Racial Justice Conversations: Systemic Racism

Jul 28, 2020, 6:30 pm

Tuesday, July 28th at 6:30pm MST
Facilitated by Dr. David Derezotes and Dr. Tasha Seneca Keyes

RSVP required. Please sign up here: https://forms.gle/NC6W3JA85oyPizb56

We are hearing a lot about individual, institutional, and systemic racism right now. In this 90 minute zoom dialogue, facilitators Dr. Dave and Dr. Keyes will discuss what these terms mean and how individual racism contributes to larger systems of oppression and discrimination. Where can we make the biggest changes? Can we change systemic racism in America?

About the facilitators:
Dr. David Derezotes (Dr. Dave) is Professor, University of Utah, Chair of Mental Health, College of Social Work, Director of Peace & Conflict Studies, College of Humanities, Fellow, Center for Teaching & Learning Excellence, Facilitator for President Watkin’s Anti-Racism Task Force, Chair of Senate Advisory Committee on Diversity SACD, and MUSE Professor, Undergraduate Studies. He has been facilitating dialogues on campus and in the local and regional communities for over 30 years. When he is not working, or on his KRCL Radio program, The Radical Middle, he can often be found wandering on the Colorado Plateau.

Dr. Tasha Seneca Keyes is an Assistant Professor at the College of Social Work at the University of Utah. She teaches a two sequence course for master social work students titled “Diversity, Social Justice, Ethics and Reflexive Social Work”. She is also a member of the advisory committee for the American Indian Resource Center at the University of Utah. She grew up in Northern Virginia and is a Seneca Indian from the Seneca Nation of Indians of the Cattaraugus Reservation in Western New York. She received her MSW from the University of Utah. In 2017 she received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago - School of Social Service Administration where as a doctoral student she worked at the Center for Identity and Inclusion and was a member of the Taskforce for Radical Transformation. Her practice experience informs her research to include school social work, constructing classroom and school environments to promote a sense of belonging and engagement, and culturally relevant restorative justice and trauma-informed practices for underrepresented students, with a particular interest in Native American students.

More about Zoom:
This conversation will be held online over a Zoom call, which will require a computer (preferred) or phone with a microphone and camera. We request that all participants, if possible, utilize their video option for the duration of the conversation so we can connect face-to-face, as well as commit to attend for the entirety of the call. The link to the Zoom call will be emailed the day of the conversation to all those who signed up with the link above, along with instructions and tips for using Zoom. No password is necessary, since the link will only be sent to those who RSVP’d. Subtitles can be available on the call if requested at least two days before the conversation.

About Utah Humanities Virtual Community Conversations:
Virtual Community Conversations are not lectures, panels, town halls, or presentations – these are actual conversations which require active participation from everyone on the call. You don’t need any expertise to participate!

You should attend as an individual rather than expecting to represent an organization or speak on behalf of a group of people. This is a space to make mistakes, to listen more than you speak, and to learn that understanding our differences is the most productive way to move forward.

We do not record the calls or share any names or personal details from the call afterward – this is to honor the privacy and confidentiality of participants, as well as encourage both a safe and brave space for people to share and learn.

Online Program

Event Contact:

Caitlin McDonald