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Reframing Racial Justice: A discussion on Plantation Politics, Neoracism, and Critical Race Tempered Radicalism

Champaign , USA

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Dr. Dian Squire will talk at the Illini Union on Dec. 1, 2016, as part of the Dean's Diversity Series.

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Dr. Dian Squire

In a neoliberal era with heightened racial tension, universities must examine the ways that they not only include communities of color, but fundamentally reshape their organizations to support the holistic learning and development of that growing racial campus diversity.  In the wake of material instances of white supremacy, it is no longer acceptable to provide statements of support, minor policy changes, or conduct another campus climate survey.  The evidence is clear; U.S. colleges and universities are built upon historical roots of racism and white supremacist normativity and they need to be changed. Through the exploration of three frameworks, Dr. Dian Squire will help students, faculty, and staff work toward racial justice.  Attendees will leave with a "toolbox" to (re)frame the way that they examine 1) current institutional organizations as shaped by their white supremacist histories, 2) international graduate admissions infused with neoracist and neoliberal action, and 3) student, faculty, and staff of color campus activism solidarity as dissolved by white supremacist racial wedge. By exploring the formation of universities and providing two contemporary manifestations of whitenessy, one can more easily name and deconstruct oppressive systems in order to reconstruct just and liberatory opportunities.

Dean's Diversity Lecture Series