Cultivating the Scholar-Activist: Trans-disciplinary Pathways to Racial Justice

Friday, November 10, 2017  (8:30 AM – 4:30 PM)  Vanderbilt University

What creative lobbying strategies can social scientists and teachers develop together to combat the school to prison pipeline? How can religious leaders, technology developers, and medical professionals collaborate to improve access to quality health care? What role do our legal systems play in undergirding or undermining efforts to realize a society with equitable opportunities and outcomes for all?

The second annual Pathways conference, “Cultivating the Scholar Activist: Trans-disciplinary Pathways to Racial Justice,” provides an opportunity for participants to critically reflect upon their own relationships with racism and to work collectively, across disciplines, to glean new insights and to strategize collaborative efforts toward racial justice. Recognizing that both individuals and systems perpetuate racism, this conference begins with the belief that dismantling racism requires a personal commitment and concerted social and professional action. As racism manifests within and through professional sectors including education, law and law enforcement, health care, religious life, business, and technology, we need collaborative, trans-disciplinary solutions that reach across our social, cultural, and economic boundaries.

This conference is designed for:

  • Prospective students exploring graduate education in one of Vanderbilt’s professional schools;
  • Current VU graduate and professional students;
  • Members of the broader community interested in deepening their reflection and practice around racial justice.

The conference is co-sponsored by the Vocations in Racial Justice: Trans-disciplinary Activist/Practitioner/Scholar (TAPS), Office of Religious Life and the University Chaplain, the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, The Martha Ingram Commons, Vanderbilt Peabody College, and the Schools of Divinity, Law, Medicine, and Nursing.