Speaking Truth and Acting With Integrity: Navigating a Campus Racial Crisis
11/29/2018 12:00 AM
11/29/2018 11:15 AM


As campuses across the country experience a resurgence of racist and hateful incidents, a report from the American Council on Education (ACE) explores how the University of Missouri responded to the 2015 crisis on its campus and offers recommendations for other university leaders who strive to create and maintain a positive racial climate before, during, and after a crisis.

“Speaking Truth and Acting with Integrity: Confronting Challenges of Campus Racial Climate,” co-authored by Adrianna Kezar of the University of Southern California, and Sharon Fries-Britt of the University of Maryland, offers useful frameworks for building campuses’ capacity to address diversity and inclusion, as well as to work through the emotional healing often required after a racial incident or crisis.

An event held on Thursday, November 29, shared more about the report and its findings, and about how leaders can examine these frameworks as a way to gauge their own approach and progress. 

The report is a collaboration between the University of Missouri’s Division of Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity and ACE’s Center for Policy Research and Strategy (CPRS). Click here to see the full report.

A recording of the event is available. Please click "Watch" in the "Recording" box to view the full event on YouTube. 


9:00-9:30am: Networking opportunity with light breakfast refreshments

9:30-9:40am: Welcome remarks from ACE Senior Vice President Philip Rogers

9:40-10:10am: Overview of study findings from report co-author Sharon Fries-Britt

10:10-11:10am: Moderated discussion with:

  • Kevin McDonald, University of Missouri System, Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer

  • Alexander Cartwright, University of Missouri-Columbia, Chancellor

  • Sharon Fries-Britt, University of Maryland College Park, Professor of Higher Education

  • Moderator: Lorelle Espinosa, Vice President for Research, American Council on Education

11:10-11:15am: Closing


This event was held at the National Center for Higher Education in Washington, DC, and was also streamed live online.


Alexander N. Cartwright

University of Missouri

Lorelle L. Espinosa

Vice President for Research
American Council on Education

Sharon Fries-Britt

Professor of Higher Education
University of Maryland College Park

Kevin McDonald

Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer University of Missouri System
Vice Chancellor for Inclusion, Diversity and Equity
University of Missouri

Philip G. Rogers

Senior Vice President
American Council on Education


This event was held at the National Center for Higher Education in Washington, DC, and was also streamed live online.

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