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Concordia Joins New Racial Equity Leadership Alliance

AMY KELLY, College Communications and Media Relations director
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Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn., has joined the newly established Liberal Arts Colleges Racial Equity Leadership Alliance (LACRELA) created by the Race and Equity Center at the University of Southern California. Approximately 65 leading liberal arts colleges are taking part in this new initiative whose goals are to give campus professionals skills and tools to make their campus climate and culture more inclusive for diverse populations and to strive toward racial equity.

“Concordia College joins an important, recognized alliance of institutions who have a shared commitment to ending racism and to building and sustaining full inclusion for all who learn, work, and lead in higher education,” says President William Craft.     

Through the new Alliance, various Concordia leadership will participate in a series of learning experiences throughout the first year that will focus on real scenarios of racial problems on college campuses and identify ways to prevent them or work more effectively through them.  Each Alliance college will also have access to a shared online portal that includes equity-related resources and tools, and climate surveys for students, faculty and staff. A final important factor is the network of college presidents who will serve as a resource to one another as their colleges work to make their campuses more diverse, equitable and inclusive.

“Joining the Alliance represents another tangible step forward for diversity, equity, and inclusion at Concordia,” says Dr. Edward Antonio, chief diversity officer. “The Alliance will help us to have a greater impact not only on campus but on racial equity in higher education.”

Concordia leadership attended its first monthly session on racial equity this week.