We Co-Create Justice
UConn Hartford’s Anti-Racism Statement
The UConn Hartford community bears witness to the unending violence against Black, Brown, and Indigenous bodies and communities. Black Lives Matter and we stand in solidarity with everyone demanding justice for the murders of Elijah McClain, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Eric Garner, Sandra Bland, Tamir Rice, and countless more whose names and images are imprinted in our collective conscience to remind us of the justice we have failed to secure.
As a public institution of higher education, it is our mandate and ethical duty to be a place that is safe from fear, violence, and all forms of bigotry. Anti-Black racism, anti-Asian racism, antisemitism, Islamophobia, LGBTQ+ discrimination, and every other form of bigotry have no place here. Regardless of race, sex, nationality, ethnicity, language, or any other identity and the intersection of multiple identities, UConn Hartford affirms and strives to protect the inherent and equal dignity and liberties of all humans.
Our Advocacy, Equity, & Inclusion team is dedicated to antiracism, social justice, community engagement, equity, and inclusion. We actualize our values through four approaches: sharing institutional resources; convening conversations around social responsibility; supporting community partners; and cultivating student leadership and activism. Advocating for a just community requires that we be proximate and responsive to the unfavorable conditions of our shared reality, to engage together, and to re-imagine and co-create a more just future for all.
We could say more, but above all, we must do more.
To co-create an antiracist community that is just, equitable, and inclusive, we must center the voices and experiences of those who are suffering from fear, bigotry, poverty, and systemic oppression. UConn Hartford commits to ensuring the safety, protection, and advancement of all our students, staff, and faculty, but we must do more for our Black peers and colleagues. Here is what we continue to do and will do better moving forward:
We will further develop student leadership and activism. For example, we will continue to support the work of the Capital City Crew, a newly created student-led organization whose mission is to connect students to the city and city to the students through community engagement and exploration.
We will place community activist art and storytelling at the center of our campus. The “Hartford History Shapers” exhibit installation that will stretch for much of the perimeter walls of the atrium floor of our campus has been imagined through an inclusive feedback process with students, staff, faculty, and community partners. The multi-modal project will showcase the rich diversity of people and cultures that have shaped Hartford’s history and the history that is yet to be shaped with UConn Hartford as an emerging leader.
We will organize more anti-racist trainings, workshops, and programming for all members of our campus community. We will collaborate with local community organizations, center the voices and experiences of BIPOC communities, and cultivate a community of anti-racist practice.
Of our undergraduates are first-generation students
Of our undergraduates identify as BIPOC
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News & Events
On April 8th, 2022, five members of the UConn Hartford Undergraduate Student Government (USG) partnered with Habitat for Humanity of North Central Connecticut (Habitat) to help build a new construction home in Hartford’s North End that will welcome a mother and her young child by the month’s end. With hammers, power drills, and paintbrushes in […][Read More]
April 1, 2022 | Mike Enright ’88 (CLAS), University Communications A two-day conference on “Anti-Racism in Education and the Community” will take place on Wednesday, April 13 and Thursday, April 14 at UConn Hartford and is open to all UConn faculty, staff, students and community partners. The two days of presentations and speakers will be highlighted by […][Read More]
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