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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

UCAREThe University and Community Action for Racial Equity (UCARE) is dedicated to helping 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.
 
Recent 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.
  • Through a weekly newsletter with nearly 400 subscribers, built strong networks promoting racial justice and equity.
  • Engaged substantial numbers of students and faculty in assisting community organizations.
  • 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”.
  • Continued to promote a center for community-university partnerships.

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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