Recent events in the United States have laid bare the stark reality of systemic racism. Across the country, people are signaling a new urgency to confronting the racial inequality that exists in our communities. In keeping with our Catholic mission to uphold the dignity of every human person and to advance the common good, the University of St. Thomas has launched the Racial Justice Initiative to help drive meaningful reform and change. The initiative is led by Dr. Yohuru Williams and focuses on supporting racial justice education, facilitating research, exploring community partnerships, and encouraging dialogue and critical conversations. A noted scholar of the civil rights and Black power movement, an education activist and frequent national commentator, Dr. Williams is an important voice on the topics of race and social justice. This new initiative creates a platform for him to accelerate that work with the full support of the university. The Racial Justice Initiative will work collaboratively with individuals and organizations already engaged in the essential work of helping to reimagine a future for the Twin Cities free from racial disparities. The work of the initiative will be shared widely and aspires to be a model for how other communities begin these efforts. together, UNITED WE ACT.
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