CHSS RACE Initiative aims to dismantle systemic racism, advance racial justice within college

Friday, February 26, 2021
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The College of Health & Social Sciences’ Reflections and Actions to Create Equity (RACE) Initiative is a college-wide and permanent commitment to dismantling racism systemically in the college and to advancing and embedding racial justice in its teaching, research and service as well as its policies, procedures, and operations. Given the dual challenges of dismantling institutional racism and reimagining a racially just institution, the RACE Initiative is dedicated to a long-term process of institutional transformation and collective struggle towards actualizing our ideals and aspirations.

As an initial step in that direction the RACE Initiative is creating racial Healing Circles that are open to all members of the CHSS community — students, staff and faculty. The Circles are informal spaces for connections, dialogue and support around the role of race and racism in our lives. Input from the College community — in surveys, in the College’s town hall, in focus groups — has been critical in developing these Circles. Find more information on CHSS Healing Circles here.

Visit the RACE Initiative section of the CHSS website for information on its programs, activities and resources to advance and embed racial justice into CHSS.