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“Educating for Equity” Discussed at the 28th Annual Dwight L. Greene Symposium

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On Oct. 17, the Wesleyan Alumni of Color Council presented the 28th Annual Dwight L. Greene Symposium titled “Educating for Equity – Building Racial Competencies.” Several alumni of color who work at independent schools served as panelists to share their strategies on addressing race, diversity, and equity at institutions with longstanding histories of privileging sameness. The panelists included: Aléwa Cooper ’98, head of the Foote School in New Haven, Conn.; José De Jesús ’97, head of the Lake Forest Academy in Lake Forest, Ill.; Javaid Khan ’96, head of the middle division at the Horace Mann School in Riverdale, N.Y.; Semeka Smith-Williams ’97, director of diversity and equity at the Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y.; Steven Tejada ’97, head of the upper school at Maret School in Washington, D.C.; and Gillian Todd ’98, first program director at the Dalton School in New York, N.Y. Francisco Tezén ’97, CEO/president of A Better Chance in New York, N.Y., served as the event’s moderator.

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“The pandemic is impacting kids in different ways,
 especially kids of color and Black kids,” Tejada said. “And how do we think about our grading and our assessment during this
 time? And that shouldn’t be just during a pandemic, right?
 That should be happening all the time.
 And my hope is that we’re going to be holding onto some of those
 changes that we’re making right now and thinking about how those are
 making our schools better places regardless.”

Dwight L. Greene Symposium: Alumni Speak on Opportunities, Challenges in Higher Ed

The 24th Annual Dwight L. Greene Symposium, held in conjunction with Family Weekend, focused on “Opportunities and Challenges in Higher Ed." Speakers at the 2016 Dwight Greene were Al Green p’16, Tracy Gardner, moderator C. Andrew McGadney ’92, Assistant Professor of PhysicsRenee Sher ’11, and Marina Melendez ’83, MALS ’88. (Photo by John Van Vlack)

The 24th Annual Dwight L. Greene Symposium, held in conjunction with Family Weekend, focused on “Opportunities and Challenges in Higher Ed.” Speakers at the 2016 Dwight Greene were Allen Green P’19, Tracey Gardner ’96, moderator C. Andrew McGadney ’92, Renee Sher ’11, and Marina Melendez ’83, MALS ’88. (Photo by John Van Vlack)

The 24th Annual Dwight L. Greene Symposium, held on Oct. 29 during Family Weekend, featured a panel of alumni ranging over three decades, speaking about the opportunities and challenges in higher education. C. Andrew McGadney ’92, vice president and secretary at Colby College, moderated. Previously McGadney had served at Clark University in Worcester, Mass., where he was vice president for university advancement, He had begun his career in University Relations at Wesleyan, serving as a director of development. Antonio Farias, vice president for equity and inclusion/Title IX officer, welcomed the speakers and attendees.

The panel featured Tracey Gardner ’96, deputy chief of staff of the president’s office at New York University; Allen Green P’19, the dean of equity and inclusion at Sarah Lawrence College; Marina Melendez ’83, MALS ’88, associate dean at Connecticut College and former dean at Wesleyan; and Renee Sher ’07, assistant professor of physics at Wesleyan.

Garcia ’88 Leads Dwight Greene Symposium, Screens New Basketball Documentary

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World-renowned DJ, radio personality, streetball player and sneaker guru Robert ‘Bobbito’ Garcia ’88 led a movie screening and talkback during the 22nd Annual Dwight L. Greene Symposium, Sept. 26 in the Goldsmith Family Cinema. Garcia spoke about his journey to Wesleyan and beyond, in addition to sharing his award-winning independent documentary Doin’ it in the Park, which explores the history, culture, and social impact of New York’s summer basketball scene.

Shot at 180 courts in 75 days, the film covers a cross-section of players both professional and amateur, including Julius “Dr. J” Erving, Kenny Smith, “Pee Wee” Kirkland, “Fly” Williams, God Shammgod, Tim “Headache” Gittens, Corey “Homicide” Williams, Kenny Anderson, Jack Ryan, Richard “Crazy Legs” Colon, Niki Avery, Milani Malik, and the Park Pick-Up Players of New York City. The filmmakers traveled to most of the film locations by bicycle, carrying camera equipment and a basketball in their backpacks.

Shot at 180 courts in 75 days, the film covers a cross-section of players both professional and amateur, including Julius “Dr. J” Erving, Kenny Smith, “Pee Wee” Kirkland, “Fly” Williams, God Shammgod, Tim “Headache” Gittens, Corey “Homicide” Williams, Kenny Anderson, Jack Ryan, Richard “Crazy Legs” Colon, Niki Avery, Milani Malik, and the Park Pick-Up Players of New York City. The filmmakers traveled to most of the film locations by bicycle, carrying camera equipment and a basketball in their backpacks.

“Women of Color at Wesleyan” Topic of Greene Symposium

Wesleyan hosted the 21st annual Dwight L. Greene Symposium on Nov. 2. The topic this year was “Women of Color at Wesleyan.”

Wesleyan hosted the 21st annual Dwight L. Greene Symposium on Nov. 2. The topic this year was “Women of Color at Wesleyan.” Pictured in center, Interim Chief Diversity Officer Marina Melendez ’83 MALS ’88 moderated the panel consisting of Simone White ’93, Maria Santana-Guadalupe ’98, Saeyun Lee ’93 and Joyce Hall ’78.

Panelists Discuss Journey from Student to Teacher at Greene Symposium

Wesleyan hosted the 19th Annual Dwight L. Greene Symposium on Nov. 5. Pictured, from left, are Alford Young, Jr. ’88 from the University of Michigan; Greg Baldwin ’91; Leah Wright, Dartmouth Mellon Fellow and assistant professor of history and African American studies at Wesleyan; and Janina Montero, a former Wesleyan professor and current vice chancellor of student affairs at UCLA. Montero moderated the event.

Dwight L. Greene Symposium: ‘Media Innovation and Democracy’

Alberto Ibargüen '66, Knight Foundation President and CEO, Chairman of the Board of the Newseum, will deliver the 18th Annual Dwight L. Greene Symposium

Knight Foundation President and CEO, Chairman of the Board of The Newseum, and former publisher of The Miami Herald, Alberto Ibargüen ’66, is the featured speaker for the 18th annual Dwight L. Greene Symposium in Memorial Chapel on Oct. 23 at 4 p.m.

Ibargüen will explore the opportunities and challenges in today’s shifting information landscape. He will discuss an information paradox we are experiencing; specifically: We have more information available to us on any given day than most humans had in their lifetime during all of recorded history. Yet, for now, there is less information being produced that is local, reliable and civic. This trend endangers our democracy as it is premised on the free flow of reasonably reliable information.

The event is free and open to the public, but seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. The event will also be webcast live.

The event is sponsored by The Wesleyan Black Alumni Council (BAC); The Alumni of Color (AOC) Network. The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is at the forefront of journalism training and experiments to deliver on digital platforms the news and information communities must have to function well in a democracy.

Carter ’88 Speaks on ‘Green the Ghetto’ at Dwight Greene Symposium

Majora Carter '88 delivered the keynote address at the Dwight L. Greene Symposium Nov. 7.

Majora Carter '88 delivered the keynote address at the Dwight L. Greene Symposium Nov. 7.

Majora Carter ’88 delivered the keynote address titled “Green the Ghetto and How Much It Won’t Cost Us” during the 17th Annual Dwight L. Greene Symposium Nov. 7 in Memorial Chapel.

Carter is the founder of Sustainable South Bronx and River Heroes, host of Eco-Heroes on Sundance Channel and The Promised Land on National Public Radio.

Carter founded and led Sustainable South Bronx from 2001 to 2008, and is currently president of her own economic development consulting group.

The well-received presentation was preceded by Wesleyan President Michael Roth’s announcement of the College of the Environment.

The symposium, held in honor of Dwight L. Greene ’70, began in 1993 as a memorial to his life and work as a professor of law, mentor and friend to many.

The symposium was sponsored by the Wesleyan Black Alumni Council, the Alumni of Color  Network and the Robert Schumann Lecture Series in the Environmental Studies Program.