Black Lives Matter in Research

A Look at Inequalities in Research and Research Methodologies
Virtual Symposium

2021 Symposium will be held in early November 2021. Come back soon for dates and registration!

2020 Event: November 12, 2020 | 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

All event proceedings available at MSU Digital Commons

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Black Live Matter in Research Event - 11/12/20


Keynote Recording available here!

Panel Recording NEW!


This inaugural one day event will bring together a community of researchers and ethics professionals into the discussion of Black Lives Matter and its intersectionality with research design and research methodologies. Within the greater context of racism there is a need for exploration of how researchers, research administration and human subject professionals can work together to address inclusivity, beneficence, exclusionary design, participation issues, representation and more. The symposium will have two keynote speakers, a panel discussion and end in a smaller breakout session with a working group to establish and initiate ongoing actions beyond this event.

This event is sponsored by the Montclair State University Office of Research, Harry A. Sprague Library and the Institutional Review Board. External sponsorship for this event provided by PRIM&R and Cayuse.

The Planning Committee would like to thank the African American Caucus, Latinx/a/o Caucus groups for their continued support for this event.


  • 9:00 am Welcome
  • 9:15 am Keynote Speakers
    • Dr. Monique A. Guishard, Associate Professor of Psychology, CUNY-Bronx Community College & The Bronx Research Review Board Inc.
    • Dr. Jason Williams, Assistant Professor of Justice Studies, Montclair State University. Interrogating Power Dynamics in Research: Why Black Voices Matter 
  • 11:00 am Panel Discussion on Inequalities in Research and Research Methodologies
    • Panelists: Danné E. Davis,  Ethelene Whitmire, Mayida Zaal, Nicole A. Cooke, Tara L. Conley
  • 12:15-1:00 pm Break
  • 1:00-2:00 pm Call to Action Working Group (FULL maximum number of seats have been filled)
Keynote Speakers

Dr. Monique A. Guishard
Associate Professor of Psychology
CUNY-Bronx Community College & The Bronx Research Review Board Inc.

Monique A. Guishard, PhD (she/her/hers) is a Blacktina, born on St. Thomas U.S. Virgin Islands and raised in the South Bronx. She is an accomplished storyteller, educator, community social psychologist, research ethicist, and organizer. Her work pairs critical theory, lived experience, and robust Black feminist epistemologies to endarken mainstream research ethics paradigms. Dr. Guishard is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Deputy Chairperson at her alma mater, Bronx Community College (BCC). She is the chair of the Board of Directors of The Bronx Community Research Review Board ( Guishard is a board member of CUNY’s Center for LGBTQ Studies and a founding member of The Public Science Project’s Critical Participatory Action Research Institutes. Monique was the Principal Investigator of the $250,000 PCORI Eugene Washington funded: Community Engaged Research Academy. CERA was an interstitial Black educative space designed to nurture research ethics and research methods literacy among Bronx patients. Guishard has 16-years of experience working in partnership with: young people, parent organizers, environmental justice advocates, and a community-based research ethics review board—on mutually beneficial research partnerships. Lastly, Dr. Guishard is the Northeast Coordinator of the American Psychological Association Division 27, The Society for Community Research and Action.

Dr. Jason Williams
Assistant Professor of Justice Studies
Montclair State University
Interrogating Power Dynamics in Research: Why Black Voices Matter 

Dr. Williams is a critical criminologist who engages in race and justice research. He is a staunch qualitative researcher, grounded in community-based research. He believes in foregrounding marginalized people’s voices and lived experiences as they matriculate institutions of justice (in formal and informal contexts). Dr. Williams’ research interrogates the power dynamics inherent in mainstream research and power dynamics in social institutions. He has published in many areas: policing, citizen reentry, gender, social control, social justice, and philosophical criminology. Some of his recent work has uncovered Black males and women’s plights as they navigate reintegration after incarceration. He has also analyzed narratives from Ferguson and Baltimore surrounding African Americans’ experiences and perspectives with policing. Moreover, he plans to start a project that would include community-based participatory research that contextualizes the narratives of immigrant Middle Eastern and Asian women’s experiences with domestic violence.

Tara L. Conley
Assistant Professor, School of Communication and Media
Montclair State University

Tara L. Conley is an assistant professor in the School of Communication and Media at Montclair State University. Her research centers Black life in the study and exploration of place, media histories, and technoculture. You can learn more about Dr. Conley’s scholarship and multimedia projects by visiting

Nicole A. Cooke
Associate Professor, School of Information Science
University of South Carolina

Dr. Nicole A. Cooke is the Augusta Baker Endowed Chair and an Associate Professor at the School of Information Science, at the University of South Carolina. Her research and teaching interests include human information behavior, fake news consumption and resistance, critical cultural information studies, and equity, diversity, inclusion, and social justice in librarianship. Dr. Cooke was named a Mover & Shaker by Library Journal in 2007, she was awarded the 2016 ALA Equality Award, and she was presented with the 2017 ALA Achievement in Library Diversity Research Award, presented by the Office for Diversity and Literacy Outreach Services. She has also been honored as the Illinois Library Association’s 2019 Intellectual Freedom Award winner in recognition of her work in combating online hate and bullying in LIS, and she was selected as the Association for Library and Information Science Education’s 2019 Excellence in Teaching award winner. Cooke has published numerous articles and book chapters. Her latest books are “Information Services to Diverse Populations” (Libraries Unlimited, 2016) and “Fake News and Alternative Facts: Information Literacy in a Post-truth Era” (ALA Editions. 2018).

Danné E. Davis
Associate Professor, Teaching and Learning
Montclair State University

Danné E. Davis has an earned Ph.D. from Boston College. Her scholarship centers on diversity and inclusion, the arts as pedagogy, and teacher education. These topics inform her many publications, presentations, and workshops. Dr. Davis’ current research involves increasing elementary teacher candidates’ awareness of and responsiveness to LGBTQ+ diversity. Using music and song to teach about the Black experience is another professional focus. Dr. Davis is the recipient of several awards including the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) 2011 G. Pritchy Smith Multicultural Educator of the Year and MSU 2013 Faculty/Staff LGBTQ Ally of the Year. Beyond the classroom, Danné finds joy with elders including her 91-year-old mother, addressing home insecurity, crafting with found objects, and creating assorted delectables.

Ethelene Whitmire
Professor, Department of Afro-American Studies
University of Wisconsin–Madison

Ethelene Whitmire is professor and chair of the Department of Afro-American Studies at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Her first book is Regina Anderson Andrews: Harlem Renaissance Librarian. Her current project examines African Americans in 20th Century Denmark.

Mayida Zaal
Associate Professor, Teaching and Learning
Montclair State University

Mayida Zaal, Ph.D. is an activist, scholar committed to decolonizing methods of research and to collaborating with communities to prepare future teachers. An Associate Professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning at Montclair State University, she leads Red Hawks Rising Teacher Academy, a grow-your-own partnership with Newark Public Schools and the American Federation of Teachers. She previously led the secondary cohort of the Newark-Montclair Urban Teacher Residency. The participatory action research (PAR) collective she co-founded, Reclaiming ME: Muslim Educator, is leading the first national study of K-12 teachers in the U.S. who identify as Muslim. Her research is participatory and centers immigrant communities, minoritized youth, and teachers of color. She is the recipient of many awards and fellowships including awards from the National Science Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the American Association of University Women (AAUW). She serves on the editorial board of the Bank Street Occasional Paper Series and on the AAUW International Fellowships Selection Panel. Dr. Zaal earned her B.A. from Rutgers University in Biological Sciences and Spanish, her M.S. in Educational Leadership from Bank Street College of Education, and her Ph.D. in Urban Education from the Graduate Center at the City University of New York.
Working Group
  • Members:
    • Dr. Doretha Walker, South University
    • Michael Hunt, UMBC
    • Malica Dock, Rutgers University
    • Amy Krenzer, MSU
    • Hila Berger, MSU
  • Objectives:
    • Bring attention and awareness to implicit bias and racism in research design and in ethics review processes
    • Share approaches and documents to assist IRB professionals in addressing Black Lives in research review
    • Share approaches for IRB professional that will assist researchers radically change research design
  • Meeting Monthly
  • For more information email co-chairs: Hila Berger and Doretha Walker
Event Cost

Registration for this event was free – Instead we ask that you consider a donation to one of the following:

  • MSU Student Emergency Fund
    • All donations to the Montclair State Student Emergency Fund will directly support our students as they adapt to changing circumstances through emergency scholarships.
  • MSU Food Pantry
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      The Red Hawk Pantry C/O Sonja Tillman
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