Anti-Racism Conference

Save the Date Anti-Racism Conference 2022, October 6-7, 2022

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Annual Kent State University Anti-Racism Conference

Advancing Anti-Racism, Strengthening Kent State

Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022 - Friday, Oct. 7, 2022


The Kent State University's annual Anti-Racism Conference emerged from the University's Anti-Racism Task Force. The purpose of the conference is to create, through an intersectional lens, awareness and understanding of anti-racism. We note that anti-racism includes all races and racialized individuals. The conference shares resources, allows attendees to explore anti-racism as a framework and a practice and creates space for dialogue and exchange of ideas on advancing anti-racism for long-term change.

The first Anti-Racism Conference will be held on October 6-7, 2022, at Kent State University. Through an intersectional lens, the conference will examine how racism intersects with other forms of oppression based on gender and other identities such as LGBTQ+, disabilities, languages, veteran status, international/immigrant/refugee backgrounds, socio-economic status, religions and first-generation students, among others. The conference will allow Kent State University community members and conference attendees to explore the concept of anti-racism and its tenets. The conference will also provide a foundation for advancing anti-racism across Kent State campuses.

Key Themes: Anti-racism, particularly in connection to (but not limited to):

  • The workplace 
  • The classroom 
  • Communication 
  • Intersectionality
  • Systemic forms of oppression
  • Strategies for action: dismantling oppression 
  • Strategizing for change
  • Creating a space for mutual dialogue 
  • Active listening strategies
  • Leadership 
  • Understanding and transforming power structures 
  • State violence and democratic decay
  • Peace and healing 
  • Empowering members of the KSU community
  • Public policy and marginalized people
  • The arts and humanities
  • (Re)learning history(ies)
  • Students as activists
  • Educators as activists
  • Gender and sexuality
  • STEM

This first conference is primarily virtual, with the exception of some events.