Reckoning with Entangled Histories:
Higher Education and Slavery

November 2, 2022
Virtual Symposium | 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM Eastern

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American higher education institutions have a long, complex history with slavery that shouldn’t be ignored. Reckoning with these historical ties—from slave-owning namesakes to the enslaved laborers who constructed campus buildings—generates difficult questions for colleges and universities:

  • How do we honor those who were enslaved?
  • How do we recognize our role in the history of slavery as a means of learning from the past to guide our future?

In this symposium, four institutions will share their approaches to these complicated questions and how they’re continuing the conversation around the legacy of slavery on their campuses.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain the challenges of formally honoring the enslaved and recognizing their historical contributions to an established institution.
  2. Describe ways in which you can initiate a conversation around sensitive issues such as race or justice at your institution.
  3. Outline at least one successful planning approach for engaging diverse campus organizations in an institutionally restorative process.
  4. Identify key campus players and their roles in creating the atmosphere essential to promoting positive outcomes around sensitive planning issues.

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Featured Speakers

Chief Diversity OfficerCollege of William and Mary
Senior Project ManagerCollege of William and Mary
Chief Facilities OfficerCollege of William and Mary
Associate Professor of African HistoryGeorge Mason University
Professor of Integrative Studies and HistoryGeorge Mason University
Capital Program DirectorGeorge Mason University
Vice President for Equity and Strategic InitiativesSt. Mary's College of Maryland
Senior Project ManagerSt. Mary's College of Maryland
Professor of Architectural HistoryUniversity of Virginia
Architect for the UniversityUniversity of Virginia
Senior AssociatePerkins&Will