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Reunion panel steers racism conversation toward action

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The past year has been one of conversations about race, racism and racial justice. Now, according to panelists at an online forum held during Reunion 2021, comes the time to shift from conversation into action.

“Many of us in the Cornell community have united in addressing and taking a stand against racial and social injustice,” said Noliwe Rooks, the W.E.B. Du Bois Professor and director of the American Studies Program in the College of Arts and Sciences, opening an online forum June 12. “Today, we continue that conversation as we take another step forward, as we address what we do now, what we do next.”

During “How Can WE achieve Racial Justice,” part of Cornell’s virtual Reunion 2021, Rooks and three other Cornell faculty members discussed ways to steer conversation toward meaningful action, including: listening to scholarly experts; implementing new initiatives; and engaging students and faculty in organizations beyond the university.

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