The enduring impact of racism and hatred is manifesting itself throughout our nation. George Floyd’s unjustified death under police custody in Minneapolis on May 25 set in motion nationwide protests that amplify the gross historical injustices and inequities in the United States. In the last few months, COVID-19 made more visible than ever before the structural injustice in healthcare as Black Americans accounted for a disproportionate percentage of covid-19 deaths. What was already a devastating experience became even more so with the killing of George Floyd. Protesters also point out to other recent acts of violence that killed Breonna Taylor in Kentucky and Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia, and Dontre Hamilton in Milwaukee, among an overwhelming list of other victims.
The goal of UWM’s Campus Dialogue on Racial Justice is to provide space for our community members to provide insights about the civil unrest and ideas and thoughts about moving forward. We will host virtual panel discussions with faculty, staff, and students and invite campus community members to also join in to ask questions and share their experiences.
- Anika Wilson, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of African and African
- Joe Rodriguez, Professor and Chair, Department of History
- David Pate, Jr., Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Social Work
- Margaret Noodin, Professor of English and Director, Electa Quinney Institute
- John Lane Hall, Professor and Upcoming Chair, Department of English
- Chia Youyee Vang, Associate Vice Chancellor and Professor of History
Division of Global Inclusion Engagement and Division of Student Affairs