John L Warfield Center

State of Black UT set for Feb. 10-12th

During a time in our country when race and racial injustices are top of mind for many people and organizations, the Black Studies Collective finds it imperative to engage the Longhorn community in collective conversations that lead to fostering a more open and supportive campus for the UT Black community. State of Black UT is a three-day event that will facilitate discussions and exploration of the work UT has done, is doing, and needs to do to create ainclusive campus. State of Black UT will centralize discussion and unify efforts being made to foster a supportive learning, teaching and working environment for the Black UT community.  

Click here to RSVP. A Zoom link will be sent closer to the event. State of Black UT will also air live on the Warfield Center’s Facebook page and YouTube.


Check out the full schedule below:

State of Black UT: Memory Lane

Day 1 – Memory Lane

Wed. February, 10th from 1:00 -5:00 p.m. CST

We’ve come a long way since the Precursors first stepped foot onto the Forty Acres in the 1950s. Join the Black Studies Collective as we take a trip down memory lane with a few UT Precursors. We’ll also highlight past and present Black faculty and staff activism and take a look at the history of UT’s Black student enrollment’s steady climb. 

Session 1: As We Saw It: A Conversation with the Precursors  – engage black alumni in conversation about changes they’ve seen on campus, including changes as a result of student activism.  

Session 2: Activism: The Faculty and Staff Perspective (two 20 min presentations & discussion) 

  • Presentation 1: will coverfaculty & staff recruitment & retainment. What has this looked like over the years? What’s improved, where is room for more improvement? 
  • Presentation 2: Highlight faculty and staff activism from icons like Dr. John “Doc” Warfield and Almetris “Mama” Duren.  

Session 3: Black Student Enrollment: Looking Back and Ahead – Preface convo with importance of diversity and how it helps to further school’s educational mission. Presentation will share what UT has done to increase black student enrollment rate, current initiatives, and what is on the horizon.  

  • Presentation (15 min): Suggested speaker: Ramon 
  • Panel: (30 min): Moderated by Ramon Blakley. Panelists: Paul MannieMonique Pikus, Devin Walker [Note: they are all are part of UT Admission’s Black student recruitment and retention committee] 
  • 15 min Q&A 

State of Black UT: Reality Check


Day 2 – Reality Check

Thur. February 11th from 1:00 -5:00 p.m. CST

Join the Black Studies Collective as we host three separate conversations with students, staff and faculty regarding our community’s current state of affairs. We’ll discuss with each panel the current challenges facing their community on campus and learn more about the work being done to address those challenges.

Each panel will share challenges the community continues to face. Each panel (3-4 panelist) is 45 min with 15 min Q&A and 15 break between each panel   

Panel 1:Student Check-in - student panel discussing challenges they face as Black students on campus. Potential questions: What are some current initiatives happening to solve these issues/challenges? What have you done to cope with challenges? What would you like to see happen/change on campus? 

Panel 2: Faculty Focal Points faculty panel discussing challenges they face as a Black faculty member. Potential questions: What are some initiatives happening to solve these issues? What have you done to cope with challenges? What would you like to see happen/change on campus?  

Panel 3:Staff Standpoints – staff panel discussing challenges they face as a Black staff member. Potential questions: What are some initiatives happening to solve these issues? What have you done to cope with challenges? What would you like to see happen/change on campus? 

State of Black UT: Paying it Forward


Day 3 – Paving it forward 

Fri. February 12th  11:00 a.m. -1:30 p.m. CST

State of Black UT is wrapping up our last day with a pitch competition. We’ve taken a trip down memory lane, assessed how far we’ve come and where we are currently. Now we’ll explore how to pave the way for future generations of Black students, staff, and faculty. We’ll wrap things up with our keynote: a live-recorded episode of Race and Democracy podcast with Dr. Peniel Joseph.

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