Racial equity is the result of intentionally anti-racist policies that are supported by intentionally anti-racist ideas. The University of Richmond's pursuit of racial equity requires proactive institutional anti-racist inquiry and education at all levels upon which we must build a solid structure of anti-racist policies and practices. In addition, anti-racism must attend to the multi-dimensional nature of racism, including the specific and different ways racism has affected individual and group experience(s). A number of current initiatives exemplify the University's commitment to anti-racism as the means to racial equity.

Racial Equity Leadership Alliance

The University of Richmond is among the 51 inaugural member institutions of the new Liberal Arts Colleges Racial Equity Leadership Alliance (LACRELA) organized by the University of Southern California Race and Equity Center. This national alliance provides ongoing professional learning opportunities and resources about issues of racial equity to member liberal arts colleges. 

As a member institution, University of Richmond faculty and staff have access to a variety of resources and opportunities on antiracism, diversity, and equity, including access to virtual learning sessions on topics of racial equity, and 24/7 access to an online repository of tools such as equity-related rubrics, readings, case studies, videos, and more.

Race and Racism at UR

The University of Richmond Race and Racism Project is a joint undertaking between students and faculty to examine the history of race at the University. The project examines discussions of race in the archives of our school newspaper, The Collegian, and researchers conduct oral histories of alumni, faculty, and staff to record their experiences throughout the decades. The project’s collaborative framework, and student involvement, is unique as students receive academic instruction, technical expertise, and anti-racism training while building strong ties with one another and with faculty. Interested? Contact Dr. Ernest McGowen.

White Anti-Racism

We support White Anti-Racism by providing opportunities to the campus community to learn about race, racism, and the practice of anti-racism. A focus on white anti-racism is necessary because white people have important roles to play in anti-racism work. In addition, we seek to promote white anti-racism efforts that relieve pressure often placed on people of color to educate white people about race, and to support and be in solidarity with change efforts led by people of color. 

Digital Scholarship Lab

From Mapping Inequality to Forced Migration, the University's Digital Scholarship Lab is developing innovative digital humanities projects that illuminate racial injustice across centuries.