Faculty symposium to explore anti-racism research, scholarship


The Faculty Symposium on Anti-Racism Research & Scholarship at the University Michigan will take place Jan. 30-31 in the Michigan League Ballroom on the Ann Arbor campus.

Faculty members and postdoctoral fellows at U-M are invited to the two-day symposium to learn about innovative, interdisciplinary anti-racism research and scholarship, discuss research development resources and funding, and connect with colleagues from different fields of study.

The symposium will include multiple sessions featuring presentations by faculty on their anti-racism research, dedicated time to interact with faculty colleagues, and allow for discussion about research development resources.

Provost Laurie McCauley, Tabbye Chavous, vice provost for equity and inclusion and chief diversity officer, and Rebecca Cunningham, vice president for research, will provide remarks at the event.

The symposium also will feature a lunchtime conversation moderated by Chavous on how to support anti-racism scholars. In addition to Cunningham, panelists include:

  • DuBois Bowman, dean of the School of Public Health and professor of biostatistics.
  • Anne Curzan, LSA dean and professor of English language and literature, linguistics, and education.
  • Carlos Francisco Jackson, dean and professor in the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design.
  • Elizabeth Moje, dean and professor in the School of Education.

The event is hosted by the Office of the Vice President for Research, Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and the Anti-Racism Collaborative at U-M’s National Center for Institutional Diversity.

A universitywide focus on anti-racism research and scholarship was launched in 2021 through the Anti-Racism Collaborative as part of the provost’s anti-racism initiative. A two-year Anti-Racism Grants program also was launched and brought forward by OVPR in partnership with NCID.

The two efforts’ shared goals include fostering innovative and interdisciplinary research that promote racial justice and racial equity, supporting a community of anti-racism scholars, and amplifying the anti-racism research expertise among U-M faculty and researchers.

Event organizers said the symposium’s content and structure were designed to bring together those who seek to challenge systemic racism through research and scholarship, address systemic racism from intersectional perspectives or other disciplinary fields of study, and engage in dialogue around institutional support for faculty.

The event’s webpage says organizers hope the symposium “will bolster and catalyze innovative research and scholarship efforts among U-M faculty to address systemic racism and work toward a more racially equitable and just society.”

Designed to build a sense of community and reduce disciplinary silos among anti-racism researchers, the symposium aims to allow members of the community to share examples of innovative, interdisciplinary anti-racism research and scholarship.

Participants are required to register for the symposium by Jan. 18. Beverages and refreshments also will be available.

Recordings of the sessions will be edited for length and made available online after the symposium.


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