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eCornell: Anti-Blackness, Racial Equity, & Higher Education: A Call for Change

June 24, 2020 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

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As America continues to grapple with fundamental questions of inclusion, safety, and justice for people of color, higher education must also ask whether staff, faculty, and students of color are fully empowered to flourish in their institutions.

In this discussion, audience members will hear from three of Cornell University’s Presidential Advisors on Diversity and Equity about the challenges and possibilities for racial equity in higher education.



  • What anti-blackness is and how it functions in higher education
  • What racial equity is in an education context and how it impacts students’ entry into the workforce
  • The unique challenges and possibilities right now for racial equity
  • The role of white people in this work


  • Angela Winfield, J.D., Associate Vice President for Inclusion & Workforce Diversity, Cornell University
  • Dr. Vijay Pendakur, Robert W. & Elizabeth C. Staley Dean of Students, Cornell University
  • Dr. Avery August, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs & Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor, Cornell University
  • Victoria White, Executive Programs Leaders, Office of the President, Cornell University


Diversity & Inclusion
Transferable Skills
Community Engagement