Educational Equity: Storytelling as an anti-racist tool to create community | University of Phoenix

Educational Equity: Storytelling as an anti-racist tool to create community

By University of Phoenix

  • Sep 14, 2020
  • 4 min read
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About the event

Join us on Sept. 17, 2020, for our monthly LIVE Educational Equity Webinar: “Storytelling as an anti-racism tool to create community.”

Storytelling is a practice that allows us to better understand ourselves and appreciate the experiences and perspectives of others. It is described by scholars and practitioners alike as a communication tool that has been with us since the beginning of time. Most importantly, for the moment in history in which we find ourselves, storytelling has been shown to help us appreciate others’ worldviews, to be comfortable with ambiguity and it serves as a pedagogical tool that honors diversity.

“In our so-called post racial society, we have trouble talking about race, even in spaces intended for such conversations. In Storytelling for Social Justice, Lee Anne Bell expands our understanding of storytelling as a vehicle for race talk, builds a typology of stories to conceptualize racial discourse, and reaffirms the role of the arts in creating community.” (The Harvard Educational Review – HEPG, 2010)

This webinar will cover the following topics:

  • Storytelling as community engagement
  • Storytelling as a cultural competence and tool for change
  • Storytelling and workforce-the whys and benefits
  • Storytelling as higher-ed and adult pedagogy – it’s how adults learn

This event is free and open to the public. #EduEquity #TogetherWeSoar

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Eve Krahe, PhD, EDAC, Inaugural Dean of Research and Innovation at University of Phoenix


Eve Krahe, PhD, EDAC, is serving as the inaugural Dean of Research and Innovation at University of Phoenix. Prior she was Associate Dean in the College of Doctoral Studies and College of Health Professions. Dr. Krahe began her career at Arizona State University where she attained the rank of Associate Professor and oversaw the graduate and undergraduate programs in Healthcare Innovation at the university. She is on the Board of Directors of the Arizona Humanities Council and American Association of University Administrators.

Liz Warren, Director and Co-founder of the South Mountain Community College Storytelling Institute


Liz Warren, a fourth-generation Arizonan, is the director and one of the founders of the South Mountain Community College Storytelling Institute in Phoenix, Ariz. The Institute received the Maricopa Community Colleges 2016 Diversity Award and the 2014 New Times Best of Phoenix award for “Best Place to Learn to Tell Tales.”

Her textbook, “The Oral Tradition Today: An Introduction to the Art of Storytelling,” is used at colleges around the nation. Her recorded version of The Story of the Grail received a Parents’ Choice Recommended Award and a Storytelling World Award. She serves as storytelling coach and emcee for Gannett’s nationwide Storytellers Project.

In July 2014 she received the Oracle Award for Service and Leadership from the National Storytelling Network. In September 2014 she was named to the New Times list of 100 Creatives in Phoenix. The Arizona Humanities Council awarded her the Dan Schilling Award as the 2018 Humanities Public Scholar. In 2019, the American Association of Community Colleges awarded her the Dale Parnell Distinguished Faculty Award.

She is the author of two recent publications from the Vitalyst Health Foundation: A policy brief, Storytelling as a Catalyst for Systems Change, and a workbook, Storytelling for Resident Leaders. In August of this year, she coordinated a series of public storytelling workshops sponsored by Mayor Kate Gallego’s office for Phoenix Herstories, the city’s celebration of the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment.

Travis May, Ed.D., Storytelling and Workforce Faculty, South Mountain Community College


Travis May has been a part of South Mountain Community College for over 20 years and is currently the third faculty member in the Storytelling Institute. His specific focus is on storytelling for workforce development. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Arizona State University, Master of Education in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University and a Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership and Development from Grand Canyon University.

Travis really enjoys being a storytelling professor and feels storytelling is more than just telling stories, it is a way to express ideas, passions and connecting with people. He enjoys incorporating storytelling to engage learners in cultural and community awareness. Travis has led the Institute’s connection with ASU’s Changemaker initiative, and in creating faculty development coursework in storytelling for the college and the Maricopa Community College District. He has created and design online teaching models for various external organizations and is currently curating the “I’m Telling” podcast for the Institute.

Rachel Egboro, Storyteller and Founder of The Whole Story, a platform for Black people and their stories


Rachel Egboro is a storyteller and founder of The Whole Story, a platform for Black people and their stories. Inspired by the power of personal stories, Rachel launched The Whole Story in 2017 as racial tensions continued to rise in America. Through a one-on-one story-mining process, Rachel cultivates personal and relatable stories from the Black community.

In partnership with Phoenix Art Museum, Egboro created a space where the audience can authentically connect with Black stories on a level deeper than the skin. In addition to her work with The Whole Story, Egboro consults for businesses and nonprofits like Prevent Child Abuse Arizona, in Business Magazine and Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix to incorporate storytelling into their events.⁠

Egboro is also a Philanthropic Advisor at Arizona Community Foundation. She facilitates donors’ ability to achieve their individual charitable goals within the broader mission of mobilizing philanthropy for a better Arizona.

Tahnja Wilson, Director of Training and Development University of Phoenix


After years in the healthcare field, using her MIM and MBA, Tahnja Wilson earned her elementary education certificate and designed and taught her own technology curriculum to K-8 students. Additionally, she developed more than 30 professional development courses for K-12 educators on personalized learning, gaming, student agency, etc. Since joining University of Phoenix in 2019 as the Director of Faculty Training and Development, her focus has been on enhancing faculty performance to realize better student outcomes.

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