Upcoming Events

The Center for Diversity Innovation offers special events aimed at increasing awareness and mobilizing members of our communities to act in ways that promote racial equity and social justice. Events feature prominent figures from academia, the arts, and the applied diversity, equity, and inclusion domain. Most events are free and open to all. See individual events for details.

  • 1/28/21
    Freedom on the Move (FOTM) is an open access crowdsourced database project aimed at transcribing and coding thousands of advertisements placed by enslavers and jailors for fugitives from American slavery. Often called runaway ads, these important primary sources are a rich record of enslaved people’s resistance and American slavery’s cruelty. 
  • 2/22/21
    Dr. Mishuana Goeman will address best practices and the primary tools involved in two projects. Mapping Indigenous LA aims to uncover the multiple layers of indigenous Los Angeles through storymapping with tribal Nations, Indigenous youth, community leaders, and elders from Indigenous communities throughout the city of Los Angeles to tell the muti-layered stories of placemaking. This collaborative research makes visible the rich Indigenous identities and histories that are often hidden within other racial formations yet deeply embedded in place through tools such as ArcGIS, Timemap, and Mukurtu. MILA tells a story of Los Angeles that looks at the relationship between people, place, and the environment. COAH (Carrying Our Ancestors Home) focuses on the process and diversity of returning ancestral remains and cultural items from museums to First Peoples and the impact of such repatriation on Indigenous communities, in part through digital story (Mukurtu and Nightlabs). An important teaching tool in American Indian Studies, archaeology, anthropology, and cultural material classes as it uniquely presents tribal voices.
  • 2/22/21
    A free screening of Chris Rock's docu-comedy "Good Hair!"  This documentary interrogates America's beauty fixation in an insightful way. Join us as we watch Good Hair together. There will be a follow-up open forum to discuss the film on Friday, February 26th at 5:30 pm, facilitated by Dr. Githuku.
  • 2/22/21
    The East African nation of Kenya is patently a house of mlungula—that is, a kleptocracy where both the government and society are imbued by corruption and runaway greed. Indeed, corruption so permeates society like an unavoidable hydra that scarcely leaves anyone untouched or unaffected. The unwritten code is expressed in the African proverb, “the goat eats where it’s tethered.” It is, therefore, not surprising to find corruption and the “trading of favors,” bakshish, among lawmakers; among revenue collection officials; among parents, teachers and students in schools and universities; among doctors, nurses and staff in hospitals; in corridors of justice among judges and magistrates; and even in the so-called “disciplined armed forces” including the police etc.
  • 2/10/21
    The Space In Between at 431 Ellicott will be subverted into an art media lab/studio where immigrants, first-generation Americans are invited to collaborate in the process of creating Àdápé while sharing their stories. Àdápé is a part of an on-going project, The Republic of Unknown Territory. This multimedia installation/performance project interrogates notions of border control and immigration.
  • 2/5/21
    How do we serve transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming students better? Join trans activist, writer, and UB Distinguished Visiting Scholar Eli Clare to answer this question. We will explore issues around language, pronouns, names, restrooms, harassment, housing, and more, focusing on both policy and practice.
  • 2/16/21
    Convened by Dr. Patricia A. Matthew, dialogues are scheduled for March 10th, March 24th, April 14th, and April 21st. Please see each session description and click on a session date to register.
  • 1/27/21
    In their highly praised new book, From Here to EqualityDr. William Darity Jr. and Ms. A. Kirsten Mullen confront racial injustices head-on and make the most comprehensive case to date for economic reparations for U.S. descendants of slavery. After opening the book with a stark assessment of the intergenerational effects of white supremacy on black economic well-being, Darity and Mullen look to both the past and the present to measure the inequalities borne of slavery. Using innovative methods that link monetary values to historical wrongs, they next assess the literal and figurative costs of justice denied in the 155 years since the end of the Civil War. Finally, Darity and Mullen offer a detailed roadmap for an effective reparations program, including a substantial payment to each documented U.S. black descendant of slavery.
  • 2/17/21
    Come together to think deeply about the need to transform schools into "Beloved Communities" grounded in the "5 Cs:" Care, Courage, Critical Reflection, Commitment, and Community.  Two days of sessions featuring keynote speakers: