Race + Equity + Wellbeing Series
A catalyst for equitable change so all people can thrive.
- About the Series
- Upcoming Sessions (3)
- Discussion Sessions
- Meet the Series Moderator
- Previous Sessions
We leverage the collective knowledge of faculty, staff, and students to advance our community’s understanding of, and ability to speak with each other about race, equity, and well-being.
We use our collective power and positionality to ensure that lived experiences at the intersection of race, equity, and wellbeing are central to any conversation about culture at USC.
We commit to leveraging our power and positionality to call for and engage in processes of assessment and change of policy and culture to advance equity and wellbeing.
About the Series
More than two thousand USC staff and faculty participated in the series that provided space to learn, connect, heal, and take action to support themselves and others. The Spring 2022 series will include community members working together to create a more inclusive and equitable USC.
Join experts from our USC community every other Tuesday starting October 18 and ending December 13, from 12-12:50pm. Expert panelists will gather to engage in topics of Race, Equity, and Wellbeing. Recording of each webinar will be available in the days following each session.
The Tuesday following each webinar, the conversation will continue with Discussion Groups, also from 12:00-12:50pm. Led by trained facilitators, these important dialogues allow participants to engage with other staff and faculty. Reactions, stories, plans for action, and honest reflection are encouraged. Webinar attendance is NOT required for the discussion groups.
This series is a collaboration between HR, Equity, and Compliance, USC Office of Campus Wellbeing and Education, USC Culture Journey, and the Office of the Vice President and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer. If you have any questions, please contact email@example.com
Upcoming Sessions (3)
Session 3 (November 15, 2022, 12 p.m.)
Session 4 (November 29, 2022, 12 p.m.)
Session 5 (December 13, 2022, 12 p.m.)
Session 3: Seats at the Table: On representation and relationships
November 15, 2022, 12 p.m.
“Representation” is a foundational concept in American history, yet to this day, has been denied from so many. Beyond numerical diversity, representation of diverse identities in dialogue ensures that important decisions are reflective of the community they will impact.
Join Dr. Quade French and an expert panel to explore representation, proximity to power, and how leaders must move beyond stating “my door is always open” and instead, reach across, invite in, and yield the floor.
Associate Professor of Education and USC Race & Equity Center Director of Student Engagement
Vice President and Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer
Session 4: “But that’s not funny.” Setting boundaries by speaking to impact over intent
November 29, 2022, 12 p.m.
Statements made in jest that are rooted in prejudice and are othering, happen all around us. What do we do when we do not find a statement funny? Do we ignore, cancel, confront? How do we understand intent versus impact in those moments? What about hierarchical power? Who is “responsible” for saying something?
Join Dr. Quade French and an expert panel as they discuss the impact of these experiences and outline strategies they use to respond, even if your response is to disengage.
Vice President of Culture, Ethics and Compliance and Chief Compliance Officer
Associate Senior Vice President, Safety and Risk Assurance
Session 5: “Palmam qui meruit ferat.” I earned my palms, and I will decide where to bear them.
December 13, 2022, 12 p.m.
Now, more than ever, people are renegotiating their relationship to work. People are more discerning where to bring their talents and expertise, and more assertive in prioritizing their needs. More people understand that the pursuit of equity and wellbeing do not detract from productivity, but enhance it, and seek workplaces and leaders who share this view.
Join Dr. Quade French and an expert panel as they center racial equity, wellbeing, and organizational culture as three requirements for a healthy culture of work, and explore how employees are prioritizing their needs as they decide on career paths.
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs at Marshall
Executive Director, Talent, Learning & Organizational Development
Alternating Tuesdays from 12:00-12:50pm
Led by skilled facilitators, theConnectionsDiscussion Sessions allow participants to engage in a safe, confidential space with other staff and faculty to:
- Come together in solidarity around participants’ lived experiences at the intersections of race, equity, and wellbeing
- Actively connect the content of the panel discussions with their own experiences and sense of culture at USC
- Work together to turn ideas into action in their departments and communities
- Explore available resources at USC to support an anti-racist community
Importantly, the discussion groups are not
- Recorded in any way
- A place where BIPOC and other marginalized folks are expected to relive trauma for the educational benefit of others
- A substitute for therapy or counseling
- A formal investigatory body
- Webinar attendance is NOT required for the discussion groups
Meet the Series Moderator
Quade French, Ph.D.
USC Campus Wellbeing and Education
Dr. Quade French is a licensed clinical psychologist in the USC Provost’s Office of Campus Wellbeing and Education. His work and research focus on intersections between culture and individual wellbeing, as well as on interpersonal relationships in diverse groups and large systems.
He currently serves as a consultant to staff, faculty, students, and administrators, working collaboratively to identify and address systemic, and interpersonal dynamics that impact individual and group wellbeing, and affect experiences of inclusion and belonging at USC. Dr. French is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Rossier School of Education where he teaches on topics of counseling theory, practice, and ethics.
Meet the Facilitators
REW Project Team
The REW Project is led by USC University HR Talent and Organization Development and Campus Wellbeing.
Employee Development Specialist
Consultant, Campus Wellbeing
Associate Vice Provost, Campus Wellbeing
October 18, 12:00pm Still We Stand: When pursuing racial equity and wellbeing is a way of life
November 1, 12:00pm But Look What Great Programs We Have! Is all programming performative?
- Webinar (Passcode: 85hD36!a)
March 22, 12:00pm Why We Fight: Sustaining Our Commitment to Racial Equity by Sustaining Ourselves
April 5, 12:00pm How To Build What We Have Not Seen: When Effort May Be More Important Than Expertise
April 19, 12:00pm But DEI Is Not in Your Job Description: What It Takes To Get Change Going
May 3, 12:00pm How Do You Show Up? Living a Life True to Your Values Especially When It Is Hard
May 17, 12:00pm Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired: When To Stay and Fight for Change, and When To Move On
May 31, 12:00pm
Why We Fight: Sustaining Our Commitment to Racial Equity by Sustaining Ourselves Revisited
March 2, 12:00pm Making Sense of the Chaos of 2020 and Envisioning the Road Ahead
March 16, 12:00pm The Importance of Cultivating Self-Awareness
March 30, 12:00pm Was I Just Racist?
April 13, 12:00pm Recognizing and Responding to Racism
April 27, 12:00pm Language Matters
May 11, 12:00pm How to Create Environments Where All Employees can be Their Full, Authentic Selves
July 13, 12:00pm Energy and Restoration: Finding Strength from Ourselves and Our Community
July 27, 12:00pm We Are the Movement: Strengthening Our Inclusive Community
September 14, 12:00pm Moving the Needle and Seismic Shifts
September 28, 12:00pm Psychological Safety as an Issue of Equity
October 12, 12:00pm Moving from “Ugh!” to “Oh!”
October 26, 12:00pm Lead from any seat
November 9, 12:00pm Levers of Justice
November 23, 12:00pm What is a “Trojan?” Brand Loyalty and The Community
Please see also: diversity.usc.edu/events/