Podcast Episode 1: Interview with Doug Haynes

Read the interview transcript.

Higher Education represents the potential of people and society. We are a community; we should all strive to be the best we can be and make this world the best place it can be. With the current events and injustice happening in our society, there is no more important topic to cover than anti-Blackness and structural racism. We all need to own these realities and commit to creating change. 

Last week I had the chance to speak with Dr. Doug Haynes, UC Irvine’s Vice Chancellor of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion on anti-Black racism and higher education. During our discussion, he shared with us four tangible actions each person can take to fight systemic racism and make this world a better place for all, highlighted here: 

  • Acknowledge how anti-Black racism manifests itself in society 
  • Learn about implicit biases and anti-Black racism; recognizing bias is a skill that must be learned 
  • Collect and analyze data and evidence to help us understand how we’re doing 
  • Engage with members of the Black community to acknowledge and make their contributions visible 

I hope you enjoy our dialog. In addition, we have included several links to additional material you may find useful about this topic for you and your teams. 

TA

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