UW Graduate School

Brown Bag Series

Graduate School staff engage in a variety of activities that highlight diversity and inclusion. Our brown bag series provides an opportunity to for discussion and reflection on an issues concerning equity, bias, resistance, resilience, and social justice. Staff are encouraged to take elements of these discussions and apply them to their work serving graduate students, faculty and staff.

Upcoming Events

Common Book Discussion

Cropped CoverNovember 16, 2017 — Lorraine Brave will facilitate a discussion of Sherman Alexie’s newly-released book, You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me. (From the book jacket) Sherman Alexie’s bond with his mother, Lillian, was more complex than most. She plunged her family into chaos with a drinking habit but shed her addiction when it was on the brink of costing her everything. She survived a violent past but created an elaborate facade to hide the truth. She selflessly cared for strangers but was often incapable of showering her children with the affection they so desperately craved. She wanted a better life for her son, but it was only by leaving her behind that he could hope to achieve it. It’s these contradictions that made Lillian Alexie a beautiful, mercurial, abusive, intelligent, complex, and very human woman. When she passed away, the incongruities that defined his mother shook Alexie and his memory of her. Grappling with the loss, he responded the only way he knew how: he wrote. The result is a stunning memoir — raw, angry, funny, profane, tender — of a childhood few can imagine, much less survive. An unflinching and unforgettable remembrance, You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me is a powerful, deeply felt account of a complicated relationship.

Past Events

Thursday, April 7, 2016 — Microagressions.

February 19, 2015 — “Being Black in Seattle.” In celebration of Black History Month our discussion focused on a local NPR series entitled “Being Black in Seattle.” The series creator, Tonya Mosley, facilitated our discussion. In her four part series Tonya Mosley examines the question: What is it like to be black in Seattle? From experiencing the public school’s busing program in the 1970s to struggling with single life in the city – Mosley captures stories that point to the history and future of understanding racial identity in our Northwest metro area, its rewards and its challenges.

Attendees were encouraged to listen to the series online prior to attending. Each segment is under 10 minutes.

April 30, 2015 — The Native Experience at UW. Associate Professor Charlotte Cote facilitated a discussion for staff that explored how wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷIntellectual House came into existence. Charlotte led a guided tour of the newly opened Intellectual House followed by a discussion.

June 18, 2015 — What does it mean to create a safe space? A training on how to be an LGBTQ Ally. Staff from the Q center led a Safe Zone training session. The event provided staff with the resources needed to advocate for and support LGBTQ individuals on campus. The discussion explored topics such as breaking down language, what it means to be queer, and what it means to be an advocate to folks from minority communities. Some tools shared to at the event were a terminology sheet (insert hyperlink to document) and the Consortium of Higher Education’s LGBT Resource Professionals Suggested Best Practices for Supporting Trans* Students (insert hyperlink to document here).

October 22, 2015 — Natives and Migrants: Exploring Race, Colonialism and Borders. Jose Antonio Lucero, Associate Professor of International Studies, facilitated a discussion about the impact of immigration policies on the lives of individuals along the US-Mexico borderlands. In preparation for the discussion individuals were asked to read or view one of the following pieces:

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December 3, 2015 — Disabilities, Discrimination and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Mark Adreon and Robert Canamar, Commissioners from the City of Seattle’s Commission for People with Disabilities, facilitated a conversation with staff about a variety of topics associated with disability access in higher education and the workforce. Participants were asked to watch keynote speaker, Maud Steyaert, address the public at the City of Seattle’s celebration of ADA anniversary prior to attending. Maud begins speaking at minute 35 of the video.

February 10, 2016 — Book Discussion of Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. In celebration of Black History month Maurice Dolberry, Ph.D., facilitated a discussion on Ta-Nehisi Coates’ book Between the World and Me. We encouraged participants to read the book, listen to a brief excerpt from the audio book, or read the book review from the NY Times.