The University’s new race, place and equity academic program is finishing up its first semester after successfully implementing 11 classes and funding 10 post-doctoral students. The program aims to provide a better structure for students to learn about race and equity as well as support faculty in teaching about racial equity and democracy.
Currently, eight COLA classes — one-credit, graded seminars for first-year students in the College of Arts and Sciences offered in the fall semester — aim to foster discussion about the lasting legacies of race and racism at the University by emphasizing cultural landscapes and natural places. The other three classes are offered by the School of Architecture and similar to COLAs, situate racial history in place and location.
Students in the classes learn from and work with members of the community to further the students’ understanding of the University’s and Charlottesville’s racial history and serve the greater Charlottesville community.
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