ICYMI: ‘Racial Equity & Philanthropy’

In the fifth iteration of the Friday Forums on Racism in Higher Education series held on Friday, Feb. 26, 2021, panelists discussed responses to the lens shone on racial justice issues in 2020, their thoughts on private foundation philanthropy’s responsibility and role in anti-racism efforts and new directions for the work still to be done.

The conversation was moderated by University of Utah President Ruth V. Watkins. Panelists included:

  • Caroline Altman Smith, deputy director, The Kresge Foundation’s Education Program
  • Kym Eisner, executive director, Craig H. Neilsen Foundation
  • Corie Pauling, chief inclusion and diversity officer, TIAA
  • Valerie Rockefeller, chair, Rockefeller Brothers Fund

In case you missed it, view the full event below.

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) at the U is hosting these national conversations each month with the goal of helping attendees start on a journey to eradicate racism and share best practices for sustained growth and action. Friday Forums is a commitment to the state and region in elevating national conversations and showcasing models of disrupting complicit racism. Each session welcomes national thought leaders to lead discussions and provide opportunities for participants to share ideas on actionable items towards a diverse, equitable and inclusive campus.

The next Friday Forum, titled “The Long Game: Deepening the Work,” will be on March 26, 2021, at 1 p.m. Learn more and register here.