Ten undergraduate students presented original research projects on issues of race, racism and racial equity at the Student Learning to Advance Truth and Equity (SLATE)'s inaugural research symposium last week.
The symposium, held virtually on Sept. 8 and 9., featured projects across several disciplines. Research topics included southern politics, ethnography, gentrification, origins and identity, art, health care and Black womanhood.
SLATE, an initiative launched in 2020 and led by UNC's Institute of African American Research, aims to involve undergraduate students in critical examinations of race, racism and racial equity.
UNC-IAAR has been facilitating and funding research on the African American experience and African diaspora for over 25 years. IAAR-SLATE is an extension of the College of Arts and Science’s 2019 “Reckoning” initiative, which was originally designed to support student learning on race, heritage and reconciliation, among other topics.
Renée Alexander Craft, faculty director of research for IAAR-SLATE, spoke on what she hopes this and future symposiums will offer for students.
“I hope it opens up new questions that audience members might ask, new resources that they have to answer those questions," she said. "I'm hoping that it deepens and enriches the dialogue that we have about race, racism and racial equity on UNC's campus and beyond.”
The 2021 research fellows were selected to carry out original research this summer with mentorship from UNC faculty.
Denee Dapremont, a senior majoring in anthropology, was one of the presenters at the symposium. Her project focused on the treatment of African-American women in health care.
Dapremont's research, titled “It Takes a Village: Highlighting community-driven solutions that strengthen pregnancy and birthing support for BIPOC families” focused on community pregnancy support, birthing people and storytelling.