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eCornell: A Movement, Not a Moment: Addressing Systemic Racism and Building Inclusive Organizations

July 10, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

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America’s long history of racism and its impact on our country have been on stark display in recent weeks. Our collective response to the despicable acts that have sparked prolonged nationwide protests will shape who we are as a nation. Beyond the individual responses of so many who have taken to the streets to make their voices and their frustrations heard, organizations and leaders must act to ensure that this is a movement and not simply a moment.

Systemic racism and inequality will not be solved overnight, but a movement can advance enduring change. Organizations and leaders have a crucial responsibility to take meaningful action and be part of the solution.

In response to the current — and long overdue — focus on systemic racism, a four-part webinar series will bring Cornell ILR and College of Business faculty together with business leaders to discuss the importance of addressing, creating, and maintaining truly inclusive organizations. Combined, the webinars will explore how organizational leaders can respond to the ongoing social injustice and civil unrest and contribute to driving sustainable change.

The first installment of the series will focus on the history of systemic racism. Join Cornell faculty Verónica Martínez-Matsuda, Riché Richardson, and Tony Byers, who will discuss the historical significance of this moment and the importance of taking actions that will move our country forward.


  • How the impact of racism manifests in our society, organizations, and individuals
  • How today’s health, economic, climate, and political crises all intensify systemic racism
  • Ways to address structural inequalities within our organizations that fuel racism


  • Veronica Martinez-Matsuda, Associate Professor, Cornell ILR School
  • Tony Byers, Director & Senior Extension Faculty Associate, Cornell ILR School
  • Riché Richardson, Associate Professor, Africana Studies & Research Center, Cornell University


July 10, 2020
11:00 am - 12:00 pm


Diversity & Inclusion
Transferable Skills
Community Engagement