Author Ibram X. Kendi to speak at Call to Action Symposium

Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, author of How to be an Anti-Racist and Antiracist Baby, will be the keynote speaker at Call to Action Symposium on Thursday, Oct. 6.

In a statement, the University of Illinois diversity office said the address is part of university-wide efforts on systemic racial inequities and injustices. Research groups will present their findings from the first year of funding from the Chancellor’s Call to Action to Address Racism and Social Injustice.

Kendi, director of the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research, will participate in the keynote conversation by answering questions submitted by the public. Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Sean C. Garrick will moderate the event, which will be held at the Spurlock Museum of World Cultures. Registration is available for the October 6 keynote conversation online through October 3.

The first year of research projects will be presented during the first research symposium. Researchers from the 22 2021-2022 funded projects will present their findings through presentations and poster sessions. 

The symposium will be held at the Levis Faculty Center from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on October 7. For more information and a full schedule, please visit the websiteRegistration is available for Friday, October 7 as well. To attend both days of the event, please complete both registration forms.

The Call to Action includes 179 individuals from the campus and the local community including faculty, staff, community members, graduate & undergraduate students. 45% of Principal Investigators represent people of color. And 82% of Principal Investigators are women.

The Chancellor’s Call to Action to Address Racism & Social Injustice Research Program is administratively supported by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.