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The Black College Experience: A Panel Discussion with Black Faculty and Students

October 20, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm CDT

The Black College Experience: A Panel Discussion with Black Faculty and Students

One of the staple readings of the Moody College Honors Program has been the critically acclaimed memoir “Between the World and Me,” a powerful reflection on the legacy of white supremacy in America.  To supplement our conversations in class, this panel discussion will focus on one of the themes of the book:  the author’s transformative experience attending Howard University. Our faculty panelists, like Coates, have attended historically Black colleges as well as small liberal arts colleges and state schools. At UT, where our mission is to “transform lives for the benefit of society,” what is the experience like for Black students? Is it transformative in the ways that Howard was for Coates? Is it transformative in the way that it often is for other UT students? What is liberating and what is oppressive? How do students navigate white spaces on campus and classrooms? And what can all students and faculty learn from their stories? Please join us on October 20 for this moderated webinar discussion with Black faculty and students from the Moody College of Communication.

WHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 20, 6:30—7:30 p.m.

WHERE: https://utexas.zoom.us/j/92267999964

Faculty Panelists

Dr. Natalie Tindall, Professor and Director of the School of Advertising and Public Relations

Dr. Sean Upshaw, Assistant Professor, Advertising and Public Relations

Dr. Ya’Ke Smith, Associate Professor in RTF and Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Moody College of Communication

Student Panelists

Morgan Severson, Journalism, Moody Honors, Sophomore

Gregory Phea, Comm Studies, Moody Honors, Plan II, Senior

Tarniesha Floyd, Radio-TV-Film, Moody Honors, Sophomore

Simi Sodipe, Public Relations, Moody Honors, Junior

Divine Nwokoye, Radio-TV-Film, Moody Honors, Junior


Munji Nfor, Chair, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for Moody College Honors Student Council

Dave Junker, Director, Moody College Honors Program

Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Moody College Honors Program and Moody College Honors Student Council.


October 20, 2021
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm CDT
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Target Audience
Faculty, Staff, Students, General Public
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Honors Program, Moody College

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