Race, Racism and Racial Equity (R3) Symposium
The Race, Racism and Racial Equity (R3) Symposium 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.
We will provide context on the state of race at UNC and in the U.S., complementing the work of the Chancellor’s Commission on History, Race and a Way Forward. R3 will also highlight the stellar and innovative work of our graduate researchers. R3 is co-hosted by the University Office for Diversity and Inclusion, the Jordan Institute for Families and the UNC School of Social Work‘s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
This symposium was initially meant to be an annual, stand-alone event. However, the collective thirst for information, discussion and examination of race, racism and racial equity has been so powerful that it was expanded into a series.
Previous R3 Symposia:
Environmental racism takes many forms, from higher rates of pollution and stormwater issues in BIPOC communities to racist planning policies that lead to gentrification and displacement, and white supremacist investments in automotive-centric transportation systems. This fourth R3 symposium highlighted scholarship addressing environmental justice and climate action from UNC graduate students, research scientists and faculty from Epidemiology, Public Health, Social Work and Urban Planning.
In this second event in the series, scholars from across UNC, including Business and Communications, shared their work addressing issues of language, representation, cultural appropriation, and decontextualization of Black and Brown labor as it appears through a variety of media.
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, noted, “Our goal for the R3 symposium has always been to feature the important research happening across campus to make systems of oppression visible and this continues with the second in our series. In this panel, we will feature scholarship from both our faculty and our doctoral students, whose work brings to light the way that capitalist systems perpetuate cultural appropriation, decontextualization and uncompensated labor.”
The arts can help us better understand systems of oppression and their impacts, challenge white supremacy, foster dialogue around race and racism, and advance racial equity. This event highlighted work by UNC scholars and current and former graduate students to do just that through a variety of artistic genres, including performance, storytelling, music, painting, and photography. We were also honored to include a spoken word performance by Chapel Hill’s inaugural Poet Laureate, CJ Suitt.
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, noted, “Our goal for the R3 symposium was always to feature the important research going on across campus addressing race and racial equity and to foster cross-disciplinary collaboration. We plan to continue this idea through a series of virtual events that will both highlight this work and help us all to understand our role in dismantling systems of oppression.”
- “Race, Research & Reckoning” (Sept. 14, 2020)
- “Cultural Industry, Techno-capitalism, and Labor: The Mediated Exploitation of Black and Brown Bodies” (Nov. 11, 2020)
- “R3 ARTivism Explores the Power of the Arts in Confronting White Supremacy (Mar. 2, 2020)
- “Race, Racism and Racial Equity Symposium hosts fourth seminar for UNC community” (Sept. 12, 2021)