PACE Event

Performative v. Normative Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Moving Away from Deficit Thinking

Dr. Cecilia Rios-Aguilar

Efforts being made around the country to encourage educational reform in the areas of equity, access, diversity, and inclusion may be viewed as only for show. How can we shift away from performative demonstrations of support and “blame the victim” theories, such as deficit thinking, that suggest people are responsible for their predicaments, rather than the biased systems that surround them?

Utilizing a funds of knowledge approach to the conversation—knowledge that students and family members have because of their roles in communities and culture—Dr. Rios-Aguilar explores how students’ cultural experiences can be used to develop strategies to overcome disparities and enact long-term normative change.

Featured speaker:

  • Dr. Cecilia Rios-Aguilar, Professor and Associate Dean of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, University of California, Los Angles, and Faculty Director, PACE

Kindly register in advance. If you have a question you would like to share with the speaker, please submit it via the registration form. The speaker will answer as many participant questions as time allows that day.

Presented by the University of Rochester Office of Alumni Relations and Constituent Engagement in partnership with the Office of Equity and Inclusion, and the Diversity Advisory Council.