Antiracist Action Bootcamp for Early Career Scholars
October 2020

Participants in the Antiracist Action Bootcamp come together as leaders, as creators, and above all, antiracists committed to leading change through their own actions.

Two Ways to Participate in the Bootcamp

Two Ways to Participate in the Bootcamp

Postdocs and graduate students may choose between two options for participating.

Participating in Seminars Only is best if you are not able to commit to meeting with a working group each week during the month of October.

Participating in Bootcamp Working Groups & Seminars will allow you to more deeply connect with other scholars dedicated to antiracist action as an integral part of their careers.

Bootcamp Working Groups

Join your peers in small moderated working groups to co-create antiracist action career plans, identifying specific actions you will take from your individual place of power to promote antiracist ideas and advocate for antiracist policies in your disciplines and institutions.

Each week you will meet with your group to work together on your action plans, identifying ways to weave antiracist action into your career, starting from your current position. Working group sessions will be just that, time to work together to draft your plans, brainstorm, discuss, and learn from each other. Working groups will be moderated by UF Faculty and Staff committed to being antiracist and supporting antiracist early career scholars. Antiracist action career plans will be published on the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs Website as an open access resources for all early career scholars.

Working groups will meet for 1 hour a week.

Week 1: Oct. 12 - 16

Working group meeting #1

Week 2: Oct. 19 - 23

Working group meeting #2

Week 3: Oct 26 - 30

Working group meeting #3

Week 4: Nov. 2 - 6

Working group meeting #4

After you apply, you will be contacted to select your working group based on schedule and moderator.

The working group sessions will be supplemented with interactive seminars to provide inspiration and “tools” to help participants assess their own biases and speak up when they encounter racist ideas and discrimination.


Upon completion of the bootcamp, participants will be invited to become members of the Antiracist Action Working Group for Early Career Scholars to participate in annual bootcamp planning and to help identify and implement actions that serve UF’s commitment to antiracism. The Antiracist Action Working Group for Early Career Scholars is chaired by Dr. Sharonda Harris and part of the Postdoctoral Affairs Advisory Committee. The working group will meet quarterly and is a voluntary leadership and service opportunity open only to those that have competed the bootcamp.


Interactive Seminars

Interactive seminars are open to all Postdocs and Graduate Students

 

Asynchronous

Introduction to Antiracism & Allyship - Excerpts from Academics for Black Lives

Academics for Black Lives – with permission

Oct. 7th

3 - 4pm

Implicit Bias Testing as a Tool for Uncovering Bias Within Ourselves

Before the workshop:

Listen: Interview with Dr. Ratliff on Level Up on Presence & Belonging Podcast with Antonio Farias, UF's Chief Diversity Officer (13:55)

Take the test. A link has been emailed to all registered participants. 

About the Presenter: Dr. Kate Ratliff, Associate Professor, Social Psychology Area Director, and University Term Professor in the Department of Psychology at UF is the Executive Director of Project Implicit.

Dr. Kate Ratliff

Oct. 14th

3 - 5pm

Overview of Crucial Conversations as a Tool for Resisting Racist Ideas, Discrimination, and Microagressions

This Crucial Conversations overview introduces skills for communicating when the stakes are high, opinions vary, and emotions run strong.Begin learning dialogue skills that help you talk with anyone about anything to reach alignment and agreement on important matters.

Before the workshop:

What are the crucial conversations you are avoiding, or not having well?

About the Presenter: Dr. Amelia Dempere is the director of the Research Service Centers in the College of Engineering and is a certified Crucial Conversations trainer.

Dr. Amelia Dempere

Oct. 21st

4 - 5pm

Wellness for Blkademics: Wellness and Healing Session for Black Academics

Recognizing the unique vulnerabilities Black academics (Blkademics) are facing in the current sociopolitical and campus climate, this interactive webinar will provide attendees with practical strategies to help by increasing awareness, reflecting on holistic wellness needs, and getting clear on the strategies that resonate on a personal level. Grounded in counseling and prevention psychology, Black feminism, and solution-focused theories, this webinar will offer Blkademics empirically-grounded and culturally-relevant strategies for surviving and being well as an academic today.

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About the Presenter: Dr. Della V. Mosley, is an Assistant Professor in the Counseling Psychology Program at UF. She developed and leads the Wellness, Equity, Love, Liberation, and Sexuality Healing and Research Collective. She co-founded Academics for Black Survival and Wellness (#Academics4BlackLives). Dr. Mosley utilizes qualitative and intersectional approaches to exploring the experiences and promoting the psychopolitical wellness of Black and/or queer and/or transgender People of Color. She has published, been invited to speak, and advocated extensively on issues impacting these communities. She co-authors a Psychology Today blog titled "Healing through Social Justice" and is an American Psychological Association (APA) Minority Fellow.

Dr. Della Mosley

Oct. 23rd

11:45am - 1pm

Mentoring as Antiracist Action

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About the Presenter: Dr. Jeremy A. Magruder Waisome is a Lecturer in the Department of Engineering Education in the Herbert Wertheim Colleg e of Engineering and serves as Special Assistant to the Dean of the Graduate School in the Division of Graduate Student Affairs at UF.  She is interested in research related to effective mentoring and strategies for broadening participation in STEM. Dr. Waisome is an avid science communicator and is the host of two podcasts including the University of Florida’s podcast, Unstoppable Minds.

Dr. Jeremy A. Magruder Waisome

Oct. 28th

1 - 2pm

Mindfulness as a Tool for Unpacking Racism

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About the Presenters:

Dr. Ana Puig serves as scholar and research director in the Office of Educational Research, College of Education at the University of Florida (UF) and Affiliate Faculty in the School of Human Development and Organizational Studies in Education, Counselor Education unit. Ana is a licensed mental health counselor and qualified supervisor in the state of Florida and a National Certified Counselor.

Dr. Elizabeth Washington is a professor of Social Studies Education and former Chair of the Faculty Policy Council Ad Hoc Committee on Allyship and Supporting Minoritized Faculty, Staff, and Students of Color During Distressing Times.

Dr. Maria Leite is the Coordinator of Assessment and Diversity Initiatives and Campus Diversity Liaison for the College of Education.

Dr. Ana Puig, Dr. Maria Leite, and Dr. Elizabeth Washington

Bootcamp participants may select either the the Oct. 21st or Oct. 28th interactive seminar, or attend both. 

 

Antiracist Action Working Group for Early Career Scholars

Members of the Antiracist Action Working Group for Early Career Scholars are committed to identifying and implementing actions to promote antiracist ideas and policies as integral parts of their career. Postdocs and Graduate students are invited to join the Antiracist Action Working Group for Early Career Scholars after participating in Bootcamp Working Groups and Interactive Seminars.

Dr. Sharonda Harris

Dr. Sharonda Harris

Chair, Antiracist Action Working Group for Early Career Scholars

Learn more about Dr. Harris

Dr. Lily Lewis

Member, Antiracist Action Working Group for Early Career Scholars

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