Black Lives Matter
The Ethics Center manages two programs on behalf of the Office of the President: the Joseph B. and Toby Gittler Prize and the Richman Distinguished Fellowship in Public Life. These two programs have brought to campus a number of high-profile scholars and public figures who are engaged on issues of racial equity and social justice.
In response to events in the United States, and in the spirit of supporting the efforts of the Black Lives Matter movement, our weekly e-newsletter, Ethics Central Weekly, featured throughout fall 2020 a selection of video clips (see below) from the keynote presentations and interviews that took place during the residencies of recent Gittler Prize recipients and Richman Fellows. Each offered significant reflections on racial and societal challenges that are now more critical than ever for our nation to confront.
On Feb. 17, 2021, the Office of the President; the Office Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; and the Ethics Center convened a panel featuring three of these Gittler and Richman awardees: Angela Glover Blackwell, Jeffrey L. Brown and Beverly Daniel Tatum. The event was called "Black Lives Matter Under a New Presidency: What Lies Ahead?" and explored questions such as, What might we expect in the near future as we transition from a Trump to Biden administration? How might we, as a society, avoid returning to the status quo on questions of racial inequity and social justice? Might the racial and ethnic health disparities made so visible by the pandemic trigger a rethinking of public policy and programs? What can we, as individuals, do to support the goals of the Black Lives Matter movement in order to bring about lasting and meaningful change?