities (QEM), and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Negro Education to join us. Ivory highlights his substantial work around harmful repercussions of "B.S.," or bad statistics, and misinformation on Black people often found in media sources and sometimes 'reputable' research. Ivory also notes several common misconceptions about Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). 

Listen to this episode to learn more about Ivory's scholarship and the dangers of misinformation being spread about Black people. 

 


Episode 12: Workplace Bullying: Breaking Down the Barriers 

In this episode of the Varying Viewpoints podcast series, we invited Loraleigh Keashly, a professor of Communications at Wayne State University to join us. Loraleigh talked about the topic of workplace bullying and how prominent this issue is becoming today, as people are becoming more open to sharing their experiences with bullying. Loraleigh notes how the generational shift in work culture has been a huge help towards addressing workplace bullying especially since the younger population tends to be more focused on the quality of their work environments. She also offers some helpful tips and strategies for navigating workplace bullying within and outside of academia. 

Listen to this episode to gain some more insight on the implementation of policies against workplace bullying and to learn more about how targeted individuals can alleviate their trauma from their experiences. Special thanks to Morgan State University Associate Professor and Visiting Scholar, Leah Hollis, for hosting this episode of our Varying Viewpoints podcast series.

 


Episode 11: The Presence of Workplace Bullying: Effects of Chronic Stress

In this episode of the “Varying Viewpoints” podcast series, we invited Ingrid Tulloch, an assistant professor at Morgan State University and director of Morgan State’s Animal Research Facility, to join us to discuss workplace bullying. Ingrid specializes in the Neurobiology of Risky Behavior, and uses her research to identify the role of chemicals in the brain - specifically inflammatory cytokine genes - when individuals respond to common stressors and chronic stress. She defines the stressors that may be prevalent in an individual’s life, and explains the connection between chronic stressors and reliance on risky behaviors, and how these environments may cause biological changes in the body.  Ingrid also addresses how race and socioeconomic standings have an impact on not only how people are discriminated against, but how one faces chronic stressors as well.

Listen to this episode to learn more about Ingrid’s research and how chronic stress may have an impact on a person’s health and body. Special thanks to Morgan State University Associate Professor, Leah Hollis, for hosting this episode of our Varying Viewpoints podcast series.

 


Episode 10: No Justice, No Peace: Colleges and Campus Police

In this episode of the Varying Viewpoints podcast series, our John Smartt Summer Scholars Steffi Huynh, Tiyana Herring, and Miranda Febus invited Roderick Ferguson, Professor of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies and American Studies at Yale University, to join them. Roderick talks about police presence on campus and the impact it has on students, especially as it relates to race, gender, and sexuality. Roderick briefly discussed the Jackson State Massacre that occurred in 1970, during which Black student protestors were shot and killed by police officers, and shared how student protestors, particularly Black students, are still regarded and labeled as criminals and thugs on college campuses. 

Listen to this episode to gain more insight into police expansion on student campuses and to learn more about how campus police should protect students.

 


Episode 9: A Peak in Time: Understanding the History of Higher Education 

In this episode of the Varying Viewpoints podcast series, we invited Philo Hutcheson, professor, higher education historian, and author of the book “A People's History of American Higher Education,” to join us. In this interview, Philo talks about the importance of studying the history of higher education and why it is important to understand the foundations on which our colleges and universities are built upon. Philo argues that issues such as race, class, and gender cannot be ignored within higher education and encourages administrators to glean lessons from our past to gain more knowledge on approaching present challenges related to student support and equity.

Listen to this episode to gain more insight into the history of American higher education and its impact on higher education today.

 


Episode 8: Student Voice and Student Choice: How Educators Can Foster Equity and Student Agency

In this episode of the Varying Viewpoints podcast series, we invited Josue Falaise, CEO of GOMO Educational Services, to join us. GOMO Educational Services is an organization that provides professional development and executive-level training that focuses on equity to build the capacity of adults in fostering student agency. Josue highlights his professional career, where he started as an elementary school teacher and later became a middle and high school educator. There, he was able to see K-12 curricula and methods of socialization first hand, which led him to seek and create tangible change. 

Listen to this episode to learn more about Josue’s road to launching GOMO Educational Services and teaching equity between educators and students in the K-12 landscape. 

 


Episode 7: Dismantling American Exceptionalism and Deconstructing White Privilege in Predominantly White Classrooms

In this episode of the Varying Viewpoints podcast series, we invited Kate Slater, Associate Director and Manager of Programs for the Institute for Recruitment of Teachers (IRT) and lecturer at the University of New Hampshire (UNH). Kate tells us of her work with the IRT, as the organization attempts to move towards racial equity in the educational sector, and her passion for engaging in anti-racist work, both as a scholar and an educator. Kate highlights the course that she teaches at UNH, “Teaching Race,” and the ‘unlearning/relearning’ approach that she has developed for White students to conceptualize and deconstruct their White privilege. Kate aims to reconstruct the ways that White folks perceive race, American history, and American exceptionalism so the next generation of educators can positively influence generations after them and actively work towards true racial liberation.

Listen to this episode to learn more about Kate’s experience working with the Institute for Recruitment of Teachers (IRT) and as an educator engaging in anti-racist work at a Predominantly White Institution.

 


Episode 6: Authenticity in Public Spaces: Maintaining A Confident Sense of Self in Leadership Roles 

In this episode of the Varying Viewpoints podcast series, we invited Elmira Mangum, the founder and CEO of EM Plus 3 LLC and the former president of Florida A&M University, to join us. Though it was never a goal of hers, Elmira shares her journey to becoming the first woman president of the university, what she has learned from holding various leadership positions, and how she applies leadership lessons to all of her professional endeavors. As the current CEO of EM Plus 3 LLC, Elmira focuses on leadership training, efficiency analysis, revenue enhancement, and financial planning in higher education. Elmira has also worked as a mentor for our “MSI Aspiring Leaders” initiative and has worked closely with her mentee to impart relevant knowledge on how to persist through the presidential process. Elmira speaks of how she holds herself in public spaces, owns her identity, regardless of what others may perceive, and triumphs as a result of her tenacious spirit. 

Listen to this episode to learn more about how Elmira has carried herself throughout her professional career to achieve success in her various leadership roles within the realm of higher education.

 


Episode 5: Does Higher Education Provide Enough?: Transformative Career-Oriented Paths at Paul Quinn College

In this episode of the Varying Viewpoints podcast series, we invited Michael Sorrell, President of Paul Quinn College, a Historically Black College, to join us. President Sorrell talks to Proctor Institute Executive Director Marybeth Gasman about his journey toward becoming president of Paul Quinn, his transformative efforts to restructure higher education so as to better serve the needs of under-resourced students and communities, and how other institutions can implement similar changes. 

Listen to this episode to learn more about President Sorrell’s journey to becoming Paul Quinn’s longest-serving president and his initiatives to revamp Paul Quinn’s curriculum requirements and support systems for the institution and its students. 


Episode 4: Advocating for Voting Rights on College Campuses: A Student's Perspective

In this episode of the Varying Viewpoints podcast series, we invited Evan Marlbrough, Vote Everywhere Ambassador for the Andrew Goodman Foundation and Student President for the Young Democrats at Georgia State University, to join us. Evan talks about his experience as a student voting rights activist on campus and his involvement with the Andrew Goodman Foundation as an outlet for advocating for increased student voting on campus. As a student leader, Evan encourages students to become more democratically engaged and seeks to educate young people on the power and value of their voice in policy implementation and change. 

Listen to this episode to learn more about Evan’s journey in advocating for voting rights on campus and gain some insight on why student voting advocacy is essential for college campuses.


Episode 3: It Takes a Community: An Asset-Based Approach to Fostering Excellence at Bloomfield College

In this episode of the Varying Viewpoints podcast series, we invite Marcheta Evans, President of Bloomfield College, an institution that is dually designated as a Predominately Black Institution (PBI) and a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). President Evans talks about her road to becoming president of Bloomfield, the factors that have influenced her interest in leading the 150-year institution, and some of the initiatives she plans to enact as president. 

Listen to this episode to learn more about President Evans' journey to becoming the first Black woman to be president of PBI/HSI Bloomfield College. 


Episode 2: Yeah, Mentoring Matters, but Let's Talk About Sponsorship: Positioning Graduate Students of Color for Career Success

In this episode of the Varying Viewpoints podcast series, we invited Levon T. Esters, Associate Professor in the Department of Agricultural Sciences Education and Communication at Purdue University, to talk about how he approaches mentoring students and strategies for positioning graduate students of color for career advancement. Levon is also the Director of the award-winning Mentoring@Purdue program (M@P) and discusses how he uses his mentoring philosophy and sponsorship to support underrepresented graduate students in the STEM-based agricultural and life sciences disciplines in Purdue University’s College of Agriculture.

Listen to this episode to learn more about how Levon helps foster excellence in his advisees, and what he believes mentors can gain from adopting sponsorship as a strategy to help position graduate students of color for career advancement. 


Episode 1: Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs): A Symbolic Signal for Supporting Asian American and Pacific Islander College Students

In this episode of the Varying Viewpoints podcast series, we collaborate with the National Center on Institutional Diversity (NCID) at the University of Michigan to share research and provide insight into the American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) designation. Thai-Huy Nguyen, Assistant Professor of Education at Seattle University, and Bach Mai Dolly Nguyen, Assistant Professor of Education at Oregon State University, discuss the significance of the AANAPISI designation and how the designation is a signal of support and resources provided for Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) collegians. Both researchers also talk about their role in recent series produced by NCID, What Are AANAPISIs? A Series on the Opportunity and Equity of Asian American Pacific Islander College Students, and how they hope the series along with their ongoing scholarship can move the conversation on the AANAPISI designation forward. 

Listen to this episode to learn more about AANAPISIs and the work both Thai Nguyen and Dolly Nguyen are engaged in to elevate these institutions and the students they serve.