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University and Community Action for Racial Equity (UCARE): Confronting the Legacy of Slavery, Segregation, and Discrimination at the University of Virginia

UCARE

The University and Community Action for Racial Equity (UCARE) began in 2007 as an effort to help the University of Virginia and the Charlottesville area communities work together to understand the University’s history of slavery, segregation, and discrimination and to find ways to address and repair the legacy of those harms.

 UCARE participants represent a broad cross-section of community members and University students, staff and faculty. Our efforts at working across sometimes polarized divides represent positive steps towards truth, understanding, repair and authentic relationship and promote real outcomes to achieve racial equity.

 The CARE (Charlottesville Acts for Racial Equity) Forums begun spring 2018 convene community members and organizations in a series of community-wide forums with these purposes:

  • to jointly explore this legacy of white supremacy to reveal its origins, its harms, and ways it is expressed in our community;
  • to confront the practices that sustain the narratives that black lives matter less than others;
  • to connect participants to actions that will confront and overturn racial disparities in areas such as community safety, health, education, employment, housing, and more;
  • to set up accountability structures, such as an equity scorecard, to ensure continued networks of committed individuals and organizations act in ways that challenge these disparities.

UCARE also provides a weekly newsletter with nearly 500 subscribers promoting racial justice and equity.

Other accomplishments include the following:

·Published a major report documenting community concerns and calling for real action (view the report here). 

·Acted as a major catalyst in the President’s Commission on Slavery at the University of Virginia.

·Triggered a review of the admissions procedures at the University of Virginia.

·Helped create a summer youth leadership program that brought young people to UVa, which began as a class project in “University of Virginia History: Race and Repair”.

Dr. Frank Dukes wrote about UCARE in the Winter 2013 issue of ACResolution Magazine. You can view the magazine and his article, "University and Community Action for Racial Equity (UCARE): Confronting the Legacy of Slavery, Segregation, and Discrimination at the University of Virginia" here

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