UDARI on Delaware Public Media

Posted on May 12, 2023 at: 11:20 am

UDARI Legacies of Slavery and Dispossession committee member Taylor Brookins recently spoke with Delaware Public Media last week about some of the UDARI research on enslavement and dispossession. Please see link and description below.

History Matters: University of Delaware Research Project Examines UD’s History with Slavery,” The Green (Delaware Public Media, May 12, 2023),

“A group of University of Delaware faculty and students are working on a research project covering UD’s historical relationship to slavery, unfree labor, land dispossession, and racism.In courses and independent studies, the student-led “Legacies of Slavery and Dispossession” project delves into the involvement of past university leaders with forms of unfree labor in the 18th and 19th centuries, including the 20th-century effects of UD’s growth on Newark’s Black community.In this edition of History Matters, Delaware Public Media’s Joe Irizarry talks with UD assistant history professor Dael Norwood and National Park Service historian and UD Ph.D. student Taylor Brookins to learn more about the project and its findings.”

UDARI response to hateful action in Memorial Hall

Posted on May 9, 2023 at: 12:59 am

Dear UD Anti-Racism Initiative Friends,

We are sharing a statement written by concerned faculty members in Memorial Hall:

On the morning of May 8th, a faculty member noticed a swastika and threatening message drawn by an individual or group on a poster advertising a drag queen performance on the office door of a Jewish faculty member in the English Department. As soon as it was noticed, this violent symbol of oppression and genocide was immediately removed and reported. This is a deplorable act for which there is no room in the University of Delaware community. 

As members of the UD community, we reaffirm that hate has no place at the University of Delaware or in Memorial Hall. Respect and inclusion are essential to our work in our classrooms, in our research, and in our university community. We assert that the University of Delaware is a place where all are free to learn in a safe and welcoming environment. We affirm our commitment to people of all genders, sexualities, and faiths, and stand with Jewish, queer, and trans members of our community. We condemn both this specific action and actions that target members of the University of Delaware community for their race, sexuality, gender, ability, religion, or any other aspect of their identity, embodiment, or experience.

To affirm your commitment to this statement, please sign below. 

Statement Denouncing Hateful Action in Memorial Hall (


Alison, Emerald, and Lynnette

Acknowledging History

Posted on February 17, 2023 at: 11:32 am

UD Anti-Racism Initiative hosts symposium on UD’s history as a land-grant university and its impact on Indigenous communities.

Posted on UDaily, February 9, 2023.

New UDARI Legacies site – with student research – now live!

Posted on July 8, 2022 at: 8:10 am

Dear friends and colleagues: 

I am pleased to announce that the new, public-facing website for the UDARI Legacies of Dispossession and Enslavement at UD committee is now live! 

The site’s current feature is a suite of original blog posts authored by students from HIST 460/660: Race and Inequality in Delaware (Fall 2021). Building on the students’ Scholar in the Library presentation last December, these deeper dives include investigations into:

…and much, much more!

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UDARI Subcommittee Grant Award Winners for 2021-2022

Posted on November 22, 2021 at: 9:44 am

The following subcommittees of the UD Anti-Racism Initiative have been awarded grants for anti-racist projects or events they are organizing this academic year: Associate in Arts Equity and Inclusion Subcommittee, Legacies of Dispossession and Enslavement Subcommittee, Anti-Racism Programming Subcommittee, First State First Chance Subcommittee, Asian-American Anti-Racism Initiatives (AAAI) Subcommittee, The Indigenous Programming Subcommittee, The Latino and Hispanic Heritage Caucus.

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