UWC-USA Equity Workshops

July 16 - 18 UWC-USA Equity Workshops

UWC-USA is committed to  creating and sustaining diverse employee and student learning environments. In light of ongoing systemic injustice, and in response to the most recent calls to action, Bartos Institute for the Constructive Engagement of Conflict offers online tools and courses for diversity, equity, and inclusion that will leave you feeling empowered and ready to move forward with tools and strategies for supporting all members of your community across differences of identity, geography, and perspective.   

UWC faculty, staff, friends, partners, and alumni are invited to join us for any and all of the following virtual sessions for deeper discussion, learning, and community-building, as we strive to live into the UWC mission.

Registration is closed because the workshops have concluded. Some content from the webinars will be available online once it has been edited. Check back for updates.

UWC leaders discuss equity and contemporary US and global movements for justice in the context of international education.

Victoria Mora bio picFor Dr. Victoria Mora, UWC-USA’s fifth president, a UWC education is personal. A first-generation college graduate from a large, traditional New Mexico family, Victoria saw up close the power of the UWC model when her child attended school in Montezuma, graduating in 2013. Growing up in a lower middle-class family in the West Mesa neighborhood of Albuquerque with five siblings, she credits the support of her family as she pursued her educational goals at the University of New Mexico and later Yale University. Victoria graduated with a degree in English and Philosophy from UNM in 1985 and completed her Ph.D. from Yale in 1992. Returning to New Mexico, she worked as a tutor (faculty member) at St. John’s College in Santa Fe from 1992 until she became the Dean of the college in 2006. As Chief Academic Officer, she was responsible for the academic programme of the College, coordinated accreditation efforts, launched the St. John’s Summer Academy for high-school students, and increased student domestic diversity and international diversity dramatically. In 2011, Victoria assumed the role of Vice President for advancement and ultimately Senior Vice President for development and alumni relations across both campuses of St. John’s.

Roderick  Jemison is UWC ISAK Japan’s founding head of school. He holds a BA degree from Morehouse College and an MA degree from Tennessee State University. A native of Nashville, Tennessee, Roderick first came to Japan in 1992 as a member of the Japanese Exchange Teaching Programme. After an 8 year tenure at La Jolla Country Day School in San Diego, he returned to Japan in 2013 to help lay the foundation for what would become UWC ISAK Japan. Determined to live the mission and vision of the school on a daily basis, Roderick works with the entire community to foster respectful, collaborative and creative young people in a setting with a rigorous curriculum and a variety of leadership opportunities.

Join Cicely Blain (UWC-Maastricht ’12) for an introductory workshop on anti-oppression, racial justice, inclusion, and access.  Participation is highly encouraged for those interested in a new perspective on, or refresher about, “anti-oppressive growth, reflection, critical thought, and mindful action.” 

Cicely Belle Blain is the CEO of a social justice-informed diversity and inclusion consulting company with over 100 clients across North America, Europe, Asia and Africa. They are noted
for founding Black Lives Matter Vancouver and subsequently being listed as one Vancouver’s 50 most powerful people, BC Business’s 30 under 30 and one of 150 Black women and non-binary people making change across Canada. Cicely Belle is an instructor in Executive Leadership at Simon Fraser University and the author of Burning Sugar (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2020).

Presented by Brenda Herrera Moreno (UWC-Atlantic ’11), this session is a space for white community members to reflect on their identities of privilege – to understand their stake in, and identify their responsibilities for, the movement, community, and work of anti-oppression.

Born in Mexico City, but partially raised in India, traveled the world, middle school in South Carolina, high school in Wales, and college in Massachusetts, Brenda identifies as a queer transnational woman of color. After Hampshire College, Brenda experienced diverse roles in advocacy and community engagement. Currently, Brenda is the Founder and Lead Facilitator of In.Visible Paradigms, an organization on a mission to awaken and deepen the role of white allies/accomplices in the work of anti-oppression to collectively disrupt white supremacy.  Handouts for this workshop include:  silenceintoaction and Axis of Privilege and Oppression.

Join Institute Director Naomi Swinton (UWC-USA, ’89) and Ambassadorial Chair Dr. Selena Sermeño, to learn about Bartos Institute’s approach to facilitating Difficult Conversations, using Constructive Engagement of Conflict methodology and practices.

Naomi Swinton

Naomi Swinton is the Dean of Students and directs the Bartos Institute at UWC-USA, supporting Residential Life, Health and Experiential Education and developing social change programming for young people from more than 94 countries. Her work with conflict engagement, restorative justice, racial equity and immigration and criminal justice has contributed to an extensive network of social justice partners collaborating to serve youth in Northern NM and beyond. She is the founder of the Educational Bridge Scholars program, which supports young Afghani students for a period of study in the U.S. Naomi has more than 25 years experience in fundraising, developing and evaluating programs, strategic planning and philanthropic consulting. Naomi has worked with Grassroots Leadership and a number of other Southern organizations in NC, SC, GA, MS, AR, TX, WV, VA, TN and KY.  She graduated from University of Chicago and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from UNC-Wilmington, and studied Business Administration at UNM with a focus on nonprofit organizations. She was recently recognized as a local leader by the Santa Fe Community Foundation.


Selena Sermeño’s focus on human rights, trauma recovery, and cross cultural understanding has been inspired by her experience with civil war growing up in El Salvador and work across the world with survivors of traumatic events. 

Selena is a psychologist, educator, and facilitator.  Currently, she serves as the Ambassadorial Chair for the Bartos Institute for the Constructive Engagement of Conflict of the United World College-USA, where she serves as a mentor to adolescents from over 80 countries, guiding them on the fundamentals of compassionate dialogue, human rights, peace education, diplomacy and reconciliation processes. 

The Bartos Institute and Constructive Engagement of Conflict team is looking forward to presenting a few of UWC-USA’s campus community-specific initiatives, including:

  • Reports from the February 2020 MLK event focus groups, developed by Steve Wessler http://www.stevewessler.com/, human rights educator, trainer and advocate specializing in conflict resolution
  • (re) Introduction of UWC-USA’s Constructive Engagement of Conflict initiatives and activities
  • 2020/21 academic year commitment to and plans for IDEA (inclusion, diversity, equity, access) programming
  • Sneak preview of the 2021 Annual Conference theme, keynote speakers and opportunities for alumni engagement

"Wherever we are -- in our homes, in our workplaces, in the UWC movement -- we are being called to stand up for peace. And for the justice that makes it possible. We are also being called to listen, especially to the Other. It is, as ever, the only way forward."

Victoria Mora, UWC-USA President