Friday Forums on Racism in Higher Education

the Friday Forums on Racism in Higher Education ended for the fall 2021 semester, but that doesn’t mean you can’t catch up on what you missed and save the dates for spring.

This is the second academic year of Friday Forums, national conversations hosted by Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) at the University of Utah. Each month, hundreds of people from Utah and beyond tune into virtual roundtables with thought leaders from across the country.

The first three Friday Forums of the 2021-22 academic year focused on lead with fairness, shared capital leadership and embrace discomfort to lead change. Panelists so far this year have included Jelani Cobb, Estela Bensimon, Amy Necklace, Dilip Das, Elizabeth Holcombe, Eddie Cole, Kristin Esterberg and Paulette Granberry Russell.

Moderators are invited from across the University of Utah campus. The first three moderators this fall were Mary Ann Villarreal, Vice President for EDI; Franki Santos Laanan, associate dean for faculty and student affairs at the College of Education and professor; and Charmelle Green, assistant athletic director and chief operating officer for Utah Athletics.

Following the main panel, participants are invited to select a breakout session to deepen anti-racism conversation and work.

EDI first launched Friday Forums in September 2020 as part of its collective call to action for truth, healing, and building an anti-racism campus. The forums are a commitment to the state and region to elevate national conversations and showcase disruptive models of complicit racism. Each session welcomes national thought leaders to lead discussions and provide participants with opportunities to share ideas on actionable elements towards a diverse, equitable and inclusive campus.

Friday Forums resumes on January 28, 2022 with “The Power of Belonging”. In February the conversation will focus on how to close the equity gaps and in March the topic will be EDI in promotion and tenure.

Learn more about Friday forums and watch past sessions here.

Harry L. Blanchard