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Speaking Truth and Acting With Integrity: Navigating a Campus Racial Crisis


November 29, 2018


​​​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. 



  • 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


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This event is open to the media, but pre-registration is required. For more information, please contact ACE Public Affairs at 202-939-9365. 

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This event took place on ​November 29, 2018. Click below for a recording of the event.



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Event Agenda

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. Please visit the "Summary" tab above to view a recording of the event. 

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