The #BlackLivesMatter Committee is a volunteer group of students, staff and faculty that started after the tragic killing of George Floyd in the Summer of 2020. This UTD group creates engagement programming that combats racism and anti-blackness in all its forms, and lift up the voices of black culture.
When you give, your donations support the honorarium for scholars, activist, and speakers to visit the UTD community. This gives students, staff, faculty, and the local community the opportunity to experience unique programming centered around various topics, such as social injustice, human rights, local activism, the impact of racial trauma, and resources to gain support after witnessing or experiencing racism or discrimination.
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To read more about some of our amazing programs, please see a list of past events below.
When is Enough, Enough: A Conversation About Race in America- a forum that center around topics such as racial injustice in the United States, a dialogue surrounding student voices and their lived experiences and measures students can take to affect meaningful change.
When is Enough, Enough: A Conversations About Race -A Year in Reflection- In collaboration with School of Behavioral & Brain Sciences, a reflection over the year that has affected our Black communities and people of color and how to move forward to promote positive change for the safety, wellbeing, and empowerment of Black people in our country.
Taking A Collective Breath- In collaboration with the Living Legacies, a conversation on impacts of academic trauma and stress in the classroom. The program aim to empower individuals who have experienced or witnessed academic trauma in the classroom. This program also featured a poetry workshop focusing on the catharsis of the breath.
Comets Make A Difference! Your Voice, Your Vote- this informative presentation explored issues such as local activism opportunities and coping with imperfect political candidates.
Black Citizenship Today Part 1- a virtual tour of black citizenship in the age of Jim Crow, exploring Black America’s struggle for equality under the law from 1865 through World War I.
Black Citizenship Today Part 2- In collaboration with School of Behavioral & Brain Sciences and Black Faculty & Staff Alliance discussing what it means to be Black today.
Turbulent Times: - In collaboration with School of Behavioral & Brain Sciences and School of Arts & Humanities, a discussion that addressed the importance of Black women in our lives. Students also had the chance to exercise their creative expression at the creative fiction writing workshop.
COVID-19: The Virus, Vaccines and Our Public Health- In collaboration with Black Faculty & Staff & UTD Wellness Center, a virtual panel discussion addressing the COVID-19 pandemic vaccine.
Black American Sign Language (ASL)- In collaboration with the Multicultural Center to discuss Black American Sign Language and Deafness in the Black Community.
Reproductive Rights are Human Rights: A Virtual Conversation and Q&A with Activist Loretta Ross
Join the #BLM Committee and A&H Teach-ins for a keynote talk, panel conversation, and Q&A with renowned reproductive justice and human rights activist Loretta Ross to discuss social and reproductive justice issues today and on the horizon. Professor Ross's talk will be followed by a panel discussion about the history of reproductive justice struggles in the US, the challenges of parenting students, and reproductive healthcare resources available on campus at UT Dallas.
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