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Diversity and inclusiveness at the University of Delaware
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UD professor Erica Armstrong Dunbar at National Museum of African American History and Culture
UD professor Erica Armstrong Dunbar at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Click the image above to play a video highlighting Never Caught.

Never caught, never free

Historian recounts courageous escape of Washington’s slave

| Video and photos by Andre Smith

It was Saturday, May 21, 1796, when a young woman named Ona Judge — a slave in President George Washington’s official residence in Philadelphia — took what historian Erica Armstrong Dunbar calls “that final step” toward freedom.

“She ran away from the president’s house while the Washingtons were eating dinner,” said Dunbar, who is the Blue and Gold Distinguished Professor of Black American Studies and History at the University of Delaware. “And she would never return to that home.”

Dunbar tells Judge’s story in a new book, Never Caught, published Feb. 7 by Atria Books. Based on years of research, the book recounts Judge’s remarkable life and the lengths to which George and Martha Washington went in attempting to recapture her.

Read more here

CHIEF DIVERSITY ADVOCATE

This month’s featured diversity advocate is Jissell Martinez, Business Administrator in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Delaware where she manages all human resources and financial matters of a unit with approximately $7 million in research expenditures.  To read more about Martinez, please click here. For a list of Chief Diversity Advocates please click here.
ENGINEERS WEEK BUILD-A-THON CHALLENGE

In celebration of National Engineers Week, students tested their building and design skills at the Build-a-thon hosted by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the Mechanical Engineer Student Squad (MESS), and the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE).

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES


The Office of Graduate and Professional Education is committed to facilitating funding and fellowships for the graduate student body. These opportunities, available through university lines, as well as through external foundations and institutions, provide students with vital sources of support in their master’s and doctoral programs.

DIVERSITY & INCLUSION WORKSHOP

Alden Habacon, a Diversity and Inclusion Strategist, conducted an energetic and inspiring DIversity Training Workshop at the University of Delaware on February 7, 2017. Alden’s presentation focused on topics of inclusion, interpersonal dialogue, connection between impact and intention, and cultural fluency. To read more about Habacon's visit to UD click here.  Visit Habacon's website here
REDDING AWARD WINNER UPDATE

Jessica Cornwell (pictured above, on the right) received the 2016 Louis Redding Award for her work on campus.   Since then,  she has participated in the Dive In: Diversity Institute, worked with Dr. Rosalie Rolón Dow on the “Tell it like it is: Race Counterstories for Social Action,” a research project that explores themes of microaggression and microaffirmation on UD’s campus.

Cornwell also had the opportunity of working with Dr. Pascha Bueno-Hansen with the LGBT Racial Justice Activism LLC. Through this living learning community, Dr. Bueno-Hansen has helped students living in the Louis L. Redding residence hall find power in their stories and in the stories of intergenerational activists.
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The University of Delaware is a proud institutional member of several key organizations concerned with diversity on college campuses. Please visit their websites for valuable resources and information.

The National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD)

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)

The American Association of University Women (AAUW)


UPCOMING EVENTS

MARCH - WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH

Monday evenings, 7:00 p.m. through March 20
WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH FILM SERIES
206 Kirkbride Hall

Through March 3
LIBRARY EXHIBIT - Solomon Bayley and Antislavery in Delaware

 
Tuesday, March 14, 4:00 p.m.
PAUL R. JONES LECTURE
Fo Wilson, The Liminality of Race and Representations of Blackness
Bayard Sharp Hall

Tuesday, March 14, 6:00 p.m.
LOUIS L. REDDING LECTURE
Margot Lee Shetterly, Author of Hidden Figures

Friday, March 17th and Saturday, March 18th, 8:00 p.m.
HIDDEN FIGURES FILM (SCPAB)
Trabant Theater

Tuesday, March 21st, 3:30 p.m.
DR. ALICIA DOWD
104 Gore Hall

Thursday, March 16 to April 28
HIGH-POTENTIAL WOMEN'S LEADERSHIP FORUM

 
Click here to see all of our events
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