MOMENTUM

The MOMENTUM series is a talk continuum and the Dean’s platform to engage the division in profound practice of mindfulness and actionable conversation – to bridge the equity gap, protect inclusivity, amplify social justice reform and intentionally address structural racism in our classrooms, college and the community.

MOMENTUM: A LECTURE SERIESThe purpose is to strengthen each other’s optimism, emotional control, empathy, perspective talk, prosocial goals and mindful attention.

It is a space to discuss and mobilize how we can better help our college’s work on policing equity and ending racism once and for all.


Fall 2021 Events


The State and Impact of Criminal Justice Reform

Wednesday, Sept. 22: Noon–1:30 p.m.

Khalil CumberbatchGuest: Khalil Cumberbatch, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Council on Criminal Justice

Moderators: Derrick Felton, Instructor, Psychology, and Elvin T. Ramos, Dean, Social Sciences and Humanities

This event is open to all faculty, students, staff and community members.

  • Zoom ID: 932 6536 4759
  • Password: 613332 

Khalil Cumberbatch, director of strategic partnerships for the Council on Criminal Justice, is a nationally recognized, formerly incarcerated, advocate for criminal justice and deportation policy reform. In this session, he will explore the status criminal justice reform – how far we’ve come and how far we still need to go. He will speak on perceptions, impact, limitations, trends, data, policy and awareness. In addition, he will share how the COVID-19 pandemic has triggered criminal justice reform efforts at the local, state and federal levels. 


Confidence in the BIPOC Communities

NEW DAY AND TIME Wednesday, Sept. 29: 9–10:30 a.m.

Dana BlairGuest: Dana Blair, TV Host and Producer

Moderators: Maristella TapiaInstructor, Sociology, and Elvin T. Ramos, Dean, Social Sciences and Humanities

This event is open to all faculty, students, staff and community members.

  • Zoom ID: 989 5568 6853
  • Password: 093179

The voice of BIPOC individuals are often solo in corporate and political landscapes. During this session, Dana Blair will speak about the importance of finding your voice, especially in the BIPOC communities – including the confidence that is needed during easy and difficult conversation. She will speak about her personal experience and will explore how social media, the general market and multicultural brands plays a role into this issue.


From Poverty to Destiny With Love

– Bringing Hope to the Global Village

Tuesday, Oct. 12: 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Anne MungaiGuest: Anne Mungai, Co-Founder, The Caroline Wambui Mungai Foundation

Moderators: Jayanti Roy, Instructor, Child Development and Education, and Elvin T. Ramos, Dean, Social Sciences and Humanities

This event is open to all faculty, students, staff and community members.

  • Zoom ID: 960 5969 7139
  • Password: 040753

The Caroline Wambui Mungai Foundation is a not-for-profit tax-exempt organization registered in New York and in Kenya, and has established a home and school for orphans and vulnerable children in Wangige, Kenya. The first CWMF orphanage home opened doors on Jan. 10, 2005 on a 3½-acre property with a four-bedroom house donated by the Mungai family. In this session, Anne Mungai will speak about the work of the foundation, its service learning opportunities, and its impact on the lives of children they were able to take in.


Previous Events in the Series

  • FALL 2021

  • SUMMER 2021

  • SPRING 2021

  • WINTER 2021

  • FALL 2020

  • SUMMER 2020

  • SPRING 2020

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