Disrupting Oppressive Spaces: Our Roles as Institutional Actors

Monday, April 1, 2019
10:50 AM - 11:40 AM

Center for Teaching Excellence
Thomas Cooper Library, Room L511

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This session will discuss our roles as institutional actors/representatives in disrupting oppressive forces that are pervasive in society and within institutions. During this session, we bring participants to a heightened level of awareness around historical and contemporary institutional oppression, and we discuss the socialization process and how a lack of critical consciousness can lead to the perpetuation of all forms of oppression, specifically racism. In addition, we discuss how a lack of critical consciousness can lead to disparate academic and social outcomes and can also lead to an unhealthy identity development for all.

The ultimate objective of this session is to engage participants in a conversation that could lead to a heightened critical consciousness around systemic oppression and privilege. We will also discuss concepts like implicit bias and give participants resources and tools to aid them in beginning their own journey toward becoming equity-focused agents of change within our various institutions.

This workshop is an elective workshop for the Teaching Towards Inclusive Excellence (TTIE) certificate of completion. In order to qualify for the certificate of completion, participants must attend the Inclusive Excellence at USC workshop and seven (7) electives. Participants will have 3 academic semesters (not including summer semester) to complete the Teaching Towards Inclusive Excellence (TTIE) certificate of completion.

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Daniel Spikes
Assistant Professor
Educational Leadership and Policies
College of Education

Daniel Spikes is an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership and Policies at the University of South Carolina (USC). His research interests focus on racial disparities in educational outcomes and the policies and practices of school districts, schools, and school leaders that serve to perpetuate and/or ameliorate these disparities. He also focuses on the professional development of adult learners on cultural proficiency and/or anti-racism and how this development contributes to the improvement of racial outcomes.

Spikes has delivered professional development sessions and talks throughout the country to various groups and organizations, including educational, religious, professional and civic and service organizations. Prior to accepting the position at USC, he served as an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership, Organizations and Policy at Iowa State University (ISU) for four years. He also served as a middle school English/Language Arts teacher and high school administrator in Lufkin, TX. In addition, he worked as an adjunct faculty member at Angelina Community College, as the Assistant Director for Pre-College Academic Readiness Programs, and as the District Site Coordinator for the federally funded Principalship Program at UT-Austin.