Provost’s Speaker Series on Systemic Racism
Date: Thursday, November 26, 2020
Time: 9:00 am – 10:30 am PST | 12:00 – 1:30 pm EST
Format: Webinar; the conversation will be followed by a moderated Q&A.
Cost: Free, registration is required
This is the first of a three-part series. The first part features institutional responses; the second will feature indigenous scientists; the third will feature Black scientists.
In the world of science, systemic racism manifests itself in many ways. Addressing systemic racism therefore involves interrogating the fundamental assumptions about what constitutes excellence in scientific scholarship, how the criteria for such excellence is determined, pursued and validated, and how the major institutions support the pursuit of excellence. The current discussions on systemic racism have shone a light on the exclusions that lie beneath these processes and the kind of barriers they pose for racialized members of the academe.
Major institutions and actors involved in the pursuit of scientific scholarship have responded to these discussions in different ways. The speakers will discuss some of the approaches they are taking. Our hope is to learn from each other to better understand how we can all work together to support this endeavor.