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The Graduate Students of Color Dinner Series allows for informal conversations between faculty and graduate students of color over dinner. This program that provides an intimate opportunity to graduate students of color from across the university to hear from a faculty member of color about their individual journeys and experiences in navigating academia and other professional arenas. This program is in partnership with the Office of Graduate Student Life at the Student Resource Center. The first Fall Dinner will take place this Tuesday 9/17 from 6:00pm-8:00pm. Please RSVP via bit.ly/cmepevents - space is limited!
The faculty speaking at the dinner are as follows:
Alexander Santiago-Jirau: Educational Theatre Faculty
Alexander Santiago-Jirau is a theatre artist, educator, advocate and arts administrator committed to the use of theatre for youth and community development. He is Associate Director of Teaching and Learning at The Center for Arts Education (www.caenyc.org), where he manages a roster of over seventy Teaching Artists in Dance, Music, Theatre and the Visual Arts, counsels youth pursuing arts careers, and leads professional development workshops for educators. A Theatre of the Oppressed practitioner who studied with Augusto Boal, Alex has facilitated hundreds of workshops throughout his career, particularly with youth and diverse immigrant communities. He is Past-President of the Board of Directors of Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed, Inc. (www.ptoweb.org), a national organization devoted to the work of liberatory educators, activists, artists, and community organizers. Alex is also Co-founder and Artistic Director of The Forum Project (www.theforumproject.org), a theatre performance and education company that designs custom workshops, community projects, performances and trainings for a wide range of communities and social justice issues. Alex has also taught at Drew University and The Living Theatre Conservatory. In addition to presenting his work at numerous national and international conferences, he is a recipient of Repertorio Español's Van Lier Young Directors Fellowship. In 2010, he was elected to the board of the New York City Arts in Education Roundtable. Alex holds a B.S. in Urban and Regional Studies from Cornell University and an M.A. in Educational Theatre from New York University Steinhardt where he also teaches courses in Theatre of the Oppressed and theatre for conflict transformation.
Deirdre A. Royster: Associate Professor of Sociology
Deirdre A. Royster is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Wagner Graduate School of Public Service . She earned her B.S. in Sociology and Psychology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (1987) and her M.A. and Ph. D. from Johns Hopkins University (1991, 1996). Previously, she taught at UMass-Amherst (1996-2001), where she was an award-winning teacher, and most recently at the College of William and Mary, where she chaired the Department of Sociology (2003-06) and directed the Center for the Study of Inequality (2004-08) and the Black Studies Program (2007-08).
Dr. Royster's first book, Race and the Invisible Hand: How White Networks Exclude Black Men from Blue Collar Jobs (University of California Press, 2003) received the 2004 Oliver Cromwell Cox Best Book Award. Her research interests cross-cut sociological areas including Racism and Racial Stratification, Economic Sociology/Urban Political Economy, Public Policy, Race/Class/Gender Studies, and Work/Labor/Labor Markets.