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UMass Dignity and Respect in Action: The Podcast

UMass Dignity and Respect in Action: The Podcast

By UMass Office of Equity and Inclusion
Welcome to the Dignity and Respect in Action podcast. This series is brought to you by the UMass Office of Equity and Inclusion, and features members of the University community and other experts in the field of diversity, equity, and inclusion. In this podcast, we’ll learn about the work and experiences of our guests, and gain insight from their expertise.
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UMass Dignity and Respect in Action: The Podcast

The Black Experience Series: Dr. Jamila Lyiscott and Dr. Keisha Green 
In this episode, we welcome Dr. Jamila Lyiscott and Dr. Keisha Green, faculty in the college of education and Directors of the UMass Center of Racial Justice and Youth Engaged Research (CRJ) to discuss the importance of centering racial justice in education and research. The CRJ centers Black, Indigenous, and People of Color in the work of racial and educational justice through community-school-university partnerships. To learn more about the Center of Racial Justice and Youth Engaged Research and our guests, please visit
February 24, 2021
The Black Experience Series: Gregory Thomas
This week, we welcome Gregory Thomas, Executive Director & Lecturer at the UMass Isenberg Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship Management and UMass class of 1991 Alum for the OEI Black Experience Series. We talk to him about his experience in the racial equity movement in 1987, the challenges he faced as a student activist, and his role as a faculty member at UMass.
February 17, 2021
Getting to Know UMass ADVANCE
This week, we welcome Dr. Laurel Smith-Doerr, Dr. Ethel Mickey, Dr. James Allan, and Dr. Nilanjana Gupta for a conversation on the NSF grant funded ADVANCE program at UMass Amherst. Launched in 2018 by an interdisciplinary group of UMass faculty in STEM and a five-year, $3 million grant, ADVANCE promotes gender equity and has been working towards transforming UMass Amherst into a place where every faculty member, regardless of gender, race/ethnicity, or sexuality, feels respected and has equal professional opportunities. UMass ADVANCE initiatives include conducting research on diversity, equity and inclusion, offering extensive programming, and creating resources and tools available to the UMass community. Learn more about UMass ADVANCE, including opportunities to apply for the Mutual Mentoring Grant and workshop schedule, on the ADVANCE website: PDF transcript of interview Word transcript of interview
February 3, 2021
The UMass International Programs Office featuring Kalpen Trivedi and Chrystal George Mwangi
This week, we welcome Kalpen Trivedi, Associate Provost and Director of the International Programs Office and Chrystal George Mwangi, Associate Professor of Higher Education and Chancellor's Leadership Fellow. They will be discussing the upcoming International Education Week and the importance of this celebration within the UMass community. The episode will also cover the work of the IPO as it relates to the advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion on our campus, the challenges faced by our international community due to the Covid pandemic, what "internationalization at home" means, and more. International Education Week takes place November 16-20, 2020, and IPO has a long list of ways you can participate. Learn more about the International Programs Office and International Education Week events at: On facebook: @UMassEducationAbroad On Instagram:
November 10, 2020
An Intro to the UMass Inclusive Excellence Program
Nef interviews Gabriella Weaver, Elizabeth Connor, and Jessica Rocheleau about the  Inclusive Excellence Program. 
October 14, 2020
The Alliance Against Ableism with Jeff Edelstein and David Paquette
Dr. Nefertiti Walker interviews Jeff Edelstein and David Paquette from the Alliance Against Ableism (AAA), formed in February 2019. The AAA aims to hold conversations around disability identity and inclusion, address ableism and barriers to inclusion and equality on campus within the disability community, and incorporate disability into larger systemic conversations. For the captioned video podcast, go to For resources referenced in the podcast, go to
September 30, 2020
Interview with the UMass Racial Justice Coalition
Dr. Nefertiti Walker talks to Zachary Steward '22, Sophia Chang '22, Sofia Meadows-Muriel '22, and Emily Steen '21 of the UMass Racial Justice Coalition. The students of the RJC came together to address anti black violence and systemic racism, and with the mission to build and sustain learning opportunities for the campus community while working towards achieving a racially just and oppression free environment here at UMASS. You can follow them on and in instagram @UMassRJC.
September 9, 2020
Interview with Dr. Whitney Battle-Baptiste on Anti-Black Racism
Dr. Whitney Battle-Baptiste is an historical archaeologist, tenured full professor in the department of anthropology, and director of the UMass W.E.B. DuBois Center. Her research focuses on the intersection of race, gender, class, and sexuality, through an archaeological lens. In this episode, Dr.Nefertiti Walker has a conversation with her about the anxiety in society and within our UMass community in response to coronavirus, anti-black violence and the continued protests of 2020, racism, and xenophobia.  **Note: This episode was recorded in July 2020 prior to the events in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
August 31, 2020
Special Episode on the Anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington
Jonathan Kermah, a 2020 UMass Amherst graduate, interviews John Bracey, professor in the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies, at about his experiences leading up to the 1963 March on Washington and the events of the March itself. They discuss his thoughts about the current climate in the U.S. and what the 2020 march means at this point in history.
August 31, 2020