On May 18, 2022, Quinnipiac University held it’s Inclusive Excellence Summer Assembly. The Keynote speaker was Buffie Longmire-Avital, PhD, and she spoke on “Building Sustainable Diversity, Inclusion, and Racial Equity in Higher Education.”
Using principles from critical race theory, psychology and critical mentoring — and an experience epistemology gained from being a Black American woman navigating historically white academic spaces as both a student and faculty member — Longmire-Avital aimed to start conversations on how persistent inequities in higher education point towards a need for critical frameworks that dismantle barriers and move the academy into a space that acknowledges, sustains and thrives off of equitable engagement.
In this talk, she presented her synergistic framework for critical mentorship as an anchor for DEI work. This reparative framework has three main components: 1) intentional representation and recruitment; 2) inclusive critical consciousness; and 3) generated signature work that is both transportable and capital-building for future success within the institution and beyond.