iSchool in Color began as a 2016-2017 initiative by the iSchool Diversity Committee led by Kathryn La Barre, Victor Jones, Ariel Gonzalez, Cass Mabbott and Diana Stroud. The idea was to foster a greater sense of community. Black History Month (February) and Women’s History Month (March) were the focus of a series of successful events.
This year we focus on one weekend-long event. It’s an INDABA. This is a Zulu word for a gathering that deliberates. The topic is Conquering Racism. This is on us, in a school and profession that is upwards of 85% white, in a country experiencing an upsurge in racial and ethnic violence. We seek solutions. Successful alumni of color are front and center this weekend, in dialogue with faculty, staff, and students. Check out the schedule and then register. (Its free and this helps with food.) Check back for the link to participate online. Join us!
Associate Professor Kate Williams
2017-2018 Diversity Committee chair and Indaba co-chair
Assistant Professor Nicole A. Cooke
University of Illinois PITA Grant Awardee and Indaba co-chair