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Perspectives on race and ethnicity in Africa and the Diaspora

Public Dialogue Series


Virtual Event
Wednesday, May 12, 2021
8:00am-9:30am EDT



Co-hosts: MSU African Studies Center, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and the Department of African American and African Studies

Racism and other longstanding inequities have prompted a global outcry against racial injustice. This dialogue will focus specifically on the nature and responses to racial injustice in Africa and the diaspora in the US, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean. A panel of higher education leaders and scholars will share their perspectives and responses in a frank discussion of the ways in which higher education institutions may unknowingly perpetuate structural racism, the current state of global race relations and its role in increasing racist actions, and what should be done to create meaningful change.

We will examine issues that affect diaspora populations, as well as the legacies of apartheid and how they play out in the context of university policy priorities. We will also look at how faculty and students at universities are being prepared to address race and ethnicity issues in and outside the classroom and the ways in which we must meaningfully ensure student voices and advocacy are part of the solution in institutional change.

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