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Hampshire’s Community Orientation Day Focuses on Reaffirming Commitment to Anti-Racism

The event featured panelists Annie Rodriguez, founder of Equity Consulting Network; Keisha-Khan Y. Perry, Presidential Penn Compact associate professor of Africana studies at the University of Pennsylvania; and kara lynch, artist and associate professor emerita of video and critical studies at Hampshire College.

As part of the College’s community orientation on August 31, which kicked off the fall semester, students, faculty, and staff came together for a panel discussion, “Becoming an Anti-Racist Institution: Knowledge, Action, and Commitment.” The session reaffirmed the College’s commitment to becoming an anti-racist institution and exploring restorative practices.

The event, held via Zoom, featured panelists Annie Rodriguez, founder and senior consultant and manager of Equity Consulting Network; Keisha-Khan Y. Perry, Presidential Penn Compact associate professor of Africana studies at the University of Pennsylvania; and kara lynch, artist and associate professor emerita of video and critical studies at Hampshire College. The panelists shared the joys and challenges of incorporating anti-racist strategies and practices into their professional and activist work.

The panel included a dialogue between the three panelists that highlighted their anti-racist work as well as the ways in which their strategies develop in response to contemporary struggles. Rodriguez also provided a glimpse into plans for conducting anti-racism workshops at Hampshire College during the fall 2021 semester.

The program was brought to a close by Maria Cartagena, director of the office of community advocacy, and Will Severino, coordinator for restorative practice, who provided a brief introduction to restorative justice work at Hampshire College.

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