It is important to listen, learn, and engage in conversations around issues of systemic racism. But what’s needed most is concrete action. We must move beyond our words and take proactive steps to examine our individual biases, rethink existing systems and structures, and implement plans for a more equitable future. Following are a list of upcoming events and ways to get involved in this work on campus.
- CUMU Learning and Sharing Virtual Series
This series of community conversations, best practices, lightning sessions, workshops, and panel discussions brings together Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU) members, their community partners, and some of the strongest national voices on critical topics for three months of connecting, sharing, and learning. The series kicked off on Sept. 25 and ends Dec. 9.
Numerous sessions engage topics related to race, inequality, and social justice. View the full calendar here.
- CACE 2021
This theme for this year’s Virtual Conference in African American and African Diaspora Cultures and Experiences (CACE) is “The Year of the Black Woman.” The conference centers the voices, experiences, and stories of Black women to consider health and wellness, social justice, education, environmentalism, performance and representation, media and memory, girlhood and family, gender and sexuality, voting rights and activism, and the systemic racism that pervades these areas of expression, identity and rights.
The conference will take place Feb. 24-25 via Zoom. The deadline for abstract submissions is Dec. 14. Please send a 150 word abstract and a 50 word bio, including name, presentation title, major/discipline, and university affiliation to email@example.com as a word document or a DPF file with the subject name “CACE 2021 Abstract.”
University Libraries – Black Lives Matter
In unity with our Black, Indigenous, and People of Color communities we offer you these resources.
- Triad Black Lives Matter Protest Collection
The purpose of the Triad Black Lives Matters Collection is to document the BLM movement, police brutality protests, and race relations in the Triad area of North Carolina. The collection contains digital photographs and video footage relating to the Black Lives Matter movement and the George Floyd protests.
Collecting for the project is ongoing, and the archive is particularly interested in photographs, video, protest signs, clothing, flyers, posters, creative works, etc. Additionally, the archive would like to document local organizations involved with the movement. The material can be historic, originating with the founding of the movement, as well as current. Physical and digital material can be accepted into the collection.
- Anti-Racist Resource Guide
This document was created for use as as a resource for anyone looking to broaden their understanding of anti-racism and who want to get involved to combat racism, specifically as it relates to anti-Blackness and police violence. Within this guide, you will find a variety of resources to explore practical ways to understand, explain, and solve seemingly intractable problems of racial inequity, white supremacy, police violence, and injustice.
- Office of Intercultural Engagement
The Office of Intercultural Engagement (OIE) creates and delivers co-curricular programs to bring all students together for the purpose of deepening and broadening awareness, knowledge and skill around identity, culture, and our interconnected fate. As a unit within the Division of Student Affairs, OIE contributes to the academic mission of UNC Greensboro by collaborating with various campus and community partners to complement and advance institutional goals for diversity, equity, and inclusion.
- UNCG Libraries – “Don’t Want to Ask”
This guide is designed to provide meaningful and helpful resources to anyone with questions about material regarding subjects that may be private or otherwise uncomfortable to talk about.
- We Here – Black Lives Matter
Libraries have played a major role in the white racial project of this country. We do not have the luxury of ignoring what is happening because it is happening to us, our family members and loved ones. So we write to you today urging everyone to continue educating yourselves, make a donation, sign a petition, call politicians, and begin a discussion with your fellow staff members. We’ve pulled together a few places you can take action. There are many more, so think of these as a starting place.
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If you know of an upcoming event or a way to take action, let us know.