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Yavilah McCoy, noted educator, anti-racist activist, and Jewish leader visits IC

Contributed by Hierald Osorto on 02/17/20 

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The office of Religious and Spiritual Life, the Center for IDEAS and Hillel at IC is hosting educator, anti-racism activist, and DEI consultant Yavilah McCoy for two events as a part of Better Together Days, a program of Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), which brings campuses together for a week of interfaith action.

Faculty and Staff Brown Bag Discussion
Tuesday - February 18th  
12:10 PM – 1:00 PM 
Klingenstein Lounge 

Join Yavilah McCoy for a dialogue with faculty regarding our growing need to advance justice across interracial, intercultural and interfaith differences on college campuses.  Explore tools for navigating multiple and emerging political and cultural differences and explore strategies for working together and apart toward common goals of greater equity and justice for all of our students.

Keynote Presentation
Tuesday - February 18th 
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Klingenstein Lounge

Microaggressions are verbal, behavioral, or environmental indignities - whether intentional or unintentional - that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative slights and insults towards individuals based in their identities. 

Implicit bias work addresses the paradox of how one can hold progressive beliefs and principles and still think, speak and act in ways that perpetuate racial bias. As we endeavor to build inclusive, multi-faith, multi-racial, non-heteronormative spaces for all students on campus, what are the behavioral variables that we must learn to recognize and change in order to make the implicit explicit and engage in alternative behaviors? Yavilah will discuss concrete tools and strategies for engaging in transformational behavior toward more equitable campus environments.

Yavilah McCoy, is the CEO of DIMENSIONS Inc. and has spent the past 20 years working extensively to engage issues of diversity, equity and inclusion as a Jewish woman of color.  She’s also serves on the national committee for the Women’s March. Yavilah’s visit is part of our broader campus interfaith programming, “Better Together Days,” February 17-21, 2020.   

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Office of Religious and Spiritual Life at We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.

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