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Perspectives on Protest, Politics & Pandemics



Friday, March 05 2021, 9:00am - 5:00pm EST

Hosted by Wilson College, Chambersburg, PA


Now More than Ever: Perspectives on Protest, Politics & Pandemics

Now more than ever we as multicultural educators must lead our communities in combating racism. The disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and lower income communities has exposed and exacerbated significant gaps in the quality of life among Americans. These inequities amplify the roles of educators in helping students succeed in the virtual learning environments necessitated by the pandemic and  creating safe social-emotional support environments for students. Equal considerations for the ways institutions have addressed the safety, professional support, and well-being of faculty and staff must also inform the discourse. We cannot separate these gaps from a chilling political climate that has fostered racial division, criticized multicultural education, and attempted to diminish evidence-based approaches to addressing the cultural, social, environmental, and medical challenges of our time. The heightened national and global attention to state sanctioned violence toward black and brown bodies risks desensitizing the populace to police brutality, and normalizing the emotional and physical toll of protests. 




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Dr. Tiffenia D. Archie, Ph.D.

Tiffenia D. Archie, Ph.D., is Assistant Vice President of Institutional Diversity, Equity, Advocacy and Leadership (IDEAL) at Temple University.  IDEAL leads campus-wide diversity, inclusion and equity initiatives (DEI) including faculty, staff and student engagement and retention, supplier diversity and business procurement, gender and sexuality inclusion and education and training.  Dr. Archie is a co-creator of the Certificate in Diversity Leadership, a collaboration with the College of Education and Human Development.


Dr. Archie has been involved in a number of professional organizations including the Association of Black Women in Higher Education (ABWHE), serving two terms as Philadelphia Chapter President, the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME), PA-NAME, the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE), and the Pennsylvania Association for Liaisons and Officers of Multicultural Affairs (PALOMA).  She is the current Vice Chair of the Albright College Board of Trustees and chairs the Student and Campus Life Committee and is a member of the Investment and Governance Committees.  


Dr. Archie was the 2010 Recipient of the Outstanding Leader in Education Award presented by the ABWHE and a 2020 Winner of the Jacob Albright Award, the highest honor bestowed upon an Albright College graduate.


Ida L. Castro, JD

As associate dean for equity and inclusion, vice president for community engagement and chief diversity officer, Ida L. Castro, JD, leads diversity, inclusion and social justice efforts for students, faculty and staff, and initiates multicultural programming at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. Dr. Castro is the principal investigator for the $3.4 million HRSA funded Diversity and Inclusion Center of Excellence and established the longitudinal career pathway program REACH-HEI. Dr. Castro reaches out to educational and community groups to create programs that advance the region’s interests and needs, with special attention to its rural, disadvantaged and minority populations. In addition, she engages the school community to build local, regional, statewide and national initiatives and support for Geisinger Commonwealth’s overarching mission and goals. Dr. Castro joined Geisinger Commonwealth as a founding executive in September 2008, with more than 25 years of experience in law, academia, not-for-profit and government agencies, including serving as the first Latina chairwoman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) – to which she was appointed with Senate confirmation by President Bill Clinton in 1998. Dr. Castro earned her BA at the University of Puerto Rico. She received her master’s degree from Rutgers University and her juris doctorate from Rutgers-Newark School of Law. She was awarded an honorary doctorate in humane letters by St. Joseph’s College.

Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine Office of Community Engagement


Gina Morrison, Ph.D.

Gina Zanolini Morrison is a tenured Professor of Global Cultures specializing in multicultural and international education.  Her PhD is in Human Development/Instructional Leadership.  Having begun her career as an ESL teacher, she has taught on all levels from secondary school to undergraduate and graduate education at Wilkes University.  Her teaching and research focus on diversity in education, cultural identity development, study abroad, and cultural differences in ways of knowing, particularly among women.  She has had two sabbaticals in Malaysian universities, one as a Fulbright Specialist.  She now serves as the Fulbright adviser for Wilkes University.

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Lamont Carolina

Lamont Carolina serves as Senior Manager of People Experience at Oscar Health, a tech based health insurance company. He has helped to transform Oscar's workplace from startup-like to best in class through all things employee engagement. Lamont co-founded and leads Melanin, Oscar's Black employee resource group (ERG) and is an active member of NJAM, (Not Just A Month) a collective Black ERG leaders across tech companies and beyond. 


As a well-rounded entertainer and event planner, Lamont has produced dozens of thought provoking and engaging programs. Lamont's past experiences include non profit, government, and political campaigning, most notably, he served as the Director of Voter Registration for President Obama's reelection campaign in North Carolina leading to the registration of over 340,000 voters during the 2012 cycle.

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Rasheda Likely, Ph.D.

Dr. Rasheda Likely, a native of Pensacola, FL, earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s
of Science in Biology from the University of North Florida. She holds a Ph.D. in Education from
Drexel University. As a doctoral student, she was pivotal in the development and implementation of seven different science curricula across the Greater Philadelphia area reaching over 400 elementary and middle school students.


Dr. Likely’s research interests include developing decolonized science curricula, activities, and assessments. Her doctoral dissertation study, "Lotions and Potions: Exploring Black Girls' Engagement in and Perceptions of Science Practices through Hair Care, situated hair care as a scientific content topic and the making of hair and skin care products as science activities. She used a culturally sustaining framework to incorporate a do-it-yourself (DIY) video as an assessment instrument.


Dr. Likely currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Science Education at Kennesaw State University where she teaches science methods courses to pre service elementary teachers.  She takes great delight in building teacher capacity for engaging students in and expanding the evaluation of science and engineering practices. Through her teaching, research, and service, Dr. Rasheda Likely continues to re-imagine learning experiences that reflect and center the brilliance of minoritized students.



Friday, March 5, 2021

9:00am - 9:15am EST


9:15am - 9:30am EST

Dorman Award Presentation

9:30am - 10:00am EST

Keynote Panelists

10:00am - 10:30am EST

Open Discussion

10:35am - 12:10pm EST

Concurrent Block A:

Presentations, Interactive Workshops & Facilitated Conversations

12:00pm - 1:00pm EST


1:00pm - 2:40pm EST

Concurrent Block B:

Presentations, Interactive Workshops & Facilitated Conversations

2:45pm - 4:25pm EST

Concurrent Block C:

Presentations, Interactive Workshops & Facilitated Conversations

4:30pm - 5:00pm EST

Closing Circle

Protester with sign, I can't breathe



Wilson College was founded in 1869 as a college for women, one of the first in the United States. For nearly 150 years, we’ve been proud to provide education and resources that respond to changing student needs. Today, Wilson admits men and women of all ages to enroll in its bachelor's and associate degree programs, as well as post-baccalaureate and graduate programs. 

The mission of Wilson College is to empower students through an engaged, collaborative, liberal arts education that combines the skills and focused study needed for success in work and life. We are a close, supportive community that develops the mind and character of all students, preparing them to meet the challenges of a global society.

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Wilson College - Department of Teacher Education

Chambersburg, PA



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