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Race, Class, and Campus Climate

This year, as many colleges have pledged to confront systemic racism and inequity, they are focusing more attention on the experiences of students, faculty, and staff of color, and of first-generation students. College leaders say they want to create equitable and supportive environments for all. But what does a diverse, inclusive campus really look like, and how can colleges — even virtually — help foster a sense of belonging?

In the final session of The Chronicle’s 2020 series examining race and class in higher education, a panel of students, faculty, and administrators from around the country will share their experiences and explore the ways colleges can make good on the promise of greater equity and inclusion.

The panel will discuss:

  • How are colleges taking action differently than in years past?
  • How can predominantly white institutions go beyond task forces and make meaningful changes for different communities?
  • What lessons do minority-serving institutions have to offer?

Hosted by Sarah Brown, senior reporter at The Chronicle, and Michael Sorrell, president of Paul Quinn College, the panel will include:

  • Sonja Ardoin, assistant professor of student-affairs administration at Appalachian State University
  • José Fabre Jr., junior recruitment and outreach officer and former student body president at Wake Technical Community College
  • John L. Jackson Jr., dean of the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Jael Kerandi, student representative to the Board of Regents and former student body president at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  • Kathleen Wong(Lau), chief diversity officer at San José State University


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