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Rethinking Race 2016: ABC reporter John Quiñones among the featured speakers

Nineteen years ago, President William J. Clinton chose UA as the setting to host his first Town Hall Meeting on Race. Now, each February, the University provides Rethinking Race as a forum in which race and race-related issues can be discussed, examined, and hopefully, better understood.

Diversity in the workplace, racism in higher education and cultural revolutionaries are just a few of the topics explored during Rethinking Race. The upcoming events for this year’s Rethinking Race will include a cultural film festival, face-to-face conversations, and lectures from authors, filmmakers and media personalities.

2016 events Feb. 1 - 12:

  • Speakers include John Quiñones, the host of “What Would You Do?” — an ABC news program; Shammas Malik, son of the late Rethinking Race co-organizer Dr. Helen K. Qammar; Grande Lum, Director of the Community Relations Service with the Justice Department; Dr. Elaine Richardson, tenured professor at The Ohio State University; and Dr. Lisa A. Newman, MD, director, Breast Oncology Program at the Henry Ford Health System.
  • 17 Face-2-Face events
  • 8 films in the Film Festival
  • Michele Norris' "Race Card Project"

Rethinking Race website


Brand toolbox includes refreshed PowerPoint, stationery and other goodies

The Department of University Communications and Marketing has revised UA’s brand standards and refreshed many visual elements to reflect the designation of The University of Akron as Ohio’s Polytechnic University.

Items recently added to the toolbox include:

Looking for something? Send a note to ucm@uakron.edu.

Related: UA's polytechnic site