Dr. Alex Gee reflects on a successful meeting with a group of visiting African scholars through the University of Wisconsin. The Mandela Washington Fellowship (MWF) for Young African Leaders is the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). The program empowers young people through academic coursework, leadership training, and networking. The Nehemiah Center for Urban Leadership Development hosted the Mandela Washington Fellows in a discussion of their work and compared cultural experiences.
Dr. Alex Gee brings you an important figure in the White Allyship conversation, Dr. Robin DiAngelo. Their conversation is insightful, truthful, and challenging to the system of racism. Dr. Gee and Dr. DiAngelo share the ability to speak from life experience, both personally and professionally, in an episode that is not to be missed.
Dr. Robin DiAngelo is the Affiliate Associate Professor of Education at the University of Washington. Her area of research is in Whiteness Studies and Critical Discourse Analysis, explicating how whiteness is reproduced in everyday narratives. Dr. DiAngelo has numerous publications and books, including Is Everybody Really Equal?: An Introduction to Key Concepts in Critical Social Justice Education, co-written with Özlem Sensoy, and which received both the American Educational Studies Association Critics Choice Book Award (2012) and the Society of Professors of Education Book Award (2018). In 2011 she coined the term White Fragility in an academic article which influenced the national dialogue on race. Dr. DiAngelo’s book, White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism was released in June of 2018 and debuted on the New York Times Bestseller List.
Dr. Alex Gee continues his revealing exploration of his complex heritage involving White and Black sides of his family. In this episode, Dr. Gee has a conversation with his third cousin, Meg Roy, and his daughter, Lexi Gee for a perspective from the younger generation of the family. These two women have an insightful conversation, coming from their different communities, but appreciating the perspective of women. And you don’t want to miss some surprising revelations along the way.
In this special shorter episode, Dr. Alex Gee explores some recent issues in the news and takes a question from a listener. Get Dr. Gee’s insightful and passionate take on racism at Duke and the incident portrayed in the Netflix series When They See Us.
Dr. Alex Gee discusses the innovative health and wellness work of Dr. Jasmine Zapata. Dr. Zapata is a dynamic author, physician, health educator, speaker, youth empowerment specialist, and community leader known both locally and internationally. She is a board certified pediatrician as well as a preventive medicine/public health doctor. Her focus is on ways to get outside the clinic walls to impact health outcomes for children and families on a community based level. Her research and community work focuses on racial disparities in infant mortality, upstream determinants of health, youth resilience, public health approaches to violence prevention, and innovative methods of community engagement and health promotion. She is the founder of the Beyond Beautiful International Youth Empowerment Movement as well as co founder of the Madison Inspirational Youth Choir among other roles.
Dr. Alex Gee has a conversation with Patrick Sims, Deputy Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion, and Vice Provost and Chief Diversity Officer for the Univerisity of Wisconsin-Madison. Sims oversees the Division of Diversity, Equity and Educational Achievement at the University.
The discussion is an honest exploration of how large educational institutions handle diversity and the challenges of race in the campus environment. You are going to want to hear about Patrick’s unique background and how he came into this role to affect positive change at the university.