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Indigenous Programming Committee Visits With Historian Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Posted on November 16, 2021 at: 12:34 pm

The UD Anti-Racism Initiative’s Indigenous Programming committee organized a visit with the historian Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz. As a chronicler of white supremacy and Native American history, Roxanne spent much of the day with our students and colleagues. She was a guest speaker in Dr. McKay Jenkins’s Environmental Humanities class; then at an informal “coffee hour” with faculty and members of the Lenape and Nanticoke tribes; and lastly in a major lecture that was attended by some 270 people from UD and the surrounding community.

Lecture Recording

Passcode: UMSREC04!

Dael Norwood, UDARI Faculty Fellow Project Update

Posted on July 22, 2021 at: 10:21 am

This year’s Callahan fellows research was sponsored by the History Department, in partnership with the UD Anti-Racism Initiative, and was funded by the Ray Callahan Experiential Learning Fund.  Fellows were charged with investigating the history and legacy of racial inequality at the University of Delaware and its predecessor institutions.  They presented draft versions of their work at the inaugural workshop of the Legacies of Enslavement and Dispossession at UD subcommittee on June 21, 2021.  The blog posts are a further public presentation of this work – and part of an ongoing series of examinations of UD’s history.

Collin Willard, “Beyond Its Limits: A Case Study in University Expansion and Gentrification in Newark, DE,” University of Delaware Anti-Racism Initiative (blog), July 13, 2021.

Edward Redmond, “The Presbyterian & The Politician: Uncovering and Comparing the History of Reverend Eliphalet Wheeler and Andrew Gray,” University of Delaware Anti-Racism Initiative (blog), July 13, 2021.

Elisa Davila UDARI/Internship Update

Posted on July 14, 2021 at: 10:08 am

What have I Done so Far?

Throughout this internship, I have worked with the Archives at the University and collected real estate records from the University. I have also done extensive research on roughly 40 other universities and colleges with Anti-Racism Initiatives, Institutes, or Projects. Since the University of Delaware recently joined the UVA Studying Slavery Constortium, I pulled several colleges from this list to see what we could implement, or to find what UDARI could do better in terms of our website and community engagement. In addition to this, I have also been researching grants that we can apply for to support UDARI through its beginning stages.

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The Presbyterian & The Politician: Uncovering and Comparing the History of Reverend Eliphalet Wheeler Gilbert and Andrew Gray

Posted on July 13, 2021 at: 3:05 pm

By Edward Redmond, Ray Callahan Experiential Learning Fund Fellow, Spring 2021

 

Was someone an enslaver? This is a deceptively simple question that took me a little less than half a year to answer regarding Reverend Eliphalet Wheeler Gilbert and Andrew Gray, two key figures in the University of Delaware’s early history. The research process was difficult and long but led to the uncovering of interesting information and opened avenues for further research. But, this all leads us to a simpler question: who were these men?

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Beyond Its Limits: A Case Study in University Expansion and Gentrification in Newark, DE

Posted on at: 1:59 pm

by Collin Willard
Ray Callahan Experiential Learning Fund Fellow, Spring 2021

Anyone who has ever set foot in Newark, Delaware could tell you that it is a college town. Positioned in the center of town, the University of Delaware’s vast campus dominates Newark’s built environment. Businesses along Newark’s Main Street cater to student tastes, and students make up a sizable portion of Newark’s population. Large real estate management companies offer a variety of off-campus housing options in just about every part of Newark, from apartment complexes to single family homes, and nearly everything in between.

However, Newark was not always like this. Prior to the 1970’s, University of Delaware students primarily either lived on campus or commuted to class. Newark had several distinctive neighborhoods within its core that housed working-class families. One such neighborhood was home to the New London Road community, where Newark’s Black population lived throughout the 20th century. This neighborhood, shown in the figure below, encompassed most of the northwest portion of Newark’s core, including New London Road and Avenue, West Cleveland Avenue, Ray Street, Church Street, Corbit Street, Rose Street, and Terry Manor. Today, however, this area of Newark is largely student housing and university property.

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