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Augustana for racial justice and social change

Know justice, know peace

Justice is necessary because injustice exists. Racial discrimination; economic inequality; health care disparities; and inadequate access to quality education, healthy food and transportation are just some of the issues.

When we know what injustices exist, we can work to dismantle the systems that perpetuate injustice and create a fair, more equitable society.

Our ambition at Augustana College is to promote the social change necessary to remediate the inequities that we see because of racial disparities.

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Dr. Monica M. Smith

Campus Conversations

Dr. Monica M. Smith, vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion, will lead campus conversations to help raise awareness of racial justice issues and empower the campus community to get involved in efforts to make positive change on campus and in the world.

DiversiTEA with students

June 16 Vicarious Trauma with Dr. Tiffany Stoner-Harris (underrepresented students)
June 30 Affirming My Identity
July 14 Stereotype Threat
July 28 TBD
Aug. 11 TBD

Campus-wide conversations

June 17, 1- 2:30 p.m. Dr. Jason Williams: The historical and racial implications of the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor at the hands of police. (Register)
June 23, 1 - 2:30 p.m. Dr. Drick Boyd: What are we learning from the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Abery and others? (Register)

July 1  
July 9 and 16
Aug. 3 and 10 

"The Defamation Experience," a courtroom drama that explores issues of race, class, religion, gender and the law.
Register: July 1 film
Register: July 9 film and July 16 discussion
Register: Aug. 3 film and Aug. 10 discussion

TBD Miea Walker, MSW: Injustice: what can a college community do? A call to action.
TBD Teach-in: Fall 2020

Professional development and community engagement

Topics will include:

• Introduction to and understanding marginalized identities 

• Stereotyping, microaggressions 

• Self-help: What you can do to learn about racism, violence and hatred without asking your minority friends 

• De-escalation training

The Presidential Racial Justice and Equity Fund

In addition to the above conversations and learning opportunities, Augustana College's Presidential Racial Justice and Equity Fund has been established to help foster our community's passion for equity and justice initiatives. 

With seed money provided by Steve and Jane Bahls, the fund provides a means for students at Augustana College to initiate projects on campus or within the Quad Cities community that:

• Raise awareness of racial justice issues

• Promote dialogue between differing constituencies concerning racial justice issues

• Propose methods to racial justice issues

• Encourage activism and social change to address racial justice issues

• Help the community examine underlying equity issues that impact racial justice

Racial justice broadly defined includes criminal justice, economic justice, environmental justice, health care justice and other issues of justice impacted by race. 

More details about the Presidential Racial Justice and Equity Fund. 

For more information about diversity efforts at Augustana College, please read our 2019 Diversity Report.

Faculty photos of the Quad Cities Black Lives Matter Protest


HEED award group

College wins Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award

A national honor recognizes colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion.