COMING SOON: 2022 NGLA Lectorials on R.A.C.E.

Lectorials on R.A.C.E. is a series of lectorials focused on Racism, Anti-Blackness, Colorism, and Equity. A lectorial is a large-scale educational program underpinned by active student-centered learning, utilizing inquiry-based and adult learning as methodologies of teaching and learning, and involving collaborative and interactive activities in place of traditional didactic lectures and tutorials.

The program format is approximately 40 minutes of content, 40 minutes of facilitated breakouts, and 10 minutes for closing. The breakouts will include reflection exercises, peer-to-peer interaction, etc., and will be facilitated by professionals.

Later this year, NGLA will announce our Lectorials on R.A.C.E. programs for the in-person experience of the 2022 NGLA Annual Conference from February 24 – 27, 2022 in Baltimore, MD.


2021 NGLA Lectorials on R.A.C.E.

NGLA is thankful for our Lectorials on R.A.C.E. programs from the 2021 NGLA Virtual Conference on February 25 – 28, 2021

The Lectorials on R.A.C.E. programs supported by Order of Omega were on Saturday, February 27, 2021 from 4:15pm - 5:45pm.


Racial Justice & Me: Exploring Early Memories and Personal Capacity to Address Racism & Colonialism 
presented by Jarvis Marlow-McCowin

The purpose of this workshop is to provide participants with an opportunity to 1) learn about the historical foundations of race and racism, 2) engage in personal, small, and large group reflection about early memories of race, racism, and racial justice, 3) develop a Personal Action Plan for showing up along one's personal racial justice journey as an effective and meaningful change agent. Participants will be exposed to various historical moments in United States history to explore anti-Black, anti-Asian, and anti-Latina/o/x racism and anti-Indigenous colonialism. As a result, participants will learn key strategies they can implement along their journey to truly be in community with one another to create and sustain a better world for all. Finally, participants will be guided through a reflective activity to reflect on what this all means for their organization regarding exclusivity, equity, and racial justice.

Presenter Biography:

Rural, Virginia born and raised, Jarvis A. Marlow-McCowin (proper gender pronouns: he/him) is a social justice learner and educator, student affairs scholar-practitioner, and active member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. By the time of this presentation, he serves as the Associate Director of Multicultural Student Leadership & Empowerment at Cornell University. Most recently, he served as SUNY Delhi's inaugural Multicultural Center Assistant Director. His collaborative work on Black male’s achievement in higher education has been presented at conferences such as the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), and published in a book entitled, Recruiting, Retaining, and Engaging African-American Males at Selective Public Research Universities: Challenges and Opportunities in Academics and Sports. Additionally, Jarvis' collaborative writing on the impact of diversity on college students has been published in outlets such as the Journal of College Student Development. He is currently pursuing his PhD at Binghamton University in Community Research & Action with a concentration in Social Justice & Higher Education.

Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @jamarlowmccowin


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A Little Black Book On Confronting Anti-Blackness 
presented by Victoria Alexander

Many fraternities and sororities continue, on a system level, to perpetuate anti-Blackness, period. This session will focus on reflection and growth opportunities for fraternities and sororities, of many councils, in regard to internalized anti-Blackness and its manifestations on various levels of the organization experience. Some manifestations of anti-Blackness include: white favoritism in recruitment, social risk-management practices, Black representation in chapters, Attendees will leave with a toolkit of knowledge and skills necessary to recognize and opposes anti-Blackness as active allies, as well as a take-home little black ebook to combat anti-Blackness.

Presenter Biography:

Victoria is a PhD student at the University of Maryland College of Education, studying Student Affairs. Her research interests include anti-racist pedagogy, critical consciousness building, and experiences of Black students in predominately white institutions. The aim of her work is to conduct critical research with which to challenge myths regarding the historical and present-day distributions of power, investigate the role of racism and anti-racism in social, professional, and educational spaces, and empower people to analyze and leverage their own social identities and positions within systems of power. By incorporating identity exploration, anti-racism, active allyship, and critical consciousnesses building into the fabric of our institutions and practices, she believes we can generate affirmative spaces and institutions where all stakeholders and community members can thrive. Professionally, she offers a variety of trainings, facilitations, and keynotes related to race, racism, implicit bias, microaggressions, social identity, discrimination, student affairs, fraternity & sorority life, and allyship. She also works as the Graduate Coordinator for Diversity and Inclusion in the Department of Fraternity and Sorority Life at the University of Maryland; where she provides training, programming, and support related to DEI initiatives.

Email: [email protected]
Instagram: @victoriaalxndr
Twitter: @victoriaalxndr


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Addressing Colorism
presented by Faustina J. Cuevas, M.Ed

Colorism is a symptom of racism and is deeply ingrained in our society. This session will uncover the ways in which colorism is perpetuated and how we as consumers have bought into it. We will discuss strategies to dismantle colorism.

Presenter Biography:

Faustina is an engaged speaker, and scholar. She was raised in Lynn, Massachusetts and has had the opportunity to live in many different places due to her educational background. A double alum of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, she studied Psychology, Spanish, and obtained her Master's of Education in Higher Education. Being a first generation college student and woman of color, opened her eyes to the inequalities that exist in the educational system for people with marginalized identities. It was in college where she became very passionate about social justice, and an active change agent in the fight for equity. She worked in the field of higher ed. for 10 years, where she engaged with people from all backgrounds and experiences. She brings this energy and experience to her clients through her independent consulting work.

Email[email protected]
Instagram: @fc_deiconsulting

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Bridging the Gap: The Road to Becoming a Transformative Ally 
presented by Shantera Chatman

"Bridging the Gap: The Road to Becoming a Transformative Ally" is a presentation that will overview the Transformative Ally Framework © while focusing in on the core area of Advocacy. An ally is a highly evolved person that navigates diversity, inclusion and equity with strength and accountability. Through small group discussions, catalytic storytelling, and an interactive presentation, participants will leave with an understanding of why advocacy matters and begin to explore ways to be a better ally within their organization.

Presenter Biography:

Shantera Chatman, President of PowHer Consulting, has chosen to blaze her own trail as she became a successful transformation consultant and community leader. From the moment she earned her degree from Texas A&M University, to the beginning of her stellar career at NASA as well as founding The Chatman Women's Foundation in Houston, Texas, Shantera developed a set of guiding principles for developing strong cultures that made her successful at many Fortune 500 companies. She is now ready to share those principles to empower others. Shantera weaves her experiences into powerful stories and interactive conversations that make her a sought-after speaker, consultant, and lecturer. As an Everything DiSC Authorized Partner, Shantera focuses on culture curation and building strong allies in the workplace. All the experiences and skills acquired throughout her 20+-year career make Shantera a strong speaker and leader. She is the author of Transformative Ally: Advocacy, Support & Coexistence, PowHer Play: A Women's Empowerment Guide, Embrace Resistance: How to Conquer Your Critics and emPowHering YOU: 12 Tips to Finding Your Voice.

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Instagram: @shanterachatman