Presenters: Jacqueline M. Holland, Ed.D., CFCS-HDFS Virginia B. Vincenti, Ph.D., CFCSAbout the Session:
The topic of diversity is very timely given recent events in our country. Family and Consumer Science professionals in their work are likely to face situations where being informed about diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) would be helpful to them and their constituents. With so many falsehoods being spread and so much divisiveness, it is hard to be self-reflective and to distinguish fact from emotion and unfounded opinion. We cannot understand the present until we know about how we got where we are and where we should be in the future. People judge when they do not understand. FCS professionals should be advocates for the deepest meaning of our mission.
About the Presenter(s):
- Explore the history of the Association related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
- Recognize the contribution of communities of color to the profession.
- Examine personal conscious and unconscious predispositions related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
- Identify principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion that are applicable in their professional setting.
- Utilize practical steps to implement principles in their professional settings.
- Begin a dialogue about ways the Association can improve its policies, procedures, and opportunities for members to participate in change.
Jacqueline M. Holland, Ed.D., CFCS-HDFS, is Associate Professor and Interim Department Director for Family and Consumer Sciences at Morgan State University. She is the Community Leader for the Diversity and Inclusion Community, past President (2017), and recent recipient of the Distinguished Service Award in AAFCS. Dr. Holland is the former Family and Consumer Sciences Supervisor for Prince George’s County Public Schools in Maryland. She provided leadership, vision, and direction for over 100 teachers and 11,000 students over seven years in this role. Dr. Holland’s research is in the areas of family and consumer sciences education and housing. Her YouTube channel “Healthy Abode” provides helpful information on creating and maintaining a home environment that sustains health.
Virginia B. Vincenti, Ph.D., CFCS, Professor Emeritus of Human Development and Family Sciences, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, University of Wyoming, has a record of sustained achievements in AAFCS including 18 leadership positions, 2003-2004 President, Associate and Executive Editors of the Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal, membership in the Nominating and Public Policy Committees and the Global Perspectives and Diversity and Inclusion Communities. She also is a recent recipient of the AAFCS Distinguished Service Award. Her historical research of the field including her dissertation, articles, book chapters, and her co-edited book, Rethinking Home Economics: Women and the History of a Profession has raised critical questions and highlighted the contributions of leaders in the field.