Globe columnist Adrian Walker writes about how Chancellor Marcelo Suárez-Orozco has appointed J. Keith Motley Endowed Chair of Sport Leadership and Administration Joseph Cooper as the Special Assistant to the Chancellor for Black Life. This newly created position is intended to bring greater focus across the campus community to issues of inequality, racism, and social justice.
Suárez-Orozco said he viewed the appointment as a powerful way to speak to the challenges of the moment. He said his goal is to make the campus a national leader in building what he called an antiracist culture. “I think it’s courageous leadership by the chancellor to say, looking at the data, and understanding our society, we recognize that Black people have experienced distinct challenges that require concerted approaches,” Cooper said.
The traditional college model is likely to change significantly post-coronavirus, with online classes playing a much larger role, higher education experts said. “I feel like this is a brave new world,” said Associate Professor of Education Denise Patmon. UMass Boston's decision in late June to move its classes mostly online helped her reimagine her education courses. “That helped to liberate me,” she said. “It provided me with a clear lens for the fall.”
“This is the first time in the NBA's history that an entire team has decided to boycott because of racial injustice," said Joseph Cooper, UMass Boston's J. Keith Motley Endowed Chair of Sport Leadership and Administration. Some players, including Celtics forward Jaylen Brown, have taken on a leading role in the fight for racial justice, according to Cooper, who specializes in the intersection of sports and race. "Today in society, we need people who are anti-racist. People who say, 'Not only do I not condone racism, but I’m actively doing something to address racism,'" Cooper said. "And I think the athletes of today, particularly in the NBA as well as in the other leagues, are taking that to heart.”
Joseph N. Cooper, the J. Keith Motley Endowed Chair for Sport Leadership and Administration at UMass Boston, comments on an article about how NBA and WNBA players have been socially progressive and outspoken compared to other leagues in North America: "It really challenges the stereotype that Black athletes are one dimensional and that they're multi-faceted, that they have multiple interests and they have the ability to enact change in a multitude of ways."
Lisa Cosgrove, a professor of counseling and school psychology at UMass Boston, discussed four dimensions of commercial bias in psychiatry -psychiatric taxonomy, psychotropic drug trials, clinical care guidelines, and medical education- in a recent article published in Health and Human Rights
Amy Cardoso, an English teacher in Woburn Memorial High School's PEAK program who earned her MEd from UMass Boston, is a 2020 Commonwealth Heroine: A woman nominated by a state legislator who performs "unheralded acts daily that make our homes, neighborhoods, cities and towns better places to live."
Five University of Massachusetts faculty were awarded the 2020 Manning Prize for Excellence in Teaching. The honorees — including Kristin Murphy, an assistant professor of special education in UMass Boston's College of Education and Human Development — will receive $10,000 awards.
Michelle Markowitz, who was certified in contemporary practices in developmental disabilities leadership and management from the Institute for Community Inclusion, School for Global Inclusion & Social Development at UMass Boston, has been named the new president and CEO of Cardinal Cushing Centers.
J. Keith Motley Endowed Chair of Sport Leadership and Administration Joseph Cooper said what matters is what happens when protests aren't convenient, when institutions are challenged to follow up a Twitter statement with action, or when a human rights stance isn't in franchises' business interests.