Tuesday, January 25, 2022
3:00–4:30 p.m. ET
Zoom Registration


Recent years’ events — the COVID pandemic, the murder of George Floyd, and ongoing and new racial justice movements — have highlighted the need to address long-standing systems of oppression that continue to disadvantage and harm communities of color. The historical legacy and current systems of racism continue to plague and negatively impact the health and wholeness of our society, and these recent events have spurred increased awareness and commitments across organizations and institutions to adopt anti-racist strategies to dismantle oppressive and unjust systems.

Research and scholarship is one way that higher education institutions like University of Michigan (U-M) have played critical roles in informing the numerous and complex ways that racism operates in our society. This work has contributed to the development of innovative, evidence based interventions and actions to reduce and eliminate racism and its impacts — at systemic, institutional, and interpersonal levels.
This session is sponsored by the Anti-Racism Collaborative (ARC), a strategic space for engagement around anti-racism research and scholarship, and part of the provost's anti-racism initiative. The session features the inaugural cohort of the ARC Research and Community Impact Fellows — U-M faculty members who are engaged in cutting-edge research and scholarship on racial inequality and justice and who use a variety of community-centered approaches to affect change in multiple systems and settings.

Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) services will be provided.

Opening Remarks
Susan M. Collins, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs; Edward M. Gramlich Collegiate Professor of Public Policy; and Professor of Economics

Tabbye Chavous, NCID Director; LSA Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; and Professor of Education and Psychology

Melissa Borja
Assistant Professor of American Culture

A core faculty member in Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies, Dr. Borja researches migration, religion, politics, race, and ethnicity in the United States and the Pacific World. She has been a national leader in work on anti-Asian racism during the COVID-19 pandemic, heading the innovative Virulent Hate Project and collaborating with the Stop AAPI Hate movement.

Charles H.F. Davis III
Assistant Professor of Higher Education

Dr. Davis is the founding director of the Campus Abolition Research Lab, an interdisciplinary research incubator focused on leveraging data and critical analyses toward dismantling carceral university approaches and reimagining postsecondary education as a life-affirming institution. He is principal investigator of the #PoliceFreeCampus Project.

William Lopez
Clinical Assistant Professor of Public Health

Dr. Lopez is the author of the award winning book, Separated: Family and Community in the Aftermath of an Immigration Raid (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2019). He teaches courses on the fundamentals of public health, including the health impacts of law enforcement violence.

Deborah Rivas-Drake
Professor of Psychology and Stephanie J. Rowley Collegiate Professor of Education

Dr. Rivas-Drake examines how school, peer, and family settings impact how adolescents navigate racism, xenophobia, and identity, and the implications for these youths' academic, socioemotional, and civic development. Along with many high impact journal publications, she is author of the award winning book, Below the Surface: Talking with Teens about Race, Ethnicity, and Identity (Princeton University Press, 2019).

Celeste Watkins-Hayes
University Diversity and Social Transformation Professor, Jean E. Fairfax Collegiate Professor of Public Policy, and Professor of Sociology

Dr. Watkins-Hayes is a nationally-recognized scholar and expert on race, social class, and gender in social policy; and author of the award winning book, Remaking a Life: How Women Living with HIV/AIDS Confront Inequality (University of California Press, 2019). She is the founding director of the Center for Racial Justice at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.