Antiracism Roundtables

Staff from Student Life and the Office of the Dean of Students have teamed up to host a series of discussions this summer for the SOU community on topics of race and racism. The entire SOU community is invited - staff, faculty, and students. Please share widely! An RSVP is helpful at this link

Questions? Contact Jill Smedstad (, or individual session facilitators (see descriptions below).


White People Talking About White Supremacy: July 30, 1:30-2:30pm

This is a conversation for white and white-passing people to participate in topics around white supremacy and racism in service to the University's mission and commitment to create accessible, equitable, sustainable opportunities, and futures. All are welcome to join—if you identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or as a Person of Color and would like to join we ask that you let us know in advance so that we can be in conversation with you to ensure your wellbeing is fully supported. Email janelle directly:

Facilitated by: janelle wilson (she/they), Associate Dean of Students


Systemic Racism and COVID-19: August 13th, NEW TIME: 1:00-2:00pm

COVID-19 has put a spotlight on existing racial disparities, as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color are disproportionately enduring some of the worst effects of the pandemic. In this session, we will examine the links between systemic racism and COVID-19, and discuss antidotes to systemic racism in both the university setting and beyond.

Facilitated by: Jill Smedstad (she/her), Coordinator for the Student Sustainability Center


Behind the Masks: August 27th, 1:30-2:30pm

Watch the webinar "Behind the Masks: Uncovering Assumptions, Biases and Stereotypes" in advance and join us on August 27th to examine the experiences of our BIPOC Raiders. The webinar recording will be emailed out in mid-August to folks who register in advance for the discussion.

About the webinar: "Masks are supposed to keep us safe, but that safety does not look the same for everyone. When you intermingle facial coverings, physical distancing, race, gender, and class, some of our students and faculty become at risk. How do we position our campuses in a way that these disparities are not magnified and our faculty and students feel safe? Our panelists will discuss privilege, colorism, and concerns some of our students and faculty of color may face this fall." Presenters: LaTashia R. Reedus, Ph.D., Jonathan E. Page, MA, and Kristina Marshall, JD. Find the full webinar description here: 

Facilitated by: Marvin Woodard (he/him), Coordinator for the Multicultural Resource Center