As a writer and researcher steeped in theory and scholarship, Dr. Joshi combines that knowledge with a conversational style to engage her audience. After 20+ years of teaching, she can take the most complex academic research and theory and bring it to life with stories that resonate with all audiences. Presentations can range from academic to personal, drawing on Dr. Joshi’s lived experience, as well as that of her students and workshop participants, to illustrate stories of social and racial justice issues and, in particular, interfaith, multi-racial, and immigrant issues as they touch families and communities.

The course provides a glimpse into strands of lesser-known history that have shaped this nation, illuminating the role of race in U.S. history. Specifically, audience members will be presented with a narrative that shows how Supreme Court decisions, immigration laws and Jim Crow policies contributed to the development of Whiteness in America and how these historical moments continue to shape our nation.

Understanding Your Child’s Racial Identity Development is designed to encourage family conversations about social justice, social identity, and diversity. Dr. Joshi provides an overview of factors that help have a positive racial identity for all young people, one which promotes an outlook of social justice for our world. This is also an opportunity for parents to consider their own social identities, and how these identities affect the ways in which they view the world, their parenting practices, and their day-to-day experiences.

Understanding the immigration debate today, means revisiting information from US History that most of us didn’t learn in school. This presentation provides explanations of key historical moments that illuminate points of the immigration debate of the past 20 years. Using anecdotes, Dr. Joshi explains the impacts of the laws on US society, including immigrant communities.

Knowledge and Skills are required to advance towards social justice.
Learning about Social Justice issues and taking action isn’t always conformable. Becoming aware of our own biases, and gaps of information can be uncomfortable. In this presentation, Dr. Joshi talks about a process to help individuals get comfortable with being uncomfortable.

Race and Religion are central organizing principles of life in America, where we often promote the ideas of cultural and religious pluralism and simultaneously assert that we are a Christian nation. This presentation provides a short historical overview of the development of a White Christian Norm that is part of everyday America. The presentation then moves on to focus on the religious diversity in the US, with an emphasis on the lived experience of groups who are both religious and racial minorities. Something about interfaith?