Equity in Action: Cultivating Antiracist Universities

One-day Virtual Conference, Monday, April 26, 9 AM to 4:45 PM CST

On Monday, April 26, 2021, the University of St. Thomas’s Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI) will host its inaugural one-day conference, Equity in Action: Cultivating Antiracist Universities, focused on building and sustaining antiracist educational institutions. 

In the morning session Professor Ibram X. Kendi, acclaimed historian and bestselling author of How to Be an Antiracist, will deliver a keynote, followed by facilitated small group dialogues. The day will also feature relevant artistic performances.  Attendees will then be invited to engage in discussions in breakout sessions and to take meaningful actions. In the afternoon attendees will attend a series of workshops of their choosing. The day will close with a Call to Action.

Conference Learning Goals

A. To foster self-awareness with specific attention to racism and its manifestation in whiteness. 

B. To explore the structural dimensions of racism within institutions of higher education, referencing the University of St. Thomas, as they have operated historically and contemporarily.  

C. To integrate theory and practice of antiracism work through dialogue about life experience, research and practice.  

D. To advance anti-racist community building. 

E. To build conference participants’ confidence in being changemakers committed to actions that promote equity building and relationship healing in our communities.

The Conference will begin in...