Addressing Racism and Structural Inequity in America


 
In the wake of George Floyd’s killing last summer, the nation and, indeed, the world have galvanized to call attention to police brutality and racist practices against African Americans. But is that enough? What needs to be done next? And, more specifically, what can higher education do to facilitate lasting change?

Join in on this passionate conversation among national experts and scholar-practitioners who offer creative ideas and solutions on how to best address education, campus, and police reform.
 
KEY POINTS / MAIN TAKEAWAYS:

  • The leaders of today and the future: Generation Z.
  • Institutional barriers – how to create a safe space for students to lead.
  • The need to move from climate study to climate action.
  • How do we forge better relationships between colleges and universities?
  • Dr. Southern’s personal pledge to disrupt systemic racism as a White male.
  • Thoughts on the new wave of ‘philanthropic dollars.’
  • How to improve relationships between campus police and minoritized communities.
  • Suggestions for strategies to better our community.
  • The challenge of hiring people of color.
  • What you can do to change the climate on your campus.

 
QUOTABLES:
 
“These institutions of higher learning are where we cultivate the new activists and change agents of the future.”

“If you are confining your students to their gates, then you’re doing them a disservice. They need to be making sure that they’re impacting the community around them.”

“We have to work together, as you have been doing in Diverse Issues and other venues, to make sure that we are preparing minoritized people to be ready to not just survive in the academy, but to thrive in the academy.”
 
PRODUCTS / RESOURCES MENTIONED:
 
What Role Should Higher Education Play in Combating Racism? Read the article here: https://diverseeducation.com/article/181962/

Hrabowski: Reversing Structural Racism at Higher Ed Institutions Starts with Equity. Read the article here:
https://diverseeducation.com/article/195739/

Racism in Higher Education: Why HBCUs Are a Safe Choice in 2020. Read the article here: https://diverseeducation.com/article/181095/

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