ODI Updates

Register for Racial Equity Summit

Posted by Natasha Martin, JD, Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion on Friday, May 7, 2021 at 4:30 PM PDT

Greetings Colleagues,  

Come join the SU community for the University’s first Racial Equity Summit and co-create a space for learning and growing together. In the spirit of our Jesuit values, the summit will include a combination of analysis, reflection, engagement with art and music, and other special additions and new rituals. 

Registration: RSVP Here
(Webinar is nearing capacity, please register ASAP)
Tuesday, May 18, 2021  |  10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. 
*Zoom links will be sent in a separate email based on registration.

Summit Overview:  
The Racial Equity Summit (RES) will offer the opportunity to experience beautiful renditions of song, meet the RES Resident Artist, and hear from colleagues as they “Read Aloud for Truth and Justice,” and discuss allyship for solidarity, and more. Attendees can look forward to an engagement with one of the foremost scholars on race and civil rights, Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow.  Following the keynote conversation, we will hear from university leaders on the commitment to lead for racial equity and antiracism, as well as explore more of what antiracist education can mean led by a faculty colleague and showcasing student work. 

Read what colleagues are saying about the Racial Equity Summit in the recent SU Newsroom Article - Office of Diversity & Inclusion Set to Host University’s First Racial Equity Summit 
Faculty & Staff:  
Please refer to the collaboratively developed Racial Equity Summit Guide led by Holly Slay Ferraro. This guide is a suggested tool to explore racial equity and mass incarceration concepts that undergird the Racial Equity Summit for 2021.  The Lemieux Library has graciously offered a RES Faculty Resources Guide as an additional tool for RES preparation.  
All Attendees:  
We invite all attendees to utilize materials, readings, and recommended media listed in the pre-work section of the Racial Equity Summit webpage.  

As we near the completion of this academic year, many of us are limping to the finish line.  The summit provides an opportunity to share in community, reflect on this consequential year, learn together, and gain inspiration for the work ahead to pursue antiracist education at SU, and create a campus that is inclusively excellent for all.  

In solidarity, 

Natasha Martin, JD 
Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion