The Race, Racism, and Racial Equity (R3) Symposium, hosted by the University Office for Diversity and Inclusion, Jordan Institute for Families, and Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the UNC School of Social Work, is a series of virtual events that bring together scholars and researchers from across campus to share their work with Carolina and the broader community.
The fifth in the R3 series, “Transformational Research: Dismantling Systems of Oppressions in Justice, Education and Health,” will be held on Thursday, Dec. 9, 1–2:30 p.m. The event will highlight scholarship from UNC graduate students, research scientists, and faculty from the School of Government, the School of Education, and the School of Public Health. Their work examines racial equity interventions used to dismantle systems of oppression and can help us understand what actions can disrupt racism and create more just systems. Equitable practices call us to center the communities most impacted by our research. Two of the UNC scholars will be joined by their community partners to share their experiences with community-university partnerships.
“For this fifth event, I’m excited to be highlighting scholarship that examines interventions to advance equity — working towards concrete actions that can move us forward toward more just systems, “said R3 co-convener, Allison De Marco, Equity Lead, Jordan Institute for Families, School of Social Work and Advanced Research Scientist, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute. “When we think about hallmarks of racially equitable research practice, community engagement is key. Members of two of these community-based projects will join us to talk about their partnership.”
Leah Cox, Vice Provost for Equity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer, added, “We are all impacted by the justice, education and health systems in this country. However, the systemic imbalance against people who need them the most leaves them vulnerable to continued poverty, sickness and incarceration. The research being done by our colleagues and students at UNC and in the community provides insightful possibilities for how these systems can be redesigned to benefit all of us in society. We look forward to this opportunity to share important dialogue at this final R3 session of the calendar year.”