University Events & Conference Services

Events & Conference Services

Dialogue on Race and Community

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

3:00 to 5:00 pm, Student Union Ballroom

The entire community is invited on Tuesday, November 19 at 3:00pm in the Student Union Ballroom to continue the discussion of how we grapple with racism on our campus and how we might work together to transform our University to support racial justice. This necessary conversation will allow participants to engage in an honest exchange about how race and racism affects different members of the UConn community and our community as a whole. As we work to create a welcoming UConn for all students, faculty, and staff, we must begin by listening to the diverse and often hidden ways in which race is experienced at UConn.  Our hope is that such listening can lead to understanding, and from understanding can come actions that make UConn a more just, equitable, and inclusive community.

Our gathering will consist of two parts. The first hour will include a moderated dialogue and the sharing of personal stories and perspectives on race, community and confronting racism by 8 members of our community: Elly Daugherty, Dean of Students; Trisha-Ann Hawthorne-Noble, Director of Student Athlete Development; Tom Katsouleas, University President; Kazem Kazerounian, Dean, School of Engineering; Andrew Kim `15, Associate Director, Alumni Relations, CLAS; Avolyn Nieves, Undergraduate Student & USG Outreach Commissioner; Steve Nunez, PhD Candidate, Philosophy; and Mark Overmyer-Velazquez, Department of History & Director, UConn Hartford Campus. This conversation will consist of three rounds: 1. discussion of personal experience of race and racism; 2. discussion of race in society; 3. discussion of what kinds of changes panelists would like to see in order to make UConn a more inclusive and equitable community.

The second hour will consist of individual table dialogues whereby those attending in the audience will go through those same 3 dialogue rounds. There will be individual table facilitators to guide conversation and recorders who will take down what is said in the 3rd round, i.e. participants’ suggestions for change.

This event will be hosted by Glenn Mitoma, Neag/Director of the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, and co-moderated by Dominique Battle-Lawson, Neag, and Brendan Kane/History, Director of the Dodd Center’s Democracy and Dialogues Initiative. We look forward to seeing you there, hearing your voice, and continuing this critical conversation and collective self-reflection.

Attendance for the entire length of event is strongly encouraged. Light refreshments and snacks will be provided.

We are no longer accepting online registrations for this program, however, if you’re interested in attending, please do so. We want to accommodate anyone interested in attending. If you have any additional questions, please email rsvp@uconn.edu or call 860-486-1001.