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Racial Justice SwatTalks Series

Inspired by the work of President Valerie Smith through the President’s Fund for Racial Justice, this special series features alumni working in several fields, including art, journalism, law, education, and reproductive justice. Conversations will focus on racial identity, representation, access to resources, and the structural changes and solutions necessary to moving forward. 

Upcoming Racial Justice SwatTalks

Planning for additional Racial Justice SwatTalks is underway. In the meantime, scroll down to watch recordings of past Racial Justice SwatTalks, explore the full list of recorded SwatTalks or check out SwatTalk Shorts.


Recorded Racial Justice SwatTalks

“Unlearning our Learning: Challenges, Change, & Future Directions for Equity and Justice in Education”

The assault on the Capitol amidst our current political crisis, along with the pandemic, have only further emphasized the need to address equity and racial justice within the classroom. Covid-19 has exacerbated pre-existing inequality along lines of race, class, and disability status. As the new Biden administration takes office, Christopher Edley '73 and Jonathan Glater '93, two of the leading experts in the field of education, walk us through their hopes for meaningful steps forward in K-12 education and beyond.

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“Interrupting the Impact of Racism on Health”

It's now becoming widely understood that racism is bad for your health. In this talk, journalist, activist, and former doula Miriam Zoila Pérez ’06 explains the physiology behind why racism makes people of color sick and what we know about the interventions that can ameliorate these impacts. They bring a focus on race and health disparities in pregnancy and birth, but the lessons apply widely across health and population.

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"The Power Behind the Count: The Census & Representation"

Hansi Lo Wang ʼ09, a national correspondent for NPR, shares insights from his experience reporting on the people, power, and money behind the 2020 census. The census carries ten years’ worth of consequences, and it has been complicated by the pandemic, controversial political appointments by the Trump administration, and last-minute scheduling changes that risk serious errors in the count. Hansi shares what he learned from census workers and the communities who fear their voices won’t be heard. 

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"Racial Justice: Activism & Art"

Artist-in-Residence for ACLU of southern California Audrey Chan ’04 discusses how creating and curating art provides opportunities to bring power and dignity to communities and their stories. 

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