This year’s By Invitation Program, Race In America, will provide students with an opportunity to examine modern race relations and inequalities through a historical perspective. Students will explore issues related to privilege and racial barriers through workshops with organizations and individuals working to create equal opportunity for all. Student applications are due Jan. 3, 2018.
Explore the complicated history of race, identity, and collective action in the Unites States. In a country founded on the principle that all people are created equal, systemic barriers to opportunity persist for people of color. Focusing on the experiences of African Americans, travel south along the East Coast to the Mississippi Delta, taking a hard look at the history of slavery, segregation, and ongoing marginalization of black communities. Study civil rights at the epicenter of the movement, and learn from organizations and individuals making strides in creating equal opportunity for all.
By the end of the program, students will:
- Understand and appreciate the varied experiences of people of color in the United States.
- Learn about the relationship between history and contemporary challenges related to race in America. Examine the impact of race on civic engagement and participation, education, and the criminal justice system in the United States.
- Recognize their own biases and values and how those relate to issues of race and equality.
- Develop a framework for creating positive change related to race relations in their own context.