Podcast 06.15.23

S6 E10: Attacks on Black Political Power

Join Kanya Bennett and cohost Jheanelle Wilkins, director of state and local government affairs at the Leadership Conference, as they discuss recent attacks on Black political power with District of Columbia Councilmember Robert White, Melissa Wasser of the ACLU-DC, Dr. Sekou Franklin of Middle Tennessee State University, and Patrice Willoughby of the NAACP.

Podcast 10.26.22

S6 E04: Affirmative Action Means Opportunity for All

On today’s episode of Pod For the Cause, our host, Kanya Bennett, is joined by ​​Star Wingate-Bey, a 2016 graduate of the University of North Carolina and a student intervenor who helped defend UNC’s admissions policy in the affirmative action case involving the university, and Genzie Bonadies Torres, Associate Director for the Educational Opportunities Project at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, to discuss affirmative action and the related cases before the Supreme Court – Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA) v. Harvard and Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA) v. University of North Carolina (UNC).

Podcast 06.17.21

S04 E08: School in the Time of COVID

Vanessa Gonzalez is joined by Sylvia Tanguma, president of the McAllen American Federation of Teachers and a teacher at James Bonham Elementary in McAllen, TX, to discuss how teachers heroically pivoted their curriculum and methods in the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and what needs to be done to help students and teachers re-enter the classroom, as we emerge from the pandemic.

Podcast 05.12.21

S04 E07: Unmasking Reopening

Pod for the Cause host Vanessa N. Gonzalez is joined by mental health experts: Melvin Wilson (Senior Policy Advisor for Social Justice and Human Rights, at the National Association of Social Workers) and Sherod Haynes (MD/PhD Candidate ​at Emory University) to unpack mental health after over a year of quarantine, the social dichotomy of vaccinations, and reimagining care during reopening through an intersectional lens.

Podcast 05.1.20

S02 E08: Getting Educated in America

Pod for the Cause host Ashley Allison is joined by the creator, writer, and director of the Netflix series Dear White People, Justin Simien, and the actress who portrays the character Joelle Brooks in Dear White People, Ashley Blaine Featherson, to discuss the experience of students of color on college campuses along with the complexities of race in our nation.