Learning to Listen: Conversations for Change

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Spring 2024 Series


Learning to Listen: Conversations for Change returns with three new conversations featuring inspiring leaders working on the frontlines of current and emerging issues for children and families. These conversations are for everyone who cares for and about babies and children, and the families, professionals, and communities that protect, nurture, and enjoy them.

All Learning to Listen conversations are one-hour long and feature live Spanish translation, closed captioning, and an interactive Q and A. Certificates of attendance are available.


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Episode 1: Reigniting Kānaka Hawaiʻi Identity Through Education: Experiences of a half-century of decolonizing and Indigenous social justice work with Walter Kahumoku, Associate Professor at the College of Education at the University of Hawaii in Manoa
Wednesday, March 27, 2024, 3 PM ET / 12 PM PT

Children early on learn to be, to believe, to value, and to communicate. They learn who they are and how to coexist with and care for each other, all their relatives, and the earth that surrounds them. Visionary and architect of several Native Hawaiian educational programs, Walter Kahumoku III describes early educational learning experiences for Kānaka children that set them on lifelong paths to understand and advance Indigenous ways of communicating, being, behaving, and knowing. Join us as Professor Kahumoku III us inside the hearts and minds of Hawai’i’s Keiki (children).  

Dr. Walter Kahumoku III

Associate Professor at the College of Education at the University of Hawaii in Manoa

Dr. Walter Kahumoku III is currently Associate Professor at the College of Education at the University of Hawaii in Manoa. He was formerly the Executive Assistant to the Chancellor at UH West Oʻahu and the former Director of the Kauhale Kīpaipai (Educator Professional Development) department of the Kamehameha Schools. A former school administrator, writing specialist, high school teacher, and director of forensics, Dr. Kahumoku has dedicated his life’s work to improving the educational well-being of Hawaiian learners. His publications and presentations advocate for cultural, linguistic, and indigenous educational approaches that advance meaningful, relevant, rigorous, relationship-based, and responsibility-focused leading, teaching, and learning. For over 30 years in education, he has experience in teacher and administrator education, curriculum development, instructional strategies, and assessment, professional development, and educational policy.

As a visionary and architect of Native Hawaiian and indigenous educational approaches and programs, Dr. Kahumoku is recognized and sought after locally, nationally, and internationally. As Director of Kauhale Kīpaipai, he was the lead designer of Kahua, a teacher induction program, and Hoʻokele, an administrator leadership program. He currently sits on the boards of Kuleana ‘Ōiwi: a Native Hawaiian Journal board and Hūlili: Multidisciplinary Research on Hawaiian Well-Being. He is one of the contributing writers to the Nā Honua Mauli Ola Cultural Pathways, chaired a major section in the Nā Lau Lama report as well as a writer and contributor to the creation and implementation of Na Hopena Aʻo, culturally grounded learner outcomes adopted by DOE Hawaiʻi statewide (2016). On a national level, he sat on the National Indian Education Association (2010-2013) and was an invited participant in the NIEA/NEA Native High School Roundtable Discussion in Washington, D.C. Internationally, Dr. Kahumoku was a writer for the WINHEC P-12 Indigenous Accreditation handbook and continues to serve as lead chair for WINHEC P-12 and visiting committee chair as well as member for WINHEC Higher Education accreditation teams.

Dr. Kahumoku is a teacher of teachers. As an adjunct professor and researcher at the University of Hawai’i’s College of Education for over seventeen years, he has supervised and supported 40+ master and doctorate students to completion of their degrees—the majority of whom are Native Hawaiian educators. His former work around Culture Based Education as it applies to Common Core has been critical to helping teachers understand how to reach native Hawaiian students in meaningful, relevant ways. With over 30+ years in English-Speech education, teacher and administrator education, curriculum development, instructional strategies, and assessment, professional development, research, and educational policy, Dr. Kahumoku continues to guide school leaders and teachers in the work of reaching more native students in powerful, meaningful ways. Dr. Kahumoku and his family hail from ‘Āhuimanu, O‘ahu.

Episode 2: Explaining Racial Disparities in Health
with Khiara M. Bridges, Professor of Law at UC Berkeley School of Law
Wednesday, April 17, 2024, 3 PM ET / 12 PM PT

Why are so many health outcomes – like maternal morbidity and mortality – so much worse for people of color? Hint: It’s not genes. And it’s not culture. To eliminate racial health inequities, we need to understand where they come from, and what perpetuates them. Learn with cultural anthropologist and professor of law at the University of California, Berkeley, Khiara M. Bridges, JD., PhD., about the roots of racial health inequities, the myths and misunderstandings that have obscured them, and how eyes-wide-open clarity can light up the way to ending them.

Khiara M. Bridges

Professor of Law at UC Berkeley School of Law

Khiara M. Bridges is a professor of law at UC Berkeley School of Law. She has written many articles concerning race, class, reproductive rights, and the intersection of the three. Her scholarship has appeared in the Harvard Law Review, Stanford Law Review, the Columbia Law Review, the California Law Review, the NYU Law Review, and the Virginia Law Review, among others. She is also the author of three books: Reproducing Race: An Ethnography of Pregnancy as a Site of Racialization (2011), The Poverty of Privacy Rights (2017), and Critical Race Theory: A Primer (2019). She is a coeditor of a reproductive justice book series that is published under the imprint of the University of California Press.

She graduated as valedictorian from Spelman College, receiving her degree in three years. She received her J.D. from Columbia Law School and her Ph.D., with distinction, from Columbia University’s Department of Anthropology. While in law school, she was a teaching assistant for the former dean, David Leebron (Torts), as well as for the late E. Allan Farnsworth (Contracts). She was a member of the Columbia Law Review and a Kent Scholar. She speaks fluent Spanish and basic Arabic, and she is a classically trained ballet dancer.
Episode 3: Social Epidemiology to Combat Unjust Residential Evictions (SECURE): Black mothers, families, and communities
with Dr. Shawnita Sealy-Jefferson, Founder, Director, and Principal Investigator of the Social Epidemiology to Eliminate Disparities (SEED) Lab
Wednesday, May 1, 2024, 3 PM ET / 12 PM PT

Dr. Shawnita Sealy-Jefferson, Principal Investigator of the SECURE Study, joins us to discuss her team’s scholar-activism on the connections between racism- and sexism-induced inequities in residential evictions and adverse birth and maternal outcomes, and how her participatory approach to research is unapologetically mobilizing community power, wisdom, and radical truth-telling of Black women, families, and communities

Dr. Shawnita Sealy-Jefferson

Founder, Director, and Principal Investigator of the Social Epidemiology to Eliminate Disparities (SEED) Lab

Dr. Sealy-Jefferson is a social epidemiologist whose primary research seeks action to combat manifestations of structural racism that limit the human rights of Black families and communities. Dr. Sealy-Jefferson is the Founder, Director, and Principal Investigator of the Social Epidemiology to Eliminate Disparities (SEED) Lab. The mission of the SEED Lab is to conduct high-quality epidemiologic research to find solutions to the disproportionate burden of infant mortality among Black women. Specifically, Dr. Sealy-Jefferson’s scholar-activism draws from the Reproductive Justice Framework and seeks to: (1) empirically document associations between systems of oppression and preterm birth (which is the leading cause of infant death), (2) explicate the intervening biologic, social, and psychosocial mechanisms, as well as (3) identify effect modifiers of these associations among Black women. The goal of her scholarship is to inform future intervention studies, policy change, and social activism.

To this end, Dr. Sealy-Jefferson is the Principal Investigator of the Social Epidemiology to Combat Unjust Residential Evictions (SECURE) Study, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. In partnership with a Community Advisory Board of Black women leaders, the SECURE study will document, for the first time, the magnitude and severity of court-ordered and illegal residential evictions, as well as their impact on the health of Black families in Metro-Detroit, MI. This mixed-methodology multi-level participatory action research study will prioritize community power and agency, and center the voices, experiences, and ways of knowing of Black women. The SECURE study is unapologetically, FOR US, BY US, and our work is grounded in HOUSING IS A HUMAN RIGHT and BLACK LIVES MATTER.”

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