Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Reception: 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Lecture: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Location: Northridge Center, University Student Union
Dr. Estela Bensimon
Making “Race Talk” a Routine Practice on College Campuses
Dr. Bensimon is a Distinguished Professor of Higher Education at the USC Rossier School of Education and Co-Director of the Center for Urban Education, which she founded in 1999.
During her address, Dr. Bensimon will present a compelling framework that has enabled colleges across the country to engage in a campus-wide process of self-reflection regarding race, equity, and student success. Dr. Bensimon developed the Equity Scorecard as a result of her determination to increase equity in higher education outcomes for students of color. The scorecard process takes a strengths-based approach that empowers faculty, administrators, and staff as “researchers” into their own practices, with the ultimate goal of not just marginal changes in policy or practice, but a campus-wide shift towards cultures of inclusion and broad ownership over racial equity.
Since its founding, CUE has worked with thousands of college professionals—from presidents to faculty to academic counselors - helping them take steps in their daily work to reverse the impact of the historical and structural disadvantages that prevent many students of color from excelling in higher education. The innovative Equity Scorecard process takes a strengths-based approach starting from the premise that faculty and administrators are committed to doing “the good.” CUE builds upon this premise by developing tools and processes that empower these professionals.
Dr. Bensimon also served as the associate dean of the USC Rossier School of Education from 1996-2000 and was a Fulbright Scholar to Mexico in 2002. She earned her doctorate in higher education from Teachers College, Columbia University.