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K-12 and Community College Virtual Program

April 15, 2021

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm EST via Zoom

0.5 Continuing Education Units / 5 Professional Development Contact Hours


UNC World View and the Choices Program at Brown University partner to offer a unique professional development program exploring issues of racial slavery and a valuable curriculum unit, Racial Slavery in the Americas: Resistance, Freedom, and Legacies. The unit explores how and why the system of racial slavery developed in the Americas and how it continues to shape society and affect the lives of people today. At the heart of the unit are the experiences of enslaved people as they navigated and resisted a violent and oppressive system designed to dehumanize them. Participants will learn how to use the unit, engaging in lessons and activities. Participants attending this two-hour program will receive a free time-limited Digital Editions license for the Choices unit, Racial Slavery in the Americas: Resistance, Freedom, and Legacies. The program is intended for upper middle grades, high school and community college educators. Space is limited.

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Schedule | Speakers | Program Materials


Thursday, April 15th
4:00 p.m. Welcome 

Charlé LaMonica, Director, World View, UNC-Chapel Hill
4:05 p.m.
Plenary Talk – “Diaspora in the Americas: Memory, Myth and Meaning”
Joseph Jordan, Interim Vice Provost for Academic and Community Engagement and Director, Sonja H. Stone Center for Black Culture and History, UNC-Chapel Hill
4:30 p.m. Introducing Racial Slavery in the Americas: Resistance, Freedom, and Legacies Choices Unit and Strategies for Using in the Classroom

Mimi Stephens, Director of Professional Development, Choices, Brown University
6:00 p.m. Closing


Joseph Jordan is Interim Vice Provost for Academic and Community Engagement, Director of the Stone Center for Black Culture and History and Adjunct Associate Professor, African/African American and Diaspora Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill. His work focuses on diaspora social justice movements and the cultural politics of race, identity and artistic production in the diaspora.  He has published extensively, including Cabral, Solidarity and the African Diaspora in the Americas (book chapter) in Cabral no Cruzamento de Épocas: Comunicações e Discursos  Produzidos no II Simpósio Internacional Amílcar Cabral, Fundação Amílcar Cabral (2013) and curated several works as well, including Aswarm With the Spirits of All Ages Here: Inconceivable Spaces of Slavery and Freedom; Amiri Baraka: Meetings and Remarkable Journeys, and more.

Before coming to UNC Dr. Jordan served as Director of The Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History; as Visiting Professor at the Instituto Superior de Educação, Cape Verde and at the Universidad Politecnica Argelia Laya in Venezuela, and as Associate Professor/Founding chair, African/African American Studies at Antioch College. He currently serves on the Executive Board of the Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora (ASWAD); the Board of Stagville (NC) State Historic Site Foundation; the City of Durham Cultural Advisory Board and is a founding and current Board member of Our Children’s Place – for the Children of Incarcerated Mothers. He’s served on the Editorial Advisory Boards of The Black Scholar, and PALARA – Publication of the Afro-Latin American Research Association and is immediate past Chair, the Durham Historic Preservation Commission.

Dr. Jordan has a BA in Psychology from Norfolk State University; MA in African American Studies and MS in Preventive Medicine, Ohio State University; and PhD, African Studies/Development and Planning, Howard University.

Mimi Stephens is the Professional Development Director for the Choices Program. Prior to joining the Choices Program in 2011, Mimi worked at Clark University where she served as the Director of the Teacher Center for Global Studies supporting K12 social studies teachers throughout Massachusetts for more than 20 years. Mimi holds a Masters in International Development and Social Change from Clark University.

Program Materials

Instructions: To receive .5 CEUs/5 PDCH you must attend the virtual program on April 15th and turn in a study guide. DOWNLOAD THE STUDY GUIDE HERE. Please return completed study guide by Friday, May 7th, 2021 to Nick Allen, World View Program Coordinator at NICKA@UNC.EDU.

General support provided by:

Office of the Vice Provost for Global Affairs