As campus and community professionals, we often find ourselves at the intersections of social issues that impact both the institutions of higher education and the cities in which they reside. This work becomes more critical when as a nation, we are collectively facing systemic racism, white fragility, civil unrest, and polarizing responses to the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, and Breonna Taylor and countless others who have been killed at the hands of police.
While in the grips of a global pandemic, we have seen first-hand the disproportionate impacts on communities of color. Racism and inequity have gone unchecked and communities of color have paid the price. From inadequate schools, economic disenfranchisement, substandard health care, housing inequity, over-policing, terror and violence inflicted disproportionately on especially Black Americans, every major system is impacted to the detriment of everyone.
Let’s use this call to action as our opportunity to discuss how we can become better advocates for change in our town-gown roles. Through this session, we will cover:
- Institutional/Municipal responses to racial injustice – how are universities and cities taking action?
- Students have been a resounding voice against injustice. How are we listening, guiding and supporting their efforts?
- How are White allies advocating for people of color and what are their critical roles in social justice?
Participants: Ron Jackson, ITGA Past-President – Moderator; Summur Roberts, Director of Community Engagement, Loyola University Chicago, IL; Tony Yarber, Former Mayor, Jackson, MS; Douglas Shontz, Assistant to the Manager, Borough of State College, PA; and other panelists.
This event is free for ITGA members. The Non-member rate is $25.00. If you are not a member, instructions on how to pay will be sent within 48 hours of registration.