“Refreshing and Unshakable”: Regin Jean-Charles, BC, goes northeast

Regin Jean-Charles, who spent 13 years at Boston College as a professor, consultant, and co-worker, was promoted to full-time professor at Northeast University this summer.

Jean-Charles first came to BC after receiving his PhD in 2008. From Harvard University.

“I remember when she was first hired as a new PhD outside Harvard. It was full of energy and enthusiasm, ”said Akuwa Sar, a professor of undergraduate studies. We were so happy to see her and she never lost that energy that came to us.

Jean-Charles taught first-year complex issues the course “#blacklivesmatter memet #metoo: Violence and representation in the African Diaspora” with Professor Shawan McGufey, an associate professor of social science and studies at the African and African Diaspora (AADS). She taught the Paris Noir Summer Course and various lectures on black femininity, rape culture, and the African Diaspora franchise.

The #BlackLivesMatter and #MeToo course is embroiled in racial and gender-based violence in the United States and the African Diaspora. The two professors also brought in filmmakers, activists and writers to educate their students, said Jean-Charles.

The students performed in classrooms at laboratories such as the Boston Rape Crisis Center, the Hathian Women’s Association in Boston, and working with violent organizations in Boston. Other students conducted social studies and built a wall that could be found in the ADS office.

Jean-Charles: “I think the most powerful thing in that class is to get a group of first-year students to take care of a personal subject for many. We know the statistics from college campuses and one in five survivors of rape and so it is really personal to people.

Talea Pierre Lewis, president of the L’Association Haïtienne / Haitian Association Club in BC, said she was deeply hurt by Jean-Charles’s teaching on black topics. Pierre-Louis, MCAS, and Lynch 22, as well as Jean-Charles’s primary research assistant.

“It’s still one of my favorite classes at Boston College,” said Pierre-Louis. I know students who took her class and at least were able to express their ideas, and let people realize their differences in many things, which is not uncommon, especially in places like BC.

Burt Howell, chief of staff at the crossroads, said Jane Charles’ education was “deeply ingrained” in her study.

“How and when does she teach writing about Haitian literature, black feminism, violence against women, and racism?” Introduces ethical standards for classroom work by helping students develop their knowledge as they grow in knowledge.

Jean-Charles was not only an influential teacher, Pierre-Louis, but also a loving counselor who gave priority to the well-being of his teacher.

Art History and AADS Assistant Professor Kirah Daniel, Jean Charles, explains how you can be a lawyer for your student.

“I think one of the things I enjoy most is that she doesn’t tell her students what to oppose, but she wants to encourage safety, the creation of safe spaces, and the power to take action. . ”

Daniel said that Jean-Charles’s response to racism Occurred An example of this type of counseling service last year on the MLE floor. Following the events, ASAS held a listening session on the MLE floor where residents spoke and conveyed their concerns.

Jean Charles felt that they could not describe their own version of events during the listening session, so he told them to write their stories and help them connect with the local media.

“That is a great example for me,” says Daniel.

When she left for Christmas, Jean-Charles said she encouraged her caregivers to continue using their voices in times of frustration and frustration.

“They are very upset and upset with the administration. This is their response,” he said [I would say] ‘What should be the response?’ She said. “That’s really his job. His mission is to use our resources, tools, creativity, and our imagination to imagine a more just, safer world.

Jean-Charles cited a number of reasons for his move to Northeastern University, including his supportive culture and leadership opportunities that come with the title of “full professor.”

“Everyone said, ‘Northeast is very efficient and smart and you can run with it if you have a good idea.’ I like the idea of ​​being where your ideas are really valued and financially supported.

The move is also a promotion – the position of full professor is the highest level a North East professor can have.

“The numbers are crazy with black women, 2 percent of all professors in the United States are black women,” she said. There is a lot of power in the university, so if I want to be a dean or a provo one day, it’s good to have that full professor.

As faculty and students mourn Jean-Charles’ departure, many express their joy at the opportunities offered in her new position.

“I am very happy to be working with Regin,” said James Kennan, vice president of international engagement. “Fun” is not a term used by the faculty to describe their colleagues, but in its process there is a joie-de-vivre That was refreshing and unpredictable. ”

Howell said he longed to see Jean-Charles in the courtyard.

“I will never stop learning from her,” said Howell. Her new position provides an important platform for influencing public opinion.

Grass expressed similar ideas.

“It’s really bitter – it’s a big loss for our community and selfishly, I hate to see her go,” she said. But, on the other hand, this is a wonderful opportunity and a great career for Regin.

Now, in the year 33 CE, Jean-Charles expressed hope that the university community would not lose hope in its fight to end racial injustice.

For example, he said, students should continue to fight to build an anti-racism institution or campus.

“It may not be in four years, but guess what, it could still happen in six years,” she said. So you just have to think about your own needs, but think about building for future generations.

“Think about a long game, I think I want them to guess,” said Jean-Charles.

Featured Graphics by Olivia Charbonone / Height Editor

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