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.
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.
Community Response Resources
- New Era of Public Safety: An Advocacy Toolkit for Fair, Safe, and Effective Community Policing (PDF): The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights
- Ten Ways to Fight Hate: A Community Response Guide: Southern Poverty Law Center
- Safety During Protest (PDF): Amnesty International
- Protesters’ Rights: American Civil Liberties Union
- Cleveland Police Settlement Agreement (PDF) and Most Recent Monitoring Report
- University Health and Counseling Services: On-call counseling available 24/7 at 216.368.5872
- Office of Multicultural Affairs: Get in touch with a staff member Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. at 216.368.2904
- Dean of Students: Contact the Dean of Students' office Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. at 216.368.1527
- Office for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity: Reach out to the office Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. at 216.368.8877
- Social Justice Institute: Learn more on the institute's website or by calling 216.368.7568
- Flora Stone Mather Center for Women: Get information on their website or call 216.368.0985
National and Local Organizations
- US Department of Justice Civil Rights Division
- ACLU of Ohio
- Urban League of Greater Cleveland
- The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights
- Southern Poverty Law Center
- How to Be an Antiracist
- I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness
- White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism
- Between the World and Me
- So You Want to Talk About Race