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About Us

The initial planning meeting of the UD Anti-racism Initiative (UDARI) on Aug. 26, 2020, drew 150 people who subsequently formed the steering committee and other committees. The initiative has grown to well over 350 individuals: faculty, staff, students and community members. To register your interest in getting involved with the initiative, please complete the UDARI Interest form.


The initiative is co-chaired by Emerald Christopher-Byrd, Assistant Professor of Women and Gender Studies, Lynnette Overby, Professor of Theatre, and Director of the Community Engagement Initiative, Alison Parker, History Department Chair and Richards Professor of American History, and Earl Smith, Professor of Women and Gender Studies.

Steering Committee

The steering committee is comprised of the chairs and/or co-chairs for each of the committees.


The committees are open to all UD faculty, staff and graduate and undergraduate students who are willing to commit themselves to taking specific action by serving on (or chairing or co-chairing) a committee.


The initiative’s interns are Tara Lennon, Diana Horan, and Elisa Davila.