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RETHINKING RACE: Black, White and Beyond

Feb. 20 – March 5, 2022

A combination of virtual and in-person programs in which race and race-related issues can be discussed, examined, and hopefully, better understood through conversations, film, and speakers. Rethinking Race hopes to engage the public with important topics such as diversity in the workplace and awareness of issues and culture.

Please Note – Many events for Rethinking Race are still in development and will continue to be added throughout January and February 2022. We encourage students, faculty, staff and members of the Akron community to visit the Rethinking Race calendar often between now and February to see what is being offered, get involved, and RSVP for events.

All events are open to the public, and indoor on-campus events require a mask per University policy.

UA alumnus and Academy Award winning filmmaker
Matthew Cherry

Feb. 21 at 7 p.m.

Matthew Cherry

UA alumnus Matthew A. Cherry, who previously was scheduled to deliver the keynote address virtually for Rethinking Race: Black, White and Beyond on Monday, Feb. 21, will now speak on campus at the 7 p.m. event.

The event, sponsored by the Office of Inclusion and Equity and the Rethinking Race Committee, will be held in the Jean Hower Taber Student Union Gardner Theatre. Seating will be limited to 300 guests on a first-come, first-served basis.

Those who previously registered to attend virtually may switch to in-person attendance pending seat availability.

Everyone attending in person must adhere to the University’s indoor mask policy.

Those wishing to participate virtually can still do so, but registration is required and is on a first-come, first-served basis. All registered virtual attendees will receive the event link the morning of Feb. 21.


Face-2-Face series

Learn more about Face-2-Face events.

Campus Partners

Campus Partners have stepped forward to design, produce, and sponsor vital events to further Rethinking Race’s mission.

Look for Rethinking Race Spotlights from these Campus Partners:

  • Black Students United
  • Center for Conflict Management
  • Cummings Center for the History of Psychology
  • Department of Student Life Campus Programs
  • EXL Center
  • Institute of Teaching and Learning
  • Myers School of Art
  • Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics
  • Residence Life and Housing
  • Undergraduate Student Government
  • Williams Honors College


All Rethinking Race Events strongly encourage registration. Click on the event title in the calendar to complete your registration. Virtual access information will be emailed to you prior to event.

Did you attend a Rethinking Race Event?

Take the 2022 post-event survey.

Or scan the QR code to start the survey


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