UHart has a rich history of supporting DEIJ efforts through programming. Below you will find information on the past events we've held, spanning from read-ins to marches. We express our community's culture and differences in so many ways.
Previous UHart DEIJ Programs
- Rogow Distinguished Visiting Lecturer Program: March 31, 2022: Building Resilience and Connection
- 2022 Women's History Month programming
- UHart Celebrates APIDA Heritage Month
- Ellsworth Lecture by Hayley Foster BSBA ‘94 on Passion+Creativity=Success
- Humanities Lecture Series: Ines Rivera Prosdocimi, Assistant Professor of English, presented a lecture entitled "On and Off the Island: The Modern-Day, Time-Traveling, Transnational Maroon" in which she explored the formation of perceived "truths" regarding the national identities of Haiti and the Dominican Republic
- 2019 Rogow Distinguished Visiting Lecturer Program: Zachary R. Wood, author of Uncensored: My Life and Uncomfortable Conversations at the Intersection of Black and White America, discussed why it is important to listen to people you disagree with
- Some Jazz, Some Blues, Some Soul Food: Hartt alumnus Haneef Nelson spoke on the history of jazz
- Avinoam Patt, Associate Professor of Judaic Studies and Humanities Center Faculty Fellow, discussed confronting holocaust denial in the 21st century
- A conversation with Michael Eric Dyson: Michael Eric Dyson is a Georgetown University sociology professor, New York Times contributing opinion writer, contributing editor of The New Republic and ESPN’s The Undefeated, and author of 19 books. He has won many prestigious honors, including an American Book Award and two NAACP Image Awards
- Ending the division- teaching strategies for becoming instruments of change: University of Hartford professors from diverse backgrounds and disciplines discussed how to best address the polarization and divisiveness that appears to be so pervasive in our times
- Our annual “Keeping the Dream Alive” event to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther Kings featured Angela Y. Davis, who also received an honorary degree. Davis is an icon of black politics and social activism worldwide dating back to the 1960s when Dr. King led many civil rights battles
- Poet, writer, commentator, activist, and educator Nikki Giovanni spoke at the University’s annual Martin Luther King observance and received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters.
- A series of conversations about the life experiences of diverse students, staff, and community members, titled Diversity Speaks: Belonging and Being Seen, were held to provide understanding that not all life experiences are the same
- Special presentations and lectures were presented to enhance learning and understanding of diverse populations. Topics included “Everything You Wanted to Know about Native Americans…But Were Afraid to Ask", "Equity and Culturally Relevant Practice in a Montessori Classroom", "An International Human Rights Day Celebration: the Southern Migration and the Transformation of Black Connecticut, 1915-1970", "Black Love//Black Power – The Films of Fitzgerald", and "Juneteenth: Celebrate Freedom"
- Organizer, political commentator, and independent journalist Rose Clemente, democracy reform activist Karen Hobert Flynn, Senator Douglas McCrory, and Rock the Vote's Michelle Stockwell spoke to UHart students, faculty, and staff as a part of the 2020 Rogow Distinguished Visiting Lecturer Series.
- Our 2020 Fall Community Book Read was facilitated by Cynthia Martin, president and CEO of the Hartford-based National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ). The book was White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism.
- Our Spring 2021 Community Book Read was facilitated Joelle Murchison, Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Consultant Practitioner. The book was So You Want to Talk About Race?
- We were honored to welcome Dr. Yusef Salaam of the Exonerated Five as our featured speaker for the 2021 Dr. Martin Luther King Annual Observance.
- A virtual presentation by distinguished healthcare leaders took place on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. The topic of this Rogow Distinguished Visiting Lecturer Series panel was Health Equity and Communities of Color.
- Adrienne Billings-Smith, co-founder of Concerned Parents of Color West Hartford, lawyer, mom, spouse, and athlete, spoke about the intersectionality of human rights, LGBTQIA rights, women’s rights, and race in her virtual conversation entitled, The Whiteness of Human Rights: Queer Women of Color and the Horizon of Humanity.
- FEM FEST:WSAM Alternative Radio in cooperation with the Campus Activities Team hold the University’s first ever FEM FEST, a night of live performances to raise awareness for women’s rights
- A concert of Christian, Jewish, and Islamic music performed by Ian Pomerantz of The Hartt School accompanied by Aaron Larget-Caplan. Hartford Seminary President Joel N. Lohr spoke on "The Great Mission of the Hartford Seminary: Jews, Christians, and Muslims in Dialogue.”
- 34th Annual International Festival: The UHart community had the chance to enjoy cultural performances and dine on wonderful cuisine from different countries around the world
- Umbrella for peace: On International Women's Day, Women for Change, an on-campus organization concerned with social justice and activism, painted umbrellas to protest sexual and domestic violence
- Welcome Wednesdays: Welcome Wednesdays is an initiative to start a new campus tradition of visiting common campus spaces and making new acquaintances. On select Wednesdays the Welcome Wednesday mat will be outside a host location, inviting you to come in, meet some people, and stay as little or as long as you like. The events are free and open to all
- National Girls and Women in Sports Day: Hartford women's basketball celebrated National Girls and Women in Sports Day with a game versus Stony Brook
- Spread Respect Hartford Hawks Men’s Basketball Game: The Spread Respect project supports and encourages participation by LGBTQ athletes and the community
- BSU Fashion Show: The theme of the BSU (Brothers and Sisters United) Fashion Show was “The World in One Night.” The annual Fashion Show is a fundraiser and proceeds go to the Book Fund, a program that assists students in need of textbooks
- Black History Month movie series: Throughout the month of February, the University of Hartford shows several free movies. Past features have included Green Book, Marshall, Dear White People, and Selma
- A vigil to remember victims of Pittsburgh Synagogue shooting: students, faculty, staff, and community members gathered on the Harry Jack Gray lawn in front of Harrison Libraries to remember the victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting on Oct. 27 that resulted in 11 people killed and six injured
- During February, Black History Month, daily social media posts focused on a UHart moment in Black history
- Professional development days take place in August and January for faculty and staff on diversity topics
- Multiple professional development training sessions on unconscious bias and avoiding micro-aggressions throughout the year for faculty, staff, and students who lead and work with other students
- Six faculty grants presented to faculty to promote teaching innovations in support of DEI in the classroom. The projects will improve classroom climate, increase diversity content in course offerings, and build student intercultural competence skills
Check out videos of past presentations and events on our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion playlist on YouTube.