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Sep 17, All Day
Lecture or Speaker

Common Ground-Discussing Ibram Kendi's How to Be an Antiracist

Common Ground will present a panel discussion on Thursday, September 17, 3:20 - 4:10. Over the summer, 75 members of our community participated in discussions of Ibram X. Kendi's How to Be an Antiracist. Panelists will share what they learned from the experience. Email Deb Ohara ( to receive a zoom invitation for this event.

Back in June, the President’s Committee on Diversity issued a statement of compassion and support for the social movement which has emerged as a counter to the devaluation of Black and Brown lives in our society.  Part of the resolution (signed by 132 members of our community) that was issued along with that statement included this pledge: 

We, the faculty and staff, as your teachers, mentors, and fellow members of the Alfred University community . . . [c]ommit ourselves to inclusive education - which means actively and consistently confronting injustice in our classrooms (whether through the content we teach or the environment we create) and continuing to educate ourselves personally and professionally. 

Over the summer, as part of that effort to educate ourselves, 75 members of our community participated in a reading group, supported by the Office of the Provost, discussing Ibram X. Kendi’s How to Be an Antiracist.  Participants met six times in small groups to explore their own biases and to think about ways we can improve our university and community. 

Some participants in this summer reading program will share the impact that these reading groups had on them.  Please join us to hear about transformations big and small as we continue our efforts to make AU a more inclusive community.

Email Deb Ohara to receive a Zoom invitation for this event.