Vice Provost Susie Brubaker-Cole announced the new campus initiative, “Education Against Racial Hatred,” in response to a number of incidents of racial hatred, aggression and violence here in the United States and internationally, and the appearance of a noose on our campus this summer. Cole, a group of students, faculty and administrators are collaborating on this effort:

  • to provide more opportunities for community education about racism in our country and on our campus, recognizing that education is only one of multiple systemic changes necessary and underway; and
  • to give voice to the diversity on our campus and to dedicate our time and efforts toward amplifying that voice.

Four events stemming from the collaboration will take place over the next three months. Administrators, faculty, staff and students are encouraged to make attending these events a priority.

Nov. 7 – Film Screening: Harriet – Learn more

Nov. 8 opening – Project 562, a multi-year project “to  visit, engage and photograph all 562 plus Native American sovereign territories in the United States.”  Opening November 8 in the Old Union Clubhouse Cardinal Room, the exhibit features excerpts from Matika Wilbur’s “Natural Wanderment: Stewardship, Sovereignty, and Sacredness” series. The exhibit will remain open through January, and all are encouraged to visit.

Nov. 21 –Experience Sankofa Project, an innovative art exhibit that combines installation art with history, will create an interactive timeline of African and American history in Tresidder Memorial Union on November 21. For more information, please contact Assistant Vice Provost and Executive Director of Inclusion and Diversity Education Dereca Blackmon at

Jan. 25, 2020 (11am-4pm, location TBD) – “Hacking Hate” – a student-organized hack-a-thon in which participating teams will research and propose innovative ways to address racial hate and violence on and off campus. The offices of the president and provost will provide winning teams with funding and resources to implement their proposals. Registration information will be released in late November. To learn more, please contact Associate Vice Provost for Inclusion, Community and Integrative Learning Emelyn dela Peña at


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