Melvin L. 奥利弗种族正义倡议

“As an African American, I have felt deeply each blow, each knee to the neck, each bullet that has extinguished the lives of my fellow brothers and sisters. I have spent my professional life trying to understand the sources of that violence and developing policies and programs to address it.”

President Melvin L. Oliver, May 30, 2020

Continuing acts of racialized violence and the mobilization efforts by the Black Lives Matter movement and its allies to fight for racial justice provide an important backdrop for scholars and students to analyze this unique moment in time. 在努力支持富有成效的讨论、分析和行动主义的过程中 Melvin L. Oliver Racial Justice Initiative 为三个主要方面提供资金:课程改造, co-curricular transformation, 结构转型. Together, 这些都是为了加深学生的理解, staff, 以及教师对种族暴力的认识和行动.

Under the leadership of Associate Dean of Faculty Adrian Pantoja and the initiative’s organizing committee, the Melvin L. 奥利弗种族正义倡议 aims to embed the study of racial justice throughout every aspect of the Pitzer educational experience.

Pitzer President Melvin L. 奥利弗,他是这本开创性的书的合著者 黑人财富/白人财富:种族不平等的新视角他于2020年发起了种族正义倡议(RJI). After President Oliver announced that he would retire at the end of June 2022, RJI was renamed the Melvin L. 奥利弗种族正义倡议 to honor Oliver’s tenure as the sixth president of Pitzer College, 他为争取公平和反对不公正而斗争, 以及他在高等教育和慈善事业45年的职业生涯.

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Initiatives in Motion

Keynote Events


Please join us for this talk on “Conflict in Gaza: A Historian’s View,” where James L. Gelvin, Professor of History at UCLA and author of “The Israel-Palestine Conflict: A History,将讨论当前加沙危机的背景, its evolution, its likely outcome, and its global ramifications.


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This presentation introduces important Brazilian writers and the politics of their works in the everyday (re)making of Brazil. 尽管巴西集中了大量的种族化人口, 它仍然是一个高度不平等的国家. Due to that, 这是一个行动和运动的历史, in Brazil, that has been addressing, in different ways, 有关国家问题的方面. Among many of these political actions for social justice, there is literature. That way, many writers, such as Black writers, produce a range of literary works that not only affect and modify discourses that sustain inequalities in Brazil, 但也产生了新的和解放的话语. Therefore, this presentation will introduce some of these writers and their works. In addition, this presentation will also briefly discuss the politics and impacts of such works.

Screening & Discussion: The Barber of Little Rock

参加2024年奥斯卡提名短片的特别放映, The Barber of Little Rock, followed by a discussion with co-director John Hoffman and the titular barber himself, Arlo Washington. 本次活动是由 总统建设性对话倡议.

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The Barber of Little Rock explores America’s widening racial wealth gap through the story of Arlo Washington, a local barber whose visionary approach to a just economy can be found in the mission of People Trust, 他创立的非营利性社区银行. Experiencing the effects of generational poverty and structural racism firsthand, 阿乐了解他的家乡小石城, Arkansas and the profound mistrust of financial institutions that have historically excluded his community from financial stability and economic mobility. 是方圆十英里内唯一的银行, Arlo’s People Trust fosters economic progress for underserved and underbanked residents, providing an economic beacon of hope that could reshape the future of banking.

The film is part of the 纽约客纪录片系列, 展示来自世界各地的重要短片, 可以在杂志的数字频道上看到.

约翰·霍夫曼与克里斯汀·特纳联合执导了这部电影. 霍夫曼也是一位著名的制片人 The Antidote (2020)Allegra’s Window (1994) and 阿尔茨海默氏症项目(2009), among other films.

Anna Malaika Tubbs: The Three Mothers

Have you ever thought about the contribution of mothers in shaping our nation in the face of patriarchy? Did your K-12 history books give a nuanced understanding of the Civil Rights Movement? 我们在第一期的文章中解开了这些问题 总统建设性对话倡议. 这次活动是由梅尔文·L. 奥利弗种族正义倡议.

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Melvin L. 奥利弗种族正义倡议杰出演讲

The 2022 Midterm Elections
A discussion on the 2022 midterm elections and broader issues around multiracial coalitions and diversity in the electorate.
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Melvin L. Oliver 种族正义倡议杰出演讲

Deirdre Cooper Owens is a proud graduate of two historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), 班尼特女子学院和克拉克亚特兰大大学. She earned her Ph.D in history at UCLA and has had a number of prestigious fellowships at the University of Virginia, 美国妇产科医师学会, 并获得十大学术领袖奖. 作为美国最受赞誉的“美国医学专家”之一.S. history,” according to Time Magazine, Copper Owens is steadily working towards making history more accessible and inspiring for all.

Talk: Post-Detention Experiences of Central American Asylum Seekers in the United States

与塞西莉亚的虚拟对话Menjívar, 加州大学洛杉矶分校社会学教授,美国社会学协会主席


塞西莉亚教授Menjívar持有多萝西L. Meier Social Equities主席兼加州大学洛杉矶分校社会学教授. 她专门研究移民问题, gender, family dynamics, social networks, 以及对暴力的广义概念. 她撰写并编辑了多本书, 包括支离破碎的关系:萨尔瓦多移民在美国的网络. A John S. 古根海姆研究员和安德鲁·卡内基研究员, 她目前是美国社会学协会主席.

这次虚拟演讲是Melvin L. 奥利弗种族正义倡议2021年秋季系列演讲. 现在注册或通过Pitzer的社交媒体平台上的直播观看.

欲了解更多信息,请联系 Pitzer Professor and Associate Dean Adrian Pantoja at [email protected]

Melvin L. 奥利弗种族正义倡议 Speaker Series: Environmental Justice in Indian Country

与教育家兼作家Dina Gilio-Whitaker的虚拟对话


Dina Gilio-Whitaker (Colville Confederated Tribes) is a lecturer of American Indian Studies at California State University San Marcos and an independent educator in American Indian environmental policy and other issues. 她是两本书的作者,其中包括获奖的 As Long As Grass Grows: The Indigenous Fight for Environmental Justice from Colonization to Standing Rock

这次虚拟演讲是Melvin L. 奥利弗种族正义倡议2021年秋季系列演讲, 由Pitzer教授兼副院长Adrian Pantoja主持. 由总统Melvin L. Oliver, Pitzer College’s Racial Justice Initiative aims to address the underlying causes of injustice, inequity, and racial violence. The Melvin L. 奥利弗种族正义倡议 Speaker Series is part of the College’s efforts to infuse racial justice throughout Pitzer’s academic and campus life while examining the College’s own policies and practices and exploring how Pitzer can be a broader agent of change.

如果你错过了第一次秋季演讲, “Politics of Belonging and Exclusion: Orientalism and Racialization of Arabs and Muslims in the U.S.” with Karam Dana, you can watch it now on demand

欲了解更多信息,请联系 [email protected].


Melvin L. 奥利弗种族正义倡议 Speaker Series: Politics of Belonging and Exclusion
September 17


Karam Dana is the Alyson McGregor Distinguished Professor of Excellence and Transformative Research and Associate Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at the University of Washington Bothell. 美国穆斯林研究所的创始主任, 达纳是美国最早研究伊斯兰教和穆斯林的学者之一.

Part of the Melvin L. 奥利弗种族正义倡议 speaker series, this is the first event of the fall 2021 semester.