“to research, discuss, debate, and explore answers to America’s most urgent questions on inequality, injustice, and racial inequity”
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Like diversity, Black Lives Matter is on track to become another industry within higher education.
The College Fix reports:
Black Lives Matter professor tapped to lead university’s new anti-racism institute
Loyola University Maryland launched a new anti-racism institute this semester and picked a professor supportive of the Black Lives Matter movement to lead it.
Karsonya Whitehead, a professor of communications and African American studies, will serve as the first director of the Karson Institute for Race, Peace & Social Justice.
Whitehead previously designed a course titled “#BlackLivesMatter : Social Media/Social Justice” for the Jesuit university in Baltimore.
“As a black female college professor who is situated at a predominantly white institution, I am challenged to think about the ways in which my personal politics, my activism and my identity shape my teaching,” Whitehead said in a blog post detailing the course in September 2019.
The new institute led by Whitehead promises to “provide a space for researchers, students, social justice workers, and activists to come together,” in order “to research, discuss, debate, and explore answers to America’s most urgent questions on inequality, injustice, and racial inequity,” according to a news release from the university.
According to Loyola University’s press release, the center will use “Baltimore as a lens and healing justice as a framework” and “will research issues, collect and house resources, and train students and faculty on how to actively address racial trauma and violence; anti-racism and anti-blackness; and systemic oppression.”
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