An academic festival and conference addressing topics around race, equity and other social issues will be presented by the Race on Campus Collective of the Johnston Center for Integrative Studies at the University of Redlands April 28-29 on the main campus. Now in its third year, the event will bring together students from the U of R and campuses across California to present activist, academic, and creative work. The program will include facilitated panels and activities, a keynote panel, music performances, art, and an open mic.
Race on Campus was started in the spring of 2016 as a response to national conversations around racial inequalities in higher education. Now known as the Race on Campus Collective, the group is student-run and organizes the conference in a spring-term class seeking to create intellectual, artistic, and activist community among undergraduate students in California. About 120 attendees include students from the University of Redlands, California State University, Monterey Bay; Hartnell College; University of San Francisco; University of California, Los Angeles; University of California, Davis; California State University, San Marcos; Vanguard University, Saddleback College; Scripps College; University of California, Riverside; University of La Verne, California State University, San Bernardino; and California State University, Los Angeles.
Panel topics include: Black Student Centers: the Last Space for Politics; Intersectional Experiences of Queer and First Generation Students; Complexities of Intersectional Black Identities; Finding your Home: A Deeper Look into Liminal Spaces; (Dream)ing in Higher Education; Safe Spaces: Purpose and Caution of Self-Marginalization; Lies Student Affairs Told Me: the Colonized Campus; Racial Consciousness and Radical Compassion; Gun Reform Movement and Intersectionality; Dance and the Intangible Heritage of the Body, and more.
Photo: Coco McKown, 2016 Race on Campus event