Provost A. Scott Weber and Unit Diversity Officers (UDO’s) from UB schools will review the concerns about racial, institutional and social inequities faced by students, faculty, and staff, and discuss constructive, actionable steps to address long-standing issues.
Published July 9, 2020
In recent weeks, broad cross-sections of UB faculty, students, alumni and staff have been meeting to identify collective strategies and action items to address the persistent inequities perpetrated on Black/African American, Indigenous, Hispanic/LatinX, and other People of Color.
These conversations are part of a larger, national reckoning from years of structural racism sparked by the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Such struggles have a long history at UB, and were highly visible in the student protests of the 1960s and 70s, which launched new UB programs, including African American Studies, Puerto Rican Studies, and Native American Studies. Yet despite efforts to advance impactful and sustainable change at UB, barriers to equity remain. How can we move forward together with action now that will accelerate changing the culture at UB and create a university continuously engaged in reflecting on and correcting bias in its policies and practices?
Participants can submit questions before or during the event by texting realtalk to 88202 followed by your question.