QRCA DE&I Task Force: A Primer on Race and Blackness in America
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When: Monday, June 29, 2020
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm (EDT)
Where: Virtual Event
United States
Contact: Shannon Danzy

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QRCA DE&I Task Force: A Primer on Race and Blackness in America

QRCA DE&I Task Force Monthly Series

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Break out your number two pencils, folks, it’s time to go back to class! 

You need to know the past to begin to understand what is happening now with the Black Lives Matter protests. You also need to be familiar with the past to connect with and advocate for African Americans whether in your research or out on the streets.

While the history of Blacks in America can’t be covered in 90 minutes, let alone 9,000,000, Dr. Carmen V. Harris, a Professor of History at the University of South Carolina, will provide us with a historical overview of the construction of race in the United States and how it has shaped our understanding of both blackness and non-blackness and their continuous deployments across the chronology of US History. Dr. Harris will then further discuss how the archetypes of these identities have shaped white supremacy, white privilege, and the marginalized experience of African Americans. Her professional expertise also allows Dr. Harris to consider issues and questions of transnational race issues in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Europe.

‘A Primer on Race and Blackness in America’ is for learners of all stages. This “primer” will be both educational to those who aren’t as familiar with African American history as well as a refresher for history buffs.

This session is open to both QRCA members and non-members.

Dr. Harris has shared the following resources for those who’d like to learn more about African Americans and racism:

  • University of South Carolina Library Guide: African American Studies: Black Lives Matter. Here you will find a list of resources such as videos related to the movement, books and associations.
  • The 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge: Created by two of her colleagues, this site and its companion were created to help people create more effective social justice habits, particularly those dealing with issues of power, privilege, supremacy and leadership, by leaning on classic new habit building principles.

This is part of an ongoing dialogue with QRCA members, the larger market research industry and impacted communities on issues of racism, diversity and equity.

As a pre-assignment to our presentation, please take 20 minutes to view the following Jim Crow virtual museum tour. https://youtu.be/yf7jAF2Tk40

About the Presenter

Carmen B. HarrisCarmen B. Harris, Ph.D.
Professor of History at The University of South Carolina

Carmen V. Harris, Ph.D. is a Professor of History at the University of South Carolina Upstate in Spartanburg, South Carolina. She teaches courses in African American, United States, Southern, South Carolina, and Latin American History. Dr. Harris’s major research and publication specialty examines black agricultural extension workers in South Carolina from the era of segregation through the civil rights era. She won the Vernon Carstenen Award from the Agricultural History Society for her article “The Extension Service is not an integration agency’: The Idea of Race in the Cooperative Extension Service” which has been cited by numerous authors. Dr. Harris has been a humanities scholar and speaker on many issues related to the Black experience—from Denmark Vesey to, most recently, on the Tulsa riot.

About the QRCA Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Task Force

The QRCA Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) Task Force was announced in January 2020 at the QRCA Annual Conference. The objectives of this Task Force are two-fold: one; to conduct a thorough review and identify any barriers to inclusion and diversity within QRCA, the association’s and members’ operational areas, as well as the broader research industry, two; to develop a roadmap detailing QRCA’s commitment to DE&I and a strategic plan to meet those goals. Visit qrca.org/Diversity or email diversity@qrca.org for more information.

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