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Labels: Limiting or Leveraging?

January 31 @ 5:30 pm - 7:15 pm

Students and community members discuss issues in Storer Ballroom at Shepherd University

Who should attend?
Members of the local community; alumni; students, staff, and faculty; friends and family members of students, staff, and faculty

A Community Engagement Conversation

This Stubblefield Institute Community Engagement Conversation continues the Stubblefield Institute’s series of discussions addressing root causes of hate-based violence.  Prior to the moderated panel discussion, audience members will have an opportunity to participate in small group conversations.  The discussion will be about the power of labels.  When are labels barriers? When are they stepping stones? What is the place of labels in political discussions?


Tanya Dallas Lewis  PROGRAM UPDATE

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Staff Development and Title IX Coordinator, Jefferson County Schools

Tanya Dallas Lewis is the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Staff Development and Title IX Coordinator in the Department of Cultural Unity & Equity at Jefferson County Schools. She is honored to have initiated Jefferson County’s first Culturally Responsive Math Program, Black Men Read Project, Hispanic/Latino Association, and a Young Men of Excellence Program. Tanya is also the founder of their Cultural Unity and Equity Summer Ambassador Program, and associations for Black teachers, Hispanic Latino students, and Black students. Dallas Lewis is a George Mason University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Speech Communication (Television Broadcast and Production). She is currently enrolled at Wheeling University. With 12 years in education, Tanya served as a 7th grade Language Arts teacher at Martinsburg South Middle School in Berkeley County, West Virginia where she founded and coached the only elementary and middle school step teams in her district. She also directed an all-boys special event choir that performed at the school and community wide. Under the leadership of the Deputy Superintendent of Equity and Inclusion, Tanya facilitated cultural proficiency trainings and co-founded the South Middle School Culture Club to assist with coordinating and planning school-wide assemblies and events to honor and recognize achievements of members of marginalized groups. For over 10 years, Tanya also worked freelancing for television stations including FOX 5, NBC 4, WUSA 9 and PAX/Ion Television. Tanya is an award-winning billboard artist and vocal musician/singer/songwriter who has been recognized on the 2018 and 2019 first round Grammy ballots for her contributions in Gospel music. In 2010, her music video ”Something About A Miracle” received over 100,000 viral views on YouTube and ReverbNation, airing heavily on the radio, BET (Black Entertainment Network), the Gospel Music Channel, and VH1 Music.  Tanya considers herself a ‘full-time laugher’ and ‘boy mamma’ because she considers it a privilege to mother her two sons.  

Margarita Garrido-Cortes

Housing Program Coordinator, Telamon 

Ms. Garrido-Cortes has proudly called West Virginia her home for more than 35 years. As the Housing Program Coordinator for the Mid-Atlantic and a HUD Certified Housing Counselor, Maggie brings a wealth of experience in connecting with the Eastern Panhandle community. As part of the Telamon team, she has served in different capacities, from 211 operator to Resource Coordinator providing emergency assistance, to Housing Counselor contributing to Telamon’s housing and financial empowerment team, and as Housing Program Coordinator since 2021. Maggie’s mission aligns with Telamon’s goal of empowering under-served populations through education and fostering self-sufficiency. With a career spanning over 15 years dedicated to the people of West Virginia, Maggie’s motto remains, “I am here for the people.”

Dr. Lindsey Levitan

Associate Professor of Social & Applied Behavioral Sciences, Shepherd University 

Dr. Levitan currently serves as the Psychology Research Exposure Coordinator and the Psychology Club faculty advisor. Before joining the faculty of Shepherd University, she was an assistant professor of political science at Stony Brook University. Dr. Levitan received her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Chicago. Her research is in the area of social influence, particularly examining the social roots of political attitudes and behavior as well as prejudice. Her research has appeared in journals such as Political Behavior, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, The Journal of Politics, and Political Psychology. She was recognized by Shepherd University as the Outstanding Teacher of 2021.


Hans Fogle

Executive Director of University Communications, Shepherd University 

Hans Fogle grew up in the Eastern Panhandle. After graduating from Shepherd University, he began a career in broadcasting in Petersburg. He returned home to become the news director for WEPM radio in Martinsburg, expanding that role to two other stations in the cluster, WLTF and WICL, and became the host of a local interest talk show, Panhandle Live. He has also worked for Hospice of the Panhandle and as Public Information Officer for Jefferson County Schools. He begins his new position with Shepherd University on February 1.

Tickets are available now!

The event is free, but seating is limited.  Get your free tickets on Eventbrite.

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Labels – Limiting or Leveraging?

Plenty of parking for the Student Center in lots A & C

Arrive after 4:00 p.m. to park in these student lots.

Remote and Virtual Options

Listen Live

We hope you can attend in person.  But if you can’t attend, you can still listen to the panel discussion, “Limiting power of labels: barriers or stepping stones?”.

The  panel discussion will be broadcast live on WEPM 93.7 FM, WCST 93.5 FM, and online at

Post-event video access

After the event, find the recording on YouTube.
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Thank you to our partners:

West Virginia Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities’ initiative, United We Stand: Connecting Through Culture.

Thank you to our sponsors:

Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation

Skinner Accident and Injury Lawyers

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January 31
5:30 pm - 7:15 pm
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Student Center – Storer Ballroom
Storer Ballroom, 210 N King St
Shepherdstown, WV 25443 United States
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