Whether you’re looking for ways to support people of color or are seeking assistance, we are compiling a growing list of videos and resources for the Case Western Reserve community.

Undergraduate student leaders also have compiled a number of resources, available online, and the Graduate Student Council also has created a guide of anti-racism resources.

September Day of Dialogue

Case Western Reserve held its second Day of Dialogue Sept. 17, to advance discussion and action on issues of equity, inclusion and racism. Read a brief recap or watch the first event recording online.

Juneteenth: Conversations on Race, Slavery and Freedom

On June 19, 1865, Union Army Major General Gordon Granger stood in Galveston, Texas, and issued the order declaring “all slaves are free.” As Texas was the last state in the Confederacy to fall, the date of Granger’s declaration has since become known as Juneteenth, recognizing when—2.5 years after the Emancipation Proclamation—all enslaved people were freed.

On Case Western Reserve's Day of Observance, esteemed members of the university community share their perspectives on race, slavery, freedom and so much more.

We hope these conversations and reflections will spur learning, discussion and action.

Introduction to a Conversation on Race, Slavery and Freedom

Please begin your journey with a short welcome from Vice President for the Office for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity Robert L. Solomon.

A Conversation on Race, Slavery and Freedom with Ben Vinson III

Provost Ben Vinson III is an accomplished historian of Latin America, and the recipient of the 2019 Howard F. Cline Book Prize in Mexican History for his book, Before Mestizaje: The Frontiers of Race and Caste in Colonial Mexico. His talk focuses on slavery in Latin America and why almost no modern society lays untouched by slavery’s legacy.

A Conversation on Race, Slavery and Freedom with Noel Voltz

Noel Voltz is an assistant professor of African American History and a scholar of African American and African Diasporic History. Her particular research interests focus on women of color in slavery and freedom in the United States and the Atlantic World. Her talk focuses on the meaning of Juneteenth and her personal connection to this day of celebration.

A Conversation on Race, Slavery and Freedom with Joy R. Bostic

Joy R. Bostic is an associate professor in the Department of Religious Studies and the founding director of the minor in African and African American Studies. Her talk focuses on creativity and freedom in the North American context.

Day of Dialogue Videos

More than 10 events took place during Case Western Reserve's Day of Dialogue June 10. Here, you'll find videos of a few of that day's discussions. Please note: Not all discussions were recorded to promote an open dialogue among participants.

Safety on Campus: Police and Race at Case Western Reserve

While the roles of campus police differ in many respects from those of municipal departments, any university discussion of law enforcement must also address its own public safety operations. In a discussion moderated by School of Law professors, members of the Division of Public Safety respond to questions regarding officer training, campus engagement, and procedures involving use of force.

Addressing Health Disparities

COVID-19 is the latest in a long line of diseases that disproportionately affects black people and other people of color. In a panel discussion moderated by a university alumna, faculty members weigh in on the multifaceted reasons for the major disparities—and discuss what Case Western Reserve’s role could be in helping to improve it.

Think Before You Judge: A Greek Life Inclusion Committee Event

The Greek Life discussion, recorded and available on Zoom, begins around 14:30. Single sign-on to Zoom is required to access the recording.

Screenshot of a presentation slide saying think before you judge: an inclusive committee presentation

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