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Bedelia Richards, Renowned Race Scholar, to Deliver Lecture on Systemic Racism and Anti-Blackness


Bedelia Richards, Ph.D., a renowned race scholar and educator, is set to engage the Saint Louis University community with a lecture.

Her talk will shed light on the complex workings of systemic racism and anti-Blackness within social institutions and organizations.

“As faculty and staff at a Jesuit institution our role is to develop students who will become leaders needed to transform society,” said Karla Scott, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Communication and African-American studies.

Bedelia Richards
Bedelia Richards, Ph.D.

In an exploration of systemic racism and anti-Blackness, race and education scholar Richards, Ph.D., will deliver a lecture at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 27, in the Center for Global Citizenship Auditorium. The 60-minute lecture will be followed by an engaging fireside chat between Richards and Scott.

Richards, known for her influential work in promoting equity and inclusivity, specializes in aiding college professors to integrate inclusive and anti-racist pedagogical strategies into their teaching methods. She currently holds the position of Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Richmond and serves as the visionary Founder and CEO of RaceTalk LLC.

The lecture will provide tools and strategies for engaging in dialogue about anti-Blackness and systemic racism. Richards will illuminate how these issues manifest and persist within social institutions and organizations. 

Scott, expressed enthusiasm about the forthcoming lecture.

“Dr. Richard’s work is a valuable resource to further our learning about identity differences in contemporary society and offers critical information that will help us support our students as they intervene to dismantle systems that sustain injustice and inequity across contexts," Scott said. 

The lecture is free and open to the SLU Community. To ensure a spot at the event, register in advance.

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Event Details

The event is sponsored by the Division of Diversity and Innovative Community Engagement, the Reinert Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning, and the Doerr Center for Social Justice at Saint Louis University.