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Friday Forums

Friday Forums on Racism in Higher Education

Friday Forums is a commitment to the state and region in elevating national conversations and showcasing models of disrupting complicit racism. Each session welcomes national thought leaders to lead discussions and provide opportunities for participants to share ideas on actionable items towards a diverse, equitable, and inclusive campus.

Call for Proposals

Each Friday Forum general session is followed by three (3) tracks for University of Utah participants. We are currently accepting proposals for these tracks from U of U faculty and staff for our upcoming October Friday Forum: A Racially Just Workplace on November 20!

Please submit your proposal by October 23.

We encourage all national institutions to hosts similar discussions internally to continue deepening this work in their communities.

Click on the boxes below to get more information on each event!

Thank you to our committee members and sponsors!

  • Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
  • University Marketing and Communications
  • Auxiliary Business Development
  • Convene
  • Student Affairs
  • Human Resources
  • Domo

Past Events


Confronting Our Racism

The legacies of racism that constrain us are deep and long, and we are not going to solve our discomfort with training. The work we must do is about rooting out the systematic racism that lives in the everyday. We must recognize that racism pervades the structures that have raised us and that we in turn have fostered in higher education. We cannot run from that system, but we can dismantle its roots. We must unearth, uproot and plant anew.

Watch a recording of all the sessions here.

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