Social Justice

Social Justice is defined in terms of the distribution of wealth, opportunities, and privileges within society (Oxford Dictionary). 

Bristol’s Multicultural Affairs department is committed to the cause of ‘Social Justice’ by providing actionable items and education opportunities about various social justice issues. Please continue viewing this page to learn about the different Social Justice initiatives currently taking place.

Social Justice Statements from our College Community

A Message from President Laura L. Douglas
A Message from Rob Delaleu, Director, Multicultural Affairs.


Multicultural Affairs Social Justice Forums

Social Justice messages

Several Social Justice Forums were held during the summer and fall of 2020. The forums presented various themes that included the intersectionality of Race within women's, immigrant's, LGBTQ+, mental health, and disability rights. The forums also focused on racial injustice, education inequity, and criminal justice and policing.

The forums were inspired shortly after the tragic death of George Floyd, which sparked massive protests across the country. The forums' outlook is to bring awareness to social inequities, create positive change and develop solutions to the barriers that exist in our country for marginalized groups.

The end goal is to build a viable community of partnerships in the spirit of social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion work (DEI).

Spring 2021 Social Justice Forums  

The first round of Social Justice Forums has concluded with success, we will be continuing the conversation during the Spring 2021 semester with new interactive workshops that build on the general knowledge learned during the summer and fall forums. The focus of the Spring workshops will be on the Black, African American, and Latino male experience. Please look to future newsletters for more information about workshop dates, times, and registration links.

As always, any additional questions can be sent to Robert Delaleu, Interim SSEM Leader and Multicultural Affairs Director, Robert.Delaleu@bristolcc.edu or Melissa Rogers, Student Activities Officer, Multicultural Affairs, Melissa.Rogers@bristolcc.edu

Upcoming Events

Social Justice Workshop: The Black Male Experience Part 2
Thursday, May 6, 2021 | 5 p.m. REGISTER HERE

Be part of the Solution & Join the ConversationThe Black Male Experience workshop May 6 2021

This April, we continued our Social Justice programming by presenting The Black Male Experience. The program focused on the real-lived experiences of Black men from across our local community who spoke about their educational journeys. Join us for Part 2 of our Black Male Experience with a workshop on relationship building and student engagement. This workshop will take place Thursday, May 6th, 2021 at 5 p.m. Please note, you did not need to attend part 1 to join us for the part 2 workshop.

Students, Faculty, Staff, Alumni, and General Public are all welcomed and encouraged to attend. The event is free but registration is required.

For additional questions, please reach out to Robert.Delaleu@bristolcc.edu or Melissa.Rogers@bristolcc.edu


Social Justice Newsletter

Beyond the forums, the Multicultural Affairs staff is committed to creating a community through our Social Justice Newsletters. The intent of these newsletters is to bring readers actionable items, resources, and networks associated with forum topics and social justice.

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Forum Recaps and Resources


Social Justice Forum Videos  

Please click on our Social Justice video playlist below to watch previous social justice forums.  

Social Justice Forums Playlist

 

The Black Male Experience

Black Male Experience-April 1 2021On Thursday, April 1st, 2021 we continued our Social Justice programming by presenting The Black Male Experience. The program focused on the real-lived experiences of Black men from across our local community who spoke about their educational journeys. Taking a roundtable approach, the panelists were able to lead the conversation on a variety of topics ranging from education to daily lived experiences. Led by moderator Rob Delaleu, audience members were given additional content through data that looked at educational inequities that exist for black students K-12 and beyond.

We would like to offer special thanks to our moderator and panelists:

  • Bobby Bailey
  • Dr. Dariel “DT” Henry
  • Frank Stephenson
  • Marcus Christopher
  • Serge Moniz
  • Taijahn "TJ" Henry

Forum Resources:

 

Race and Immigrant Rights

Race and Immigrant Rights-November 19 2020On November 19, 2020, we held our 7th forum in our series, Race, and Immigrant Rights. This event's purpose was to discuss the intersectionality of Race and Immigrant Rights. We were excited to have 87 students, faculty, staff, alumni, community, and national audience members in attendance. The event's moderators, Livia Neubert, Special Programs Coordinator-ESL, and Dr. Carlos Almeida, Director of the LusoCentro and Associate Professor of Portuguese, gave context to the discussion by leading audience members through the history of Immigrant Rights throughout U.S. history. Liva and Carlos then led a panel discussion highlighted by professionals who identify or work within the area of Immigrant Rights. The panel provided polite conversation that included personal stories, data, and reflection on their own intersection of these identities.  

We would like to offer special thanks to our moderator and panelists:  

  • Dr. Carlos Almeida 
  • Livia Neubert 
  • Sony Fernandes  
  • Helena DaSilva Hughes  
  • Rebecca Eissenova   
  • Dr. Ron Weisberger 

Forum Resources:

 

Race, Disability, and Mental Health Rights

Race Disability and Mental Health rights-October 22 2020On October 22, 2020, we held our 6th forum in our series, Race, Disability, and Mental Health Rights. This event's purpose was to discuss the intersectionality of Race, Disability, and Mental Health. We were excited to have 87 students, faculty, staff, alumni, community, and national audience members in attendance. Panelist, Julie Jodoin-Krauzyk, Director of Disability Services at Bristol Community College, gave a powerful presentation that led audience members through the history of Disability and Mental Health from ancient times to the present day. Moderator, Robert Delaleu, Director of Multicultural Affairs and Interim SSEM Leader at Bristol Community College, led a panel discussion highlighted by students, alumni, and professionals who identify or work within the areas of Disability and Mental Health. The panel provided friendly conversation that included personal stories, data, and reflection on their own intersection of these identities.  

We would like to offer special thanks to our panelists:  

  • Sarah Mederios  
  • Kenton Kirby  
  • Julie Jodoin-Krauzyk  
  • Lamont Williamson 
  • Monique Onuoha

Forum Resources

 

Race and LGBTQ+ Rights

Race and LGBTQ+ Rights-September 24 2020On September 24, 2020, we held our 5th forum in our series, Race and LGBTQ+ Rights. This event's purpose was to discuss the intersectionality of Race within the LGBTQ+ community. We were excited to have 83 out of 113 registered students, faculty, staff, alumni, community, and national audience members in attendance. Special guest moderator, Chad Argotsinger, Chief of Staff at Bristol Community College, led a panel discussion highlighted by students and professionals who identify within the LGBTQ+ community. The panel provided great conversation that included personal stories, data, and reflection on their own intersection of race and identity.

We would like to offer special thanks to our moderator and panelists:  

  • Chad Argotsinger 
  • Karina Valencia  
  • Gia Snachez 
  • Marty Martinez 
  • Taylor Corbott 

Forum Resources

 

Race and Women’s Rights

Race and Womens Rights-August 27 2020On Thursday, August 27, 2020, the Multicultural Affairs Department held its fourth Social Justice Forum: Race and Women’s Rights. The forum was moderated by Bristol Community College Women’s Center Director, Iva Brito. Over 140 people registered for the event. The Forum explored the intersectionality of Race and Women’s Rights. Panelists engaged in questions presented by moderator Iva Brito and audience participants. At the end of the forum, participants learned about different programming and events that they could attend to continue the conversation and create change.

We would like to offer special thanks to our panelists:

  • Dr. Cheryl Butts 
  • Yolanda Dennis 
  • Dr. Justina Perry 
  • Maria Angela Rosario 
  • Robyn Worthington 
  • Fredie Kay

Forum Resources  

 

Race and Educational Inequity

Race and Educational Inequality-July 30 2020On Thursday, July 30, 2020, the department of Multicultural Affairs held its 3rd Social Justice Forum: Race and Educational Inequity. The forum focused on racial inequity in K-16 educational settings in the United States. Participants listened to guest panelists from various K-16 institutes from Bristol County and beyond. This forum included a special guest speaker, Professor Kevin Gannon, previously featured in the Academy Award-nominated documentary, 13th. Panelists engaged in questions presented by moderator Rob Delaleu, Director of Multicultural Affairs, and audience participants. Lastly, panelists presented actionable items that can be used to promote equity in our classrooms and professional areas. 

We would like to offer special thanks to our panelists:

  • Kevin Gannon 
  • Engin Atasay, Ph.D 
  • Dr. Shanna Howell 
  • Heather Pimental 
  • Serge Moniz 
  • Dr. Sarah Medeiros 
  • Melissa Duarte 
  • Amie DosSantos
     

Forum Resources: 

 

Policing, Criminal Justice and Race

Policing_Criminal Justice and Race-July 2 2020On Thursday, July 2, 2020, Multicultural Affairs held its second Social Justice Forum: Policing, Criminal Justice, and Race. Panelists discussed actionable items that they, themselves, and their departments have done, are currently doing and will be doing to create equitable change and solutions to the criminal justice system. Panelists were then available to answer any questions or comments asked by forum participants. The event had over 98 people in attendance and 153 RSVPs. We would like to thank panelists Mark Nataly, Chief of Police & Preparedness Bristol Community College, Baxter Smith, Deputy Chief of Police & Preparedness Bristol Community College, Jeffrey Cardoza, Chief of Police Fall River Police Department, Demetrice Philips, Sergent, Fitchburg Police Department and Adjunct Faculty Member, Bristol Community College, Justin Caverio, Director of Bristol Community College's Joseph A. Marshall Veteran's Center, and Kenton Kirby, Director of Practice, Center for Court Innovation, New York, for participating in the event.

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A Difficult and Necessary Conversation about the George Floyd Tragedy

George Floyd Memorial WallBristol's first virtual Social Justice Forum was titled, A Difficult and Necessary Conversation about the George Floyd Tragedy. Over 160 people were in attendance. The forum’s purpose was to not only look at the killing of George Floyd, an African American man who died due to excessive force in police custody, but to look at the history of injustice, hate, and discrimination against Black and African Americans throughout U.S. history. Participants were then able to share firsthand experiences, comments, and questions with the group. The event was both powerful and timely. Thank you to everyone who supported the event and for all the heartfelt stories and experiences that were shared.
 

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