We're Not OK: A Community of Healing
By Antija Allen and Justin Stewart
We're Not OK: A Community of HealingOct 27, 2023
Ep 3: Dr. Steven Hoffler-Black Tax and Burnout
In this episode, hosts Dr. Antija Allen and Justin T. Stewart, sit down with Dr. Steven Hoffler for an in-depth discussion on Black Tax and its ties to burnout for Black faculty. Dr. Steven Hoffler is an Associate Professor and currently serves as the Assistant Chairperson in the Department of Social Work at Southern Connecticut State University, where he teaches in the undergraduate and graduate programs. At Southern, he served as the Co-Chairperson of the university’s inaugural Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Council and as an advisor to BROSE, aka, the Brotherhood of Scholarship and Excellence, in which he was awarded Advisor of the Year in 2019 for his service and outreach to young men of color pursuing higher education.
For the past few years, Dr. Hoffler has elevated his advocacy and consultation to addressing mental health issues and systemic racism in the criminal justice, child welfare, educational and healthcare systems and instituting restorative justice practices in these various
Ep 2: Dr. Hideko Sera-Affirmative Action in Higher Education
In this episode, hosts Dr. Antija Allen and Justin T. Stewart, sit down with Dr. Hideko Sera who provided insight on how the supreme court's ruling on affirmative action has impacted higher education. Hideko Sera, PsyD, is director of Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (EIB) at Morehouse College.
Ep 1: Alison Rodriguez-The State of DEI in Higher Education
In their debut episode, hosts Dr. Antija Allen and Justin T. Stewart, sit down with Alison Rodriguez who provided insight on the current landscape of DEI, and the impacts if programming or initiatives are rolled back or eliminated in colleges and universities.
Alison Rodriguez is an actor, filmmaker and teacher focused on diversity and racial equity. She has worked at Bailiwick Repertory Theater, National Pastime Theater, and HealthWorks Theater. Her films have appeared in many festivals, including the Pan African Film Festival, San Francisco Black Film Festival, Black Harvest International Film Festival, and the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival. Having taught acting and directing classes at Columbia College for over twenty years, Alison is adept at guiding others to speak their truth, celebrate their differences, and create stories that reflect their vision.
Alison received her MS in Communication from Northwestern University and is a member of the Association of Northwestern University Women (ANUW), Northwestern’s Black Professionals Network (BPN) and the Northwestern University Black Alumni Association (NUBAA).