President Cabrera, Other Campus Leaders to Discuss Race

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Institute Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (IDEI) will host a virtual panel discussion entitled “Race at Georgia Tech: A Call to Action,” on Thursday, July 16. The discussion will feature President Ángel Cabrera and the lived experiences of Black and non-Black faculty, staff, and students.

“In the aftermath of the national upheaval over the killing of unarmed Black Americans, the campus community has openly called out racism in our society,” Archie Ervin, vice president for IDEI and chief diversity officer at Tech, said last month. “We have heard their voices and understand that the campus body is not simply satisfied with platitudes – they want change and they are asking for our direction.”

Tia Jackson-Truitt, director of IDEI’s Diversity and Inclusion Education and Training, added, “Now that there has been a collective raising of consciousness on issues of race and racism, the campus community has been very vocal in telling us that they are ready to have these critical conversations.”

In addition to Cabrera, the July 16 event will feature Ervin; Jackson-Truitt; Sonia Alvarez-Robinson, executive director for Strategic Consulting; Nettie Brown, biomedical engineering doctoral student and vice president of Academic and Research Affairs, graduate Student Government Association (SGA); Kaye Husbands Fealing, dean, Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts; Seth Marder, Regents Professor and Georgia Power Chair in Energy Efficiency, School of Chemistry and Biochemistry; Manu Platt, associate professor, Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering; and Mykala Sinclair, mechanical engineering undergraduate student and vice president of Student Life, undergraduate SGA.

Each panelist will discuss their personal experiences with race and ways in Georgia Tech can expand on its commitment to eradicate overt and implicit racism, and build a more diverse and inclusive campus.

The event will be the first of a continuing series on race.

Following the July 16 discussion, its recording will be posted online for viewing. Questions may be submitted for panelists in advance to They may also be submitted during the live event.


Date and time:

July 16, 11 12:30 p.m.—



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