Be respectful to all members of the Parr Center Undergraduate Fellowship regardless of race, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical appearance and ability, socio-economic background, life experience, age, religion, and beliefs.
Work to help create an environment of certain ease, one without the pressure of cliques or being ‘othered’.
Aim to support each other’s aims and goals and work in a collaborative manner. The Parr Center Undergraduate Fellowship must be a place that all can flourish regardless of their presence or absence of privilege and because of not despite their identity.
Communicate your willingness/unwillingness to support someone while trying to not become patronizing or disrespectful. Collaborate with peers, while trading valuable feedback and recognizing that everyone has qualities that enrich the Parr Center Undergraduate Fellowship.
Be generous and kind.
Be humane. This includes treating others with respect and recognizing that this environment is meant to be conducive to the growth and success of all persons.
If you see something, say something. If comfortable, address the issue directly. Alternatively, bring up the incident with a peer or mentor. Alternatively, use the anonymous incident submission form located on the Diversity and Inclusion Notion page.
DEI x Podcast
Chapel Phil is UNC's philosophy-focused podcast, produced by the Parr Center's very own Podcast pod. This year, DEI collaborated with the Podcast team to develop episodes for Chapel Phil's Diversity series.
Pod members Isha Padhye and Liam Bendezu collaborated with Chapel Phil's Cailee Harrington on background research on episode guests. In addition, they developed questions and scripts for several upcoming episodes.
In the podcast, Clay talked about the unique experience of being Black and part of the LGBTQIA+ community at UNC. Because of his identity, Clay finds that some spaces are closed to him, sometimes both physically and academically.
DEI x Blog
The Blog pod writes and edits the Parr Heel Blog, which posts recaps on Parr Center events and news, in addition to original pieces on various topics in ethics. DEI pod members Emily Bradbury and Shatorupa Ghosh collaborated with the blog to produce articles as part of its DEI series.
Working with the Blog Pod, we were given the opportunity to produce articles that discussed topics of diversity with focuses that we feel passionately about. There was openness on our subject matter that allowed us to use the fullness of our education and experiences to make our blog contributions as thoughtful and insightful as possible.
From writing about COVID-19, ADHD to diversity in the scientific academic fields, the collaboration with the Blog pod highlighted various subjects relevant to the conversation about ethics in today's world.
Exploring the ethical viewpoint of several STEM fields is becoming increasingly crucial with the advancement of technology and education, and this Blog series established this in a very clear and concise manner.
Blog member Emily Bradbury said: "In my participation in the Blog Pod collaboration, I had the chance to dive into a few specific topics of personal significance to me. I want to work as a special education teacher after graduation, so the inclusivity of students with disabilities has always been at the forefront of my mind since joining the DEI Pod. I was able to write and have edited two articles about ADHD in Women and about Inclusive Language, which was some of the most personal and meaningful contributions I felt I made this semester. I have so much appreciation for our pod and for what collaborating throughout the fellowship can bring out in people."
In this joint event with the Carolina Forum for Ethics, graduate students, Parr Fellows, and guests discussed consumer choices and how ethics influences decision-making in our everyday purchases.
The DEI pod wanted to stress that many of the exploitative practices that companies get away with are based on underlying beliefs regarding the status of different groups. For example, the consumer is more likely to be okay with an exploitative practice if it is against a group or devalues a group that they already view as being lesser or are prejudiced again.
When we talk about boycotting and ethical consumption what we should be considering isn’t only the economic effect of these practices, but what the continuation or allowance of these practices indicates about the base values of companies and consumers regarding workers.
Another consideration is in trying to remedy unethical consumerism or production, what are the ways in which we can support marginalized groups.
DEI pod members participated in this discussion and urged panelists and guests to explore these avenues of thought.
The Database is divided into 13 categories: Age, Culture, Disability, Education, Gender, Identity, Language, Landmark Court Cases, Nationality, Race, Religion, Socioeconomic Class, and Understanding Diversity. This database is available for anyone within the Parr Center Undergraduate Fellowship. It can be found on our fellowship Notion page.
On each page, a PDF and/or link to the article can be found as well as a section to read the abstract before diving into the whole article to get a sense of what the resource is discussing. In this database, we have compiled over 70 articles and landmark court cases from over 45 different researchers, (one of them being a UNC professor)!
By compiling sources, papers and various texts, this database provides a basis for the diversity that the Parr Center Undergraduate Fellowship wishes to explore and promote. Some of the resources listed are intersectional and a lot is still left to be researched. Examples of the work that can be found in this database are those of Professor David R. Williams. Professor Williams is a distinguished Black professor at the school of public health at Harvard University. He has done extensive research on race, socioeconomic class, disability, education, etc. and how none of these factors are affecting individuals and certain racial groups alone. His findings include the extent to which disparities in these sects are affecting certain groups of people and that change is necessary to close these gaps in society. Works from other researchers such as Satendra Singh, Ijeoma Oluo, Kwame Anthony Apiah, and Zitkala-Sa (to name a few) are available within the database. By highlighting these resources, we hope that Parr Fellows will do their part in adding to the conversation and lifting up voices that are otherwise unheard.
The database also includes a number of court cases that we deemed to be relevant. This includes court cases that have been related to establishing definitions of identity, race, suffrage. Some examples include: Bowers v Hardwick (1986), Wisconsin v Yoder (1972), Korematsu v United States (1944). Each court case is also accompanied by a short summary of the ruling of the case and why it is still important today.
For example, the Korematsu case's summary is: Did the President and Congress go beyond their war powers by implementing exclusion and restricting the rights of Americans of Japanese descent?In an opinion written by Justice Black, the Court ruled that the evacuation order violated by Korematsu was valid. The majority found that the Executive Order did not show racial prejudice but rather responded to the strategic imperative of keeping the U.S. and particularly the West Coast (the region nearest Japan) secure from invasion. The Court relied heavily on a 1943 decision, Hirabayashi v. U.S., which addressed similar issues. Black argued that the validation of the military's decision by Congress merited even more deference.
Cases like these that have had an impact on how we define race and identity in our society were emphasized.
Putting this resource database has been eyeopening to say the least. It has made us understand the privilege we have and makes us think about what we could be doing for the community to help with the disparities we find in society. We hope this project will uplift diverse perspectives and aid other fellows in learning more about these topics. We are so proud of all of the efforts and time that went into creating such a wonderful resource and hope that future members will be able to add to this database as they see fit!
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