Professor Rosemary Ndubuizu speaks on community building, institutional investment, and social movements at Red House Dinner Series
On March 19th, Red House was delighted to host African American Studies Professor Rosemary Ndubuizu at the third Red House Dinner series event of the Spring semester.
Bringing in her unique experience as an organizer for ONE DC, Professor Ndubuizu spoke about the changing demographics of Washington, DC and the challenges it has caused regarding housing and employment opportunities for long-time residents. Students living off campus and recent college graduates all face high rents and are stakeholders in the issue of affordable housing. Professor Ndubuizu encouraged students to be a part of the solution to this issue by organizing alongside DC residents. Professor Ndubuizu also affirmed students’ agency when it comes to university investments: by effectively voicing concerns and ideas, students have the power to help design a university that meets their needs– whether that means having more diverse faculty members, increased resources to students of color or creating structures for greater social and emotional support.
Professor Ndubuizu both applauds the efforts of the Parkland students to build a broad base and raises caution about movements being sustainable and inclusive of all social identities. She particularly emphasized how social media has become a space adverse to learning and growth by preventing people to ask questions and make mistakes. This then makes it challenging for individuals to engage in productive conversations without being criticized for not saying the right thing. Instead of calling people out, she advised that we call each other in.
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