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Published March 31, 2023
The University of Wyoming Black Studies Center will virtually host the second annual Anti-Racism Collective Symposium at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 5.
Students from diverse institutions will lead a discussion that deconstructs complex problematic issues and provides practical solutions on how to become anti-racist, says UW Assistant Professor Fredrick Douglass Dixon, director of the UW Black Studies Center.
The Anti-Racism Collective Symposium will include students from Buffalo State University in Buffalo, N.Y.; Kennedy-King College and St. Xavier University, both in Chicago; and California State University-Long Beach.
“The Anti-Racism Collective Symposium strives to create and sustain a safe space and pathways for students to generate rich and open discussions regarding the complexities surrounding race in America on multiple college campuses,” Dixon says. “The collective seeks to encourage in-depth, courageous conversations that challenge and extend the mainstream discussions on race by using the framework provided by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi regarding ‘how to become anti-racist.’”
Each institution will draft one challenging question, exacting statement, provocative quote or short video that encourages participants to explore and discuss the burning social issues in contemporary American society. Students will then present the information during the symposium.
Dixon says that, admitting that “we all possess biases that include problematic ideals from learned behaviors,” two fundamental goals will help to guide the symposium’s conversation: to promote a unified dedication to making interactions inclusive by affirming the importance of all participants’ life experiences that acknowledge the worth of previous experiences, frames of reference and performances; and “come as you are, but do not leave that way.”
For more information, email Dixon at firstname.lastname@example.org.