Workshop Description: In this workshop, participants will work towards developing an understanding of how structural racism is present in higher education today. Beginning with developing shared language and framework, participants will work towards identifying how white supremacy informs structural racism in institutions and individual practice. Using group discussion and action planning, participants will identify anti-racist strategies and practices to address structural racism within their own spheres of influence.
About the Facilitator: Jenn Wells, Ed.D. is the Director of Equity and Inclusion at Marlborough School, an independent girls school in Los Angeles. Receiving her B.A. in American Literature and Culture with an Education Studies minor from the University of California, Los Angeles, Jenn Wells received her Masters in Higher Education Administration from New York University and Doctorate of Education in Organizational Change & Leadership at the University of Southern California. Jenn’s 12 year career in higher education has focused on student leadership development with an emphasis on creating equitable learning environments and social justice education for college students. In her current position, Jenn works as a chief diversity officer for Marlborough School in Los Angeles, directing campus-wide leadership, programming, and initiatives aimed supporting the School’s commitment to inclusion, equity, and accountability. Jenn’s dissertation focused on exploring the organizational resistance faced by college chief diversity officers in impacting institutional change.