Dean's Diversity Lecture: Reclaiming the Racial Justice Meaning of Equity

Dr. Estela Mara Bensimon

Dr. Estela Mara Bensimon will argue in this Dean's Diversity Lecture that the term "equity" is much more than a word to be sprinkled into educational discourse as one might do with salt to season a bland meal. To meaningfully and intelligently discuss equity and equity-mindedness, Dr. Bensimon believes society must be clear that it is whiteness—not the achievement gap—that produces and sustains racial inequality in higher education. The authentic exercise of equity and equity-mindedness, she will argue in the lecture, requires explicit attention to structural inequality and institutionalized racism, which demands system-changing responses.

Dr. Bensimon is a professor of higher education at the Rossier School of Education and the director of the Center for Urban Education at the University of Southern California.