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Minding the Gap: The Distance between Compositional Diversity and Institutional Transformation

Champaign , USA

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Dr. Dafina-Lazarus Stewart will speak at the Illini Union on Dec. 2, 2016, as part of the Dean's Diversity Lecture Series.

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Dr. D-L Stewart

In the last three academic years, colleges and universities across the nation have been in the news as student demands from racially minoritized students, particularly Black students and their accomplices, have gone viral through social media channels.  This current generation of Black student activism is calling for direct actions, tangible outcomes, and greater institutional accountability for creating and sustaining campus environments that are both more diverse and more inclusive.  Despite pledges to increase the numbers of faculty, staff, and students of color, sizeable commitments of dollars, and some notable gains in the racial and ethnic diversity of certain parts of campus, incidents of racial microaggressions against minoritized faculty, staff, and students continue.  In this public lecture, Dr. Dafina-Lazarus Stewart will call attention to the gap between focusing attention on compositional diversity and actually doing the work necessary to foment and sustain institutional transformation toward greater racial justice. 

Dean's Diversity Lecture Series