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Past Events

2021 Events

The following are past Chaps Unite Against Racism events from 2021.


Equity in Education headlines April with a panel discussion featuring COD Assistant Vice Provost for Student Affairs Diana Del Rosario, COD Professor Jason Snart, Interim Dean of Arts, Communication & Hospitality Anthony Ramos and COD Student Success Counselor Sunshine Ballentine. 


Equity in Economics kicks-off March with a panel discussion featuring Greg Bedalov of Choose DuPage, Joe Cassidy of Innovation DuPage and Michael Childress of the NAACP.

Jan. 18, 2021
Virtual Ceremony broadcasted via Facebook 

College of DuPage invites you to join our Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Awards Ceremony. This year's virtual event recognizes the legacy and contributions made by Dr. King. During the ceremony we will award MLK scholarship's to four College of DuPage students who have demonstrated how the ideals taught and demonstrated by Dr. King have directly made an impact on their lives.

Opening Celebration 
Featuring Students and a Spoken Word Artist 
Monday, Feb. 1, 2pm to 3pm
Watch the Opening Celebration on Facebook

WDCB Radio Presents
"New Letters on the Air"
WDCB (90.9FM and will devote the "WDCB Weekly" program (Sundays 7:30 to 8 a.m.) in the month of February to special archival installments of an interview series called "New Letters On the Air." Featuring interviews with notable Black American writers:

  • February 7, 2021: August Wilson
  • February 14, 2021: Gwendolyn Brooks
  • February 21, 2021: Isabel Wilkerson

Global Flicks
Daughters of the Dust
Live Discussion
Requires a preview of the film
Thursday, Feb. 10, 1:30 and 7:30 p.m.
"Daughters of the Dust" is a 1991 independent film written, directed and produced by Julie Dash and is the first feature film directed by an African-American woman distributed theatrically in the United States. Set in 1902, it tells the story of three generations of Gullah (also known as Geechee) women living on Saint Helena Island as they prepare to migrate off the island, out of the Southern United States, and into the North. 

Ways To Watch:

  • Available to rent – YouTube ($2.99), Amazon Prime ($1.99), iTunes: ($3.99)
  • Available on Kanopy: COD students & faculty can watch for free with COD Library card
  • Local Library: Glen Ellyn and Wheaton

Virtual Live Discussions, via Zoom:

  • 1:30 p.m. Zoom
  • 7:30 p.m. Zoom

Connect Engage and Uplift
Have some fun and be encouraged

  • Thursday Feb. 11, 3 p.m. 
  • Thursday Feb. 25, 3 p.m.

Relaxed, Fun, Hang out Sessions for Information, Relationships, Real Talk and Encouragement!

Join in with stories, poems, spoken word, songs, and rap, whatever you choose to inspire us to keep going and stay the course!

Music Fridays
Friday, Feb. 12, Noon

Chamber Singers Celebrate Black History Month. Chamber Singers under the direction of Lee R. Kesselman is a choral ensemble that specializes in vocal chamber music of all periods. This performance features selections that celebrate Black History Month.

Guest Speaker 
College of DuPage Alum 
Veronica Williams-Hall 
Wednesday, Feb. 17, 3 p.m.
Via Zoom
Veronica Williams-Hall is a recent alum of College of DuPage. A former Black Student Alliance President and member of the COD Forensics Team. As a young adult, Veronica will speak on the impact of the Black Family in America and share an interactive experience on black culture, social awareness and the plight of success for a young generation of leaders.

Student Life
Ask Big Questions: Who is in your family?
Thursday, Feb. 18, 3 p.m.
Join us for a guided conversation to explore "Who is in your family?" For some people, family is everything: the deepest and firmest bond there is. For others family is something to escape, a source of pain and frustration. For some, "family" prompts the mainstream picture of mom-dad-kids. For others, their family structure seems always to be described with modifiers: blended, extended, chosen, single-parent, foster, multi-racial. Regardless of what it looks like, and even whether it is close or strained, the concept and importance of The Family looms large in our individual and communal lives - our conversation guide asks "who belongs to us and to whom do we belong."

The Messenger Public Library
Guest Speaker 
Dr. Robert Moorhead
Monday, Feb. 22, 7 to 8 p.m.

Dr. Robert Moorehead, associate professor of sociology at College of DuPage, will present "Systemic Racism in America: Understanding Our Racial Past and Present."

The Annual African-American Read-In
Thursday, Feb. 25, 4 p.m.

The National African American Read-In is the nation's first and oldest event dedicated to diversity in literature. A national literacy initiative of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), the event is sponsored by the College of DuPage Library. The COD event will feature student, faculty and staff volunteer readers presenting their favorite selections from African American books, essays, music and poetry collections, as well as brief biological sketches of the authors.

The Black Family: Representation, Identify and Diversity

Photo Exhibit
The Black Family: Representation, Identity, And
A New Entry Every Week Day
Visit the Center for Diversity and Inclusion

WDCB Radio Presents
"New Letters on the Air"
WDCB (90.9FM and will devote the "WDCB Weekly" program (Sundays 7:30 to 8 a.m.) in the month of February to special archival installments of an interview series called "New Letters On the Air." Featuring interviews with notable Black American writers:

  • February 28, 2021: Ernest Gaines

In addition, WDCB will also spotlight the work of great Black jazz artists past & present throughout their Jazz programming during the month of February.

In partnership with the Glenbard Parent Series, please join us for these upcoming virtual events:

Dr. Tyrone Howard
Uplifting All Children to Cultivate Critical Wellness: Race and Culture Matter
Thursday, Feb. 25, 7 p.m.

Dr. Chandra Gill
Blackademically Speaking
Tuesday, March 23, 7 p.m.

Qasim Rashid and Jonathan Mendoza
Distinguished Round Table on Social Justice
Thursday, April 8, 7 p.m.

2020 Events

The following are past Chaps Unite Against Racism events from 2020.

Cooked: Survival by Zipcode, directed by Judith Helfand

View the film on your own and then join the conversation by attending four panels presentations, led by COD faculty and community experts and activists.

Design & Environmental Health
Oct. 7, 2020
Speakers: Mark Pearson from COD and Trinity Pierce and Lindsay Darling from the Chicago Region Trees Initiative discuss urban design and environmental health

Racial Justice
Oct. 14, 2020
Speakers: COD faculty member Tauya Forst, Kate Del Debbio, and Richard Forst discuss racial justice and Cooked.

Oct. 21, 2020
Speakers: COD faculty members Missy Mouritsen and Maureen Heffern Ponicki, discuss the role of politics in the events of Cooked.

Health and Film Wrap Up
Oct. 29, 2020
Speakers: COD faculty member Lori Klose and Film Producer Fennell Doremus discuss health, sociology, and details related to themes of the film.

How to Have Uncomfortable Conversations Towards Positive Change

Article review: Talking About Race by Dennis Pierce, see pages 10-15

Guest Speaker
Keith Barnes
Executive Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Pikes Peak Community College
Nov. 4, 2020

COD Student Panel and Discussion
Oct. 21, 2020

Workshop: Identity and Self Awareness through Poetry

Special Guest: Gabriela Garcia Medina – Poet & Spoken Word Artist
Oct. 27, 2020

The purpose of this workshop is for participants to use poetry as a medium for self-awareness. We will explore creative writing activities to delve deep into personal questions about identity. Although participants will be encouraged to share their writing with one another, it is not a requirement, they only requirement is honesty, openness, and a willingness to participate.

Workshop: Conversations with the Past

Special Guest: Joan 'Lyric' Leslie – Author & Slam Poet
Nov. 12, 2020

This workshop will challenge attendees to write about how their pasts have shaped their current realities. They will tap into their most descriptive memories to write a poem/short story in which something or someone from both their past and present, have a chance to occupy the same space. This workshop will 50% interactive lecture and 50% writing and sharing work.

Oct. 7, 2020


  • Facilitator: Lauren Morgan, speech department chair and faculty member
  • Dr. Brian Caputo, COD President 
  • Lisa Stock, Associate Vice President of Assessment and Student Success 
  • Jill Salas, Equity team chair and English faculty member 
  • Cynthia Sims, Associate Vice President of Academic Partnerships and Learning Resources 
  • Anthony Ramos, Interim Dean of Arts, Communication & Hospitality

Oct. 2, 2020
Accelerating Latino Student Success (ALASS) Institute

Join leaders from across the country for three unique events over two days, focusing on Latino student success in higher education.

Community Reads: Long Way Down & Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You

Author Jason Reynolds will discuss his criticality acclaimed non-fiction exploration of racism and antiracism, Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You. This remix of Kendi's book Stamped From the Beginning similarly traces the origins of anti-black and racist ideas as well as proposes tools for identifying and combating them- all approachable for a younger audience. Reynolds writes, "This is a book about the here and now". The book is number one on the NY Times Bestseller List from the most in-demand young adult author in the U.S.

This event is a collaboration between College of DuPage and the Glenbard Parent Series.

Students Coming Together to Create Change

Join us for an impactful virtual event about achieving social, political and institutional change. Whether it is a small rule or policy at your school you would like to change or a larger socio-political issue you want to impact, knowing the basics of civil discourse and power will prepare you to navigate the challenges of this endeavor.

Spoken-word artist and activist Denise Frohman provides an artistic interpretation of activism. Elgin Council members, Tish Powell and Baldemar Lopez, join her in speaking about their journey and role in making a change in the community.

This event was made possible through a collaborative effort between College of DuPage, College of Lake County, Elgin Community College and McHenry County College.

In celebration of Latino Heritage Month, Executive Director Diana Martinez moderated a discussion with panelists discussing how and why the Mexican Revolution began and the significant impact it had on art, culture, and national identity. Topics included the muralist movement, Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo. Watch the discussion.

Professor of Sociology Matt Green presented a brief overview of social inequalities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Focusing on inequalities of sex/gender, race/ethnicity, and social class, Professor Green discussed the health and economic consequences of the coronavirus and how they have been experienced by different groups in American society.

A conversation about campus civility

We all have a point of view. We come to that view from our experiences, backgrounds and unique perspectives. In this initial forum, a roundtable discussion with invited guests reviewed  the lines between free speech and potentially disruptive behavior on our campus and in our communities.


Facilitator: Dr. Nathania Montes, Interim Dean of Students

Lilianna Kalin, General Counsel

David Goldberg, Political Science Professor 

Chuck Steele, Student Life Manager

Dorcas Brou, Student Leadership Council Student Representative

Samiha Syed, Student Trustee

Chaps Unite Against Racism is College of DuPage's institution-wide initiative to forge ahead in our ongoing equity and inclusion work. 

Chaps Unite Against Racism is College of DuPage's institution-wide initiative to forge ahead in our ongoing equity and inclusion work. 

Equity and student success is an important topic in higher education.

In this Chaps Unite Against Racism virtual forum, invited guests to have a roundtable discussion about COD's Equity Plan. Panelists include President Dr. Brian Caputo, Associate Vice President of Assessment and Student Success Lisa Stock, Equity Team Chair and English Faculty Jill Salas, Associate Vice President of Academic Partnerships and Learning Resources Cynthia Sims, and Interim Dean of Arts, Communication & Hospitality Anthony Ramos. Speech Department Chair and Professor Lauren Morgan is the facilitator.





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