Campus Dialogue on Race

October 31 – November 4, 2016

Free and Open to Public

Identity Urgency and the Body Politic

The Campus Dialogue on Race (CDOR) is an annual event at Humboldt State University that invites students, staff, faculty, administrators, and community members to present and attend programs that relate to racial justice and its intersections with all forms of oppression and resistance. Our objective is to create spaces and structures for reflection, analysis, dialogue and positive strategies for change. This year's Dialogue will run from October 31 – November 4, 2016.

The vision of Campus Dialogue on Race is to achieve racial, social, and environmental justice. The program's mission is to promote and facilitate social and environmental change by engaging a diverse range of individuals, communities, and viewpoints to explore the impact of racism and its intersections with all forms of oppression. In addition, students can earn a unit of credit in ES 480, Campus Dialogue on Race.

Potential workshop topics might include (but are not limited to):

  • Race
  • Voter Suppression
  • Reproductive justice
  • Intersectionality
  • Food sovereignty
  • Citizenship
  • Immigration justice
  • Queerness
  • Police state / community accountability
  • Prison industrial complex / restorative justice / transformative justice
  • Decolonization
  • Feminist vegetarian ethics of care
  • “The body is not an apology”
  • Fat / body positivity
  • Voter rights / radical democracy
  • Alternative media / independent media
  • Economic justice
  • Reparations
  • Less broken democracy
  • Accessibility / disability justice
  • Mental health
  • Neurodiversity
  • Body justice

Keynote Speaker

Ian Haney López

Ian F. Haney López

Thursday, Nov. 3
6 PM
Kate Buchanan Room (KBR)

Ian Haney López is the John H. Boalt Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, where he teaches in the areas of race and constitutional law. His most recent book, Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class, lays bare how over the last fifty years politicians have exploited racial pandering to convince many voters to support policies that ultimately favor the very wealthiest while hurting everyone else.

To learn more about Professor Ian Haney López, please visit:


HSU Campus Dialogue on Race (CDOR) started in 1998, spurred by President Bill Clinton’s Initiative on Race. He recognized that America was increasingly becoming a multi-racial, multi-ethnic, multi-religious society, making it imperative to identify common values and advance together across our differences. He challenged universities and communities across the nation to begin a very difficult dialogue about race. University campuses hosted town hall meetings, programs, speaker series, and workshops to facilitate the long road toward awareness and progress around complex issues of race.

HSU responded to the call and held its first dialogue on race in 1998 on the first floor of the J, with approximately 80 people in attendance. Over the years, HSU has been committed to creating safe spaces for this important dialogue. CDOR provides an opportunity for students, faculty, staff, and the community to participate in a week or more of workshops, keynote speakers, poster sessions, panel discussions, and dialogues exploring the impact of racism and its intersections with all forms of oppression.

Room Abbreviations:
GF – Goodwin Forum (Nelson Hall East 102)
NHE – Nelson Hall East
GH – Gist Hall
FH – Founders Hall
SH – Siemens Hall
KBR – Kate Buchanan Room