On behalf of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion,

Thank You

Heartfelt gratitude to all of those who contributed to making this Summit possible including every participant, panelist, and all those who worked tirelessly behind the scenes including Marquinta Obomanu, Amber Larkin, Victoria Carr-Ware, Morgan Frost, and Laura Knote, just to name a few! This was an ambitious endeavor, which came to fruition through the generosity of all of those who contributed and the nearly 1000 participants in this virtual summit.

Stream of thank yous to Racial Equity Summit Participants

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The Road to Racial Equity Summit

Given this consequential year including the social movement for Black lives after the killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd last May, alongside a pandemic that has had both disproportionate health and economic impacts on communities of color, a contentious election season, followed by a deadly insurrection on our nation’s capital, and the elevated racial violence that continues against various communities of color, it is important to end this academic year with an opportunity to reflect upon the issue of systemic racism as we move to activate our campus around becoming an anti-racist institution. As each passing news cycle seems to reveal, we remain in a racial crisis with an ongoing struggle for a healthy democratic and just society. 

As an institution of higher learning, we must honestly confront the complex forces of structural racism, work to minimize their impact and root them out, and strengthen our institution for the good of all students. 

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Racial Equity Summit Resources


Image: Black top border, white bottom with a clip of people on the right bottom side. TEXT: A University Event, Racial Equity Summit, Save The Date, Tuesday May 18, 2021 with keynote speaker, Michelle Alexander

Seattle University Conversations

Photo of Dr. Benjamin Danielson with text about event

Watch the recording: https://vimeo.com/519293498