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Recorded Dialogues That Matter Sessions

"Reimagining Campus Policies & Practices for Equity, Inclusion & Belonging" 

Recorded Dialogues That Matter Sessions

Description: Dr. Aletha Marie Harven will address America’s racial reckoning by helping campus community members to interrogate campus policies and practices that foster an oppressive college environment. Using a workshop format, Dr. Harven will lead attendees in developing strategies for modifying and developing practices that promote a sense of belonging among faculty, staff and students, which is crucial for recruitment, retention and learning.

About Dr. Aletha Marie Harven

Dr. Aletha Marie Harven is an Associate Professor in the Department of  Psychology and Child Development at California State University, Stanislaus. Dr. Harven is a Global Educator and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Strategist, who promotes the success of all students and faculty. Dr. Harven holds a Ph.D. in Education from UCLA, a Master of Arts degree in Education and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Child Development from California State University, Sacramento (CSUS), and an Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Studies from American River College (ARC) in Sacramento, California. 

Dr. Harven is a Co-PI for the Collaboration for Inclusive and Engaging Curriculum, Instruction, and Achievement (CIENCIA), which is a multi-year professional development program focused on inclusion and cultural sensitivity for STEM faculty and is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF; 1.46M grant). Dr. Harven has twice been awarded "Outstanding Professor" at Stanislaus State University (2020 & 2021) in the areas of Research, Scholarship & Creative Activity for her NSF grant program and Community Service for her professional development program, "Confronting Anti-Black Racism on College Campuses," which attracted a large national audience, with international attendees. Dr. Harven’s areas of expertise include K-16 education; global education; diversity, equity, inclusion & belonging; social justice teaching and anti-racist leadership; risk, resilience and psychosocial adjustment among students; and student motivation and achievement.

Dr. Harven has received many prestigious grants such as those from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Spencer Foundation in collaboration with UCLA. She has also received many academic accolades for her outstanding and innovative work and has published in journals such as the Journal of Educational Research and the Journal of Science Education and Technology. Dr. Harven has co-authored a book on careers in child and adolescent development, edited and contributed chapters to critical books on social justice instruction and education policy, and written policy reports in the area of education for the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST). Dr. Harven’s international humanitarian work, as a teaching coach in impoverished communities, further demonstrates her dedication to increasing the success of our most vulnerable students.


Antisemitism in Our Midst: Past and Present

Recorded Dialogues That Matter Sessions

Dr. Ethan Katz, Associate Professor of History and Jewish Studies at UC Berkeley  

Ethan Katz was educated at Amherst College (B.A., History & French, 2002) and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (M.A., History, 2005; PhD, History, 2009). Since the fall of 2018, he has been Associate Professor of History and Jewish Studies at the University of California-Berkeley, where he is also the Vice Chair of the Chancellor’s Committee on Jewish Life and Campus Climate. Since the spring of 2019, he has been the co-founder and co-director of the Antisemitism Education Initiative at Berkeley (along with Rabbi Naftalin-Kelman). As a scholar, Dr. Katz’s work has focused on the Jewish experience in modern Europe and the Middle East, especially in France and the Francophone world. Much of his scholarship examines Jewish belonging and exclusion, Jewish-Muslim relations, the Holocaust, Islamophobia, and colonialism and its legacies. His book The Burdens of Brotherhood: Jews and Muslims from North Africa to France (Harvard, 2015) received five prizes, including a National Jewish Book Award and two awards for the best book of the year in French history. In addition, Katz has published co-edited volumes on timely subjects such as Antisemitism and Islamophobia in France, Colonialism and Jewish History, and Secularism and Jewish life. Katz’s work has been supported by a number of prestigious fellowships, including a year-long fellowship at the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at UPenn, and a Lady Davis visiting professorship at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.   For a broader public, he has authored or co-authored pieces in venues like the Atlantic, CNN, Marginalia Review of Books, and Jewish Review of Books. For over a decade, Dr. Katz has spoken regularly in universities and Jewish community spaces across the U.S., Europe, and Israel.    

Rabbi Adam Naftalin-Kelman, Executive Director at UC Berkeley Hillel

Rabbi Adam Naftalin-Kelman has been the Executive Director of Berkeley Hillel since 2009. Before coming to Berkeley Hillel he served as the Director of Hillel at the University of Colorado at Boulder, upon completing his Rabbinic Studies at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies. He attended the University of Rhode Island where he studied Accounting and Management Information Systems and upon completion of college he began work for Arthur Andersen as a business consultant. He currently sits on several committees with Hillel International advising on issues of campus climate as it relates to Jewish life and Jewish student on campus. Adam lives in Berkeley with his partner and three sons.