Racial Equity Challenge: February 2018
Given the events of August 11 and August 12, the Diversity Action Committee is proudly sponsoring a Racial Equity Challenge this February*. We invite all of you to take part in the challenge, making use of the many resources, opportunities and events at our disposal to better understand and act upon issues of racial equity. We encourage you to use this opportunity to stretch yourself to explore new ideas and actions about racial equity during the month of February. There are lots of ways to do this, here’s a sample:
blogs, articles, books
movies, TED Talks, documentaries, videos
observe interpersonal dynamics, media
participate in a conversation about race
follow organizations & activists on social media, join an organization
stand up for racial equity by advocating for policy change
take time to reflect through writing or conversation; consider other perspectives
At the end of February, we will send you a short survey to get a snapshot of how our community engaged in the challenge. Participate as much as you can! Through the survey, you’ll have the option for public recognition via Curry LCD screens and/or the DAC website.
*We encourage you to always work towards racial equity, not just in February; however, if we don’t actively bring it to our attention it is easy to let slide. So, in February we’ll send weekly emails to keep you engaged—practice and intention can help build a lifelong habit!
Where To Begin?
Here is just a sample of activities and resources- including several Curry events! Do you know of other events or opportunities that would be relevant to the Racial Equity Challenge? Please email DAC member Blaire Cholewa (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will add them to our weekly email update.
Racial Equity Challenge Websites
Upcoming Curry Events In February
February 21: Film Screening
Watch "I'm not Racist...Am I?" Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 6pm in Holloway Hall. Screening will be facilitated by SEEDS4Change
University Events in February
“Eyes on Racism & Activism in the Media”, Tuesday, February 20, 3PM Auditorium of the Harrison Institute/Small Special Collections Library
Excellence Through Diversity Distinguished Learning Series: Michelle Alexander; Feb 27, 6PM, Old Cabell Hall
Office of American Affairs: Black History Month Events (multiple events, dates, & locations)
Carter G. Woodson Center: Creative Responses to #Charlottesville (multiple events, dates, & locations)
Latin American Studies: Afro-Cuban Activisms February 23, 5PM, Minor Hall
Upcoming Community Events in February
Black History Month Exhibits at the Virginia Museum of Fine Art in Richmond
Memories Matter: Community History Fair; Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, Feb 17, 10am-2pm
Hemings Family Tour and Slavery Tour at Monticello (daily, see website for details)
Jefferson-Madison Regional Library Black History Month 2018: African Americans in Times of War (multiple events, dates, & locations)