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Equity & Social Justice Reading Series

The Equity and Social Justice Reading Series is a space for Maryland graduate students to engage in critical thinking and discussion around social justice, focusing on current research and work being done by the UMD community, particularly from our black and brown faculty and students. Articles are pre-selected and shared in advance of the discussion sessions. Graduate School staff will help facilitate the virtual space and discussions. Whenever possible, we will invite the authors to join us in the conversations.

Fall 2021

October 29, 12-1pm -- Register here 

This month, we'll be joined by the College of Education’s Prof. Michelle Espino, known to the audience of her podcast LATINX INTELLIGENTSIA as La Profesora, to discuss her podcast, the work it does, and the work involved in doing it. To prepare, listen instead of reading! We recommend two episodes in particular, "Lifting as We Climb" (on mentorship) and "Ethical Chisme Rooted in Queer Radical Love". 

November 12, 12-1pm -- Register here 

On November 12, we'll be joined by by Prof. Jennifer Roberts of the School of Public Health to discuss her research on the impact of the built environment on the public health outcomes of marginalized communities. Please read "Central Park: Black Bodies, Green Spaces, White Minds." You may also want to listen to Prof. Roberts discuss health design and the built environment on The Visible Voices podcast or read about her work here on campus in NatureRx@UMD: A Review for Pursuing Green Space as a Health and Wellness Resource for the Body, Mind and Soul.

December 10, 12-1pm -- Register here

On December 10, we'll be joined by Prof. La Marr Jurelle Bruce of the Department of American Studies (and Affiliate Faculty in the School of Music), to discuss his book How to Go Mad without Losing Your Mind: Madness and Black Radical Creativity. Please read the first chapter of Prof. Bruce's book, "Mad is a Place," before the meeting.


Contact Information

The Graduate School, University of Maryland

2123 Lee Building
7809 Regents Drive
College Park, MD 20742