Post-Commission Initiatives and Progress
Davidson College is taking a range of steps, in response to the report by the Commission on Race and Slavery, toward equity and racial justice.
When the commission’s report was released in August 2020, the college announced several initiatives. Since the commission’s report was released, Davidson has taken these additional steps.
December 11, 2020
- The college has joined the Liberal Arts Colleges Racial Equity Leadership Alliance as one of 51 inaugural member institutions. This membership gives us access to high quality learning opportunities and climate surveys that address all areas of campus. Each division is identifying a point person to participate in this effort and share their learnings with campus.
- Each division has completed or scheduled mandatory antiracism education, as pledged when the commission released its report.
- Working with one of our trustees who has expertise and experience in this field, we have identified and are in the process of engaging a consultant to review key practices (including those in hiring, contract bidding, compensation, admission, student discipline, and policing) through the lens of racial equity and building a just and inclusive campus. (The review was announced in August.)
- Davidson adjusted salaries of the college’s lowest paid employees to ensure all regular employees are making at least a living wage for Mecklenburg County, a pledge made when the commission released their report.
- The Board committees on Commemoration and Acknowledgment and Naming, which were announced when the commission report was released, are starting their work. In November they joined the new campus standing committee, also announced in August and formed to address research inquiries and community collaborations, for a joint orientation session with the Hon. Anthony Foxx, chair of the Commission on Race and Slavery, and Dr. Hilary Green, our public historian and 2020-2021 Vann Professor of Ethics in Society.
- Also in November we partnered with the Town of Davidson and the Racial Equity Institute of Greensboro to offer their “Groundwater” training to 160 participants. The training explores how racial inequities are caused by systems and that transformational change requires a deep examination of these systems.
- On December 9, Davidson hosted, via Zoom, a discussion around exploring the college’s history and implementing the action steps formed in response to the work of the Commission on Race and Slavery. The panelists included:
- The Hon. Anthony R. Foxx ’93, chair of the Commission on Race and Slavery, 2017-2020
- Dr. Hilary Green, associate professor of history and the 2020-2021 Vann Professor of Ethics in Society
- Dr. Carol E. Quillen, president of Davidson College
- Moderated by Dr. Rose Stremlau, associate professor of history and gender and sexuality studies, member of the Commission on Race and Slavery, 2017-2020