Diversity & Inclusion Education
The University of Delaware’s continued commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is more important now than ever as our country continues to struggle with the painful history and present impact of racism. As President Assanis stated in his letter to the community, “The University of Delaware unequivocally condemns violence and the racism that fuels it. These incidents stand in stark contrast to our institutional values of diversity, inclusion and respect for others, which are essential to our academic mission of educating global citizens who are dedicated to building a better world.”
The protests that have erupted across the country, ignited by the murder of #GeorgeFloyd in Minneapolis, yet again brings into focus a history of racism that stretches back 400 years in the United States. There can be no doubt that the fear and anger being felt and expressed by BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) folks is justified and in no way new. It is simply being televised. Racism is not a new idea, and the structural racism that this country is built upon is beginning to crumble.
As the Office of Equity & Inclusion, we stand in solidarity with those folks currently making their voices heard. However, thoughts and prayers alone don’t make change, individually or institutionally. Thus, as an office committed to equity and inclusion, we continue our commitment to actively advocate on behalf of BIPOC folks within the UD community and beyond, receive and respond to complaints of racism and all forms of discrimination and harassment within the UD community, elevate the voices of others, and work to develop white allies in the struggle for racial justice. #BlackLivesMatter
Please review the OEI Remote Resources page for ways to reflect, educate, and engage.
Beyond Title IX: Sex, Gender, and Society
Why can’t you just pull yourself up by your bootstraps? Does a level playing field exist? Why can’t we all just get along? That was then, this is now. This workshop will explore the historical roots of privilege and oppression, and give you a chance to learn a bit more about what the information your history books left out!
Social Justice Action Planning
This workshop is designed to introduce participants to the ideas of race, racism, oppression, and whiteness. We will explore tangible means of taking action for social justice goals.
Engaging in Courageous Social Justice Conversations
This workshop will prepare individuals to engage in individual and collective dialogue around social justice topics. Our goal is to better prepare individuals to facilitate worthwhile and productive conversations with others in their communities and begin the process of unlearning that is necessary to understand and take action against systemic racism and white supremacy. If you are thinking of facilitating further dialogue in your teams, units, friend circles, and beyond, this is a great place to start!