Announcement by Provost Kristi A. Nelson, August 21, 2018
The University of Cincinnati (UC) today announced that it has joined more than 40 higher education institutions as a member of the Universities Studying Slavery (USS). USS, evolved out of the University of Virginia, unites scholars from all types of colleges and universities to better understand the role of enslaved people within higher education and their own institutional histories.
UC’s institutional connections to slavery remain largely unexplored. To begin work, a Research Panel on University-City Relations has been established to research, document and recognize the valuable contributions of enslaved people within UC’s history. Joining the USS will strengthen the universities cross-institutional collaboration and learning with partner institutions including the University of North Carolina, Georgetown and Brown.
As the university approaches its bicentennial, this work will support UC’s mission as a comprehensive urban public research institution by addressing both historical and contemporary issues dealing with race ad inequality in higher education and in university communities.
The Research Panel on University-City Relations will also engage scholars to undertake a broad examination of UC’s relationship with the city of Cincinnati, and its African American community, to strengthen community partnerships and explore how inclusion can be activated in more innovative and impactful ways.