The theme is a response to the long history of racial inequality in this country, the current movements for civil rights and Black Lives Matter, and the call felt by students, faculty, staff and administrators to act collectively to address racial justice (represented by campus actions around Black Lives Matter last spring).
Adelphi Community Reads is an initiative of The First-Year Reading Program (overseen by the General Education Committee) and the Collaboration Project. Each year, the committee of faculty, administrators and staff reads, reviews and ultimately recommends a book that will serve both purposes. Campus wide programming related to the book is developed, such as author lectures and master classes. Co-chairs: Bonnie Eissner and Perry Greene.
Conversations on Race works toward raising awareness in regards to race and diversity on campus and in the larger community. It also endeavors to address structural issues of racism, discrimination, and prejudice in its multiple forms wherever we find it. We value inclusiveness within the institution, respect among different groups and we look to create a continuous dialogue between students, staff, administrators, faculty and those affiliated with the University Diversity Committee. Co-chairs: Luda Bryzzheva, Sandra Castro and Devin Thornburg.
The University Diversity Committee is concerned with diversity at Adelphi. The committee promotes awareness of the importance of diversity; provides direction; and serves as a resource and advocate for diversity. A website is in development. Co-chairs: Perry Greene and CarolAnn Daniel.
A Racial Justice Alliance formed in Spring 2015 as a coalition of groups at Adelphi engaged in short and long-term projects focused on a vision for racial justice. The Alliance serves as a vehicle for coordination of initiatives, communication and strategic planning. it seeks to consolidate work currently being engaged by bringing groups together and encouraging collaboration across programs, departments, committees, student organizations and schools. Any academic or non-academic unit, University committee or student organization on campus whose mission aligns with this statement is welcome. Individuals can join Member groups to become involved in related activities. A Steering Committee was elected of faculty, students, staff and administrators. Contact these faculty members for more information or if your Unit or Committee wants to become involved: Diana Feige and Devin Thornburg.
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