Please join us for the 35th Annual Howard R. Bowen Lecture featuring Estela Mara Bensimon, PhD.
This annual lecture honors the legacy of Professor Howard R. Bowen who made many outstanding contributions to the Claremont Colleges and to higher education.
Date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021
Time: 5:00 pm
Lecture Title: “From Performance Equity to Authentic Racial Equity”
Lecture Summary: Just about everyone is talking about equity these days and just about every college released some kind of statement following the murders of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Ahmaud Arbery, pledging to fight racism and support to Black Lives Matter. Much of this rhetoric tends to be performative, meaning that it is not the equivalent of performing racial equity authentically. Drawing on her two decades of work on racial equity, Estela Bensimon will discuss the imperative for critical racial equity work and ways in which higher education institutions can transcend barriers and do “racial equity” authentically.
Estela Mara Bensimon is Dean’s Professor in Educational Equity at the USC Rossier School of Education and Director of the Center for Urban Education, which she founded in 1999. With a singular focus on increasing racial equity in higher education outcomes for students of color, she developed the Equity Scorecard, a process for using inquiry to drive changes in institutional practice and culture. Dr. Bensimon has published extensively about equity, organizational learning, practitioner inquiry and change: and her articles have appeared in journals such as the Review of Higher Education, Journal of Higher Education, Liberal Education, and Harvard Educational Review.