SOAL Collective Action Series

To honor the charge by President Christopher Blake to continually aspire to the values of
stewardship, adaptability, engagement and learning during this racially charged time, we present the School of Arts and Letters Collective Action Series. As faculty and staff, we occupy a unique position to foster an atmosphere of equality and inclusivity for our students by leading the charge. To accomplish this goal, we must be brave and ready to have the tough conversation.  Please join us as we navigate through our institutional values with a series of events and activities. Each is intended to help begin these challenging, but necessary conversations.

SPRING 2021

BOLD DIALOGUE: LEARNING 

In Spring 2021, the SOAL Collective Action Series is proud to introduce BOLD Dialogue. This series is open to faculty, staff, and students. This series also marks the last series presented by the SOAL Collective Action Series.

The MGA value this new series will embrace is learning. As noted on our website, learning is the “reason we exist as an institution and why students entrust us and also what we each must do continuously as faculty and staff to stay abreast of expanding and changing fields of knowledge and grow professionally.” It is our hope that this series will further facilitate learning for all who participate.

BOLD Dialogue is a lecture/discussion series with invited guest speakers who will discuss antiracism and equity through their professional, personal and lived experiences. Each speaker has a unique background in higher education, journalism, art, music, social justice, African American studies, just to name a few. During BOLD Dialogue, SOAL CAS hosts will facilitate open and honest discussions and allow each guest to share their stories and perspectives. Each session will take place virtually via MS Teams and last an hour.

Our first BOLD Dialogue: The State of Our Union will take place on January 28 at 3:30 pm (via TEAMS). MGA faculty, staff, and students will receive an email with a link to join these meaningful discussions!

BOLD Dialogue (BD) sessions are OPEN to MGA faculty, staff, and students. The MS Teams link for each session is sent via MGA email prior to the event. For questions or to request a link directly, email .

BOLD Dialogue Schedule & Participants:

Thursday,
January 28

A SOAL COLLECTIVE ACTION SERIES
A Bold Dialogue (BD #1): The State of Our Union
Location: Via MS TEAMS (click link below)
Time: 3:30 -4:30 pm
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LaVette Burnette, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Media and Communication
MGA School of Arts & Letters

Daneell Moore, Ph.D. 
Assistant Professor of Teacher Education and BSSE Program Coordinator
MGA School of Education & Behavioral Sciences

Andre Nicholson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Media And Communication
MGA School of Arts & Letters

Alison Nooks, M.B.A., M.A.
Online Academic Program Coordinator  & Media and Communication Faculty
Affordable Learning Georgia (ALG) Design Champion
MGA School of Arts & Letters

Simone Phipps, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Management
MGA School of Business

Jeffrey Tarver, M.P.A.
Assistant Professor Of Criminal Justice
MGA School of Education And Behavioral Sciences

Contact: Alison Nooks, Dr. Lavette Burnette, and Dr. Andre Nicholson

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Thursday,
February 25

A SOAL COLLECTIVE ACTION SERIES
A Bold Dialogue (BD #2): Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Location: Via MS TEAMS
3:30 pm

Dialogue Participant:
Jamal Eric Watson, Ph.D.
Editor at Large, Diverse Issues of Higher Education 
Director of Strategic Communication and Public Relations Graduate Program &
Professor of Strategic Communication and Public Relations, Trinity Washington University

Open to Faculty, Staff and Students (TEAMS link sent via MGA email prior to event)
Contact: Alison Nooks, Dr. Lavette Burnette, and Dr. Andre Nicholson

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Thursday,
March 25

A SOAL COLLECTIVE ACTION SERIES
A Bold Dialogue (BD #3): Equity in Healthcare: Finding a Path Forward
Location: Via MS TEAMS
3:30 pm

Dialogue Participants:
Thessicar Antonie-Reid, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor at Case Western Reserve University &
Medical Director of Microbiology at The MetroHealth Medical System

Andrew Reid. M.S.
Epidemiologist & Data Quality Regional Lead
Tennessee Department of Health 

Open to Faculty, Staff and Students (TEAMS link sent via MGA email prior to event)
Contact: Alison Nooks, Dr. Lavette Burnette, and Dr. Andre Nicholson

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Thursday,
April 29

A SOAL COLLECTIVE ACTION SERIES
A BOLD Dialogue (BD #4): A Student Perspective on Equity & Inclusion
Dialogue Participants (MGA Students):
Tesia Baker

Kessiny Neal
Adarius McCoy
Kaitlyn Wells

Location: Via MS TEAMS
3:30 pm

Open to Faculty, Staff and Students (TEAMS link sent via MGA email prior to event)
Contact: Alison Nooks, Dr. Lavette Burnette, and Dr. Andre Nicholson


We look forward to sharing more information as we get close to dialogue dates. For questions, please email the SOAL CAS hosts/facilitators - Alison Nooks, Andre Nicholson, and LaVette Burnette - at soalcasorganizers@mga.edu.

SERIES HOSTS:

LaVette Burnette, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Media and Communication
School of Arts & Letters

Andre Nicholson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Media and Communication
School of Arts & Letters

Alison Nooks, M.B.A., M.A.
Online Academic Program Coordinator &
Media,Culture and Arts Faculty (Adjunct)
School of Arts & Letters


FALL 2020 SERIES

Book Club: ADAPTABILITY

Our first endeavor in this series will address ADAPTABILITY with a book discussion of Ibram X. Kendi’s  How to be an Antiracist. Kendi is the founding director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University and is currently the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University and 2020-2021 Frances B. Cashin Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. He offers a combination of history, law, and personal accounts of his journey to free himself of racists ideologies. The book's goal matches our values as we use self-examination and transformation to form a just and equitable society. The book club intends to start the antiracism dialogue, share resources for personal growth, and offer tangible tools to help our faculty, staff and students.


Each meeting will include a discussion of reading prompts, our shared impressions, and suggestions of actionable ideas to implement in our lives and interactions with students.The “Book Club” Microsoft Teams meeting schedule is as follows:

  • Chapters 1 to 4: Thursday, July 30 at 3:30 pm
  • Chapters 5 to 8: Thursday, August 27 at 3:30 pm
  • Chapters 9 to 12: Thursday, September 24 at 3:30 pm
  • Chapters 13 to 15: Thursday, October 29 at 3:30 pm
  • Chapters 16 to 18: Thursday, November 19 at 3:30 pm
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MGA FACULTY & STAFF WHO WOULD LIKE TO JOIN THE SERIES:
In order to join the series via Microsoft TEAMS, log in using your MGA credentials. Then, click the "Teams" tab and enter CODE xm0ycay or email soalcollectiveactionseries@mga.edu (organizers) to be added to the Teams group. If you have questions, please do let us know.

Panel Discussion: ENGAGEMENT

President Blake issued an inspiring charge of ENGAGEMENT in his President's Message on Racial Justice (in June) that we must create opportunities to “acknowledge our differences and then consider how that new knowledge can shape our own outlook and behavior. In doing so, we are empowered to see our common humanity, rather than simply being self-advancing individuals.” To fulfill his charge, we present the Lived Experiences: A Discussion on Race, Diversity and Equity. The panel will share instances and the impact of racial inequality within and outside of the academy. We offer a candid dialogue and space for panelists, co-moderators, and participants to engage in our lived experiences to better understand our collective experience. All are welcome to attend.

SOAL Collective Action Series PANEL:
Lived Experiences: A Discussion on Race, Diversity and Equity
Date: Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 3:30 pm via TEAMS*
*Students, faculty and staff will receive the TEAMS link via email a week prior to the event

Panelists:
Jenia Bacote, J.D.
MGA Director of Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity | Title Ix Coordinator

Tesia Baker
President, MGA Student Government Association

Joshua Hill, M.A.
English Lecturer, MGA School of Arts & Letters

Jeffrey Tarver, M.P.A.
Assistant Professor Of Criminal Justice, MGA School Of Education And Behavioral Sciences

Moderator:
Andre Nicholson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor Of Media And Communication, MGA School Of Arts & Letters

Chat Room Facilitators:
Lavette Burnette, Ph.D. & Alison Nooks, M.B.A., M.A.

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