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Race and Politics with BGAPSA

THE RACE AND POLITICS SERIES is an initiative conducted in partnership with Penn’s Black Graduate and Professional Student Assembly (BGAPSA) to promote community dialogue and critical conversations about the significance of race and racism in politics, both in history and today. Through a variety of events that confront such topics as civil rights, activism, family dynamics, civic engagement, and more, the Race and Politics Series strives to bring together diverse communities, inclusive of all race-related affinity groups on campus, to engage in cross-cultural and interdisciplinary discussion about important and sometimes controversial issues pertaining to the role of race in democratic politics. Given the powerful role race plays in so many democracies today, the Race and Politics Series aims to illuminate a core aspect of the contemporary experience of democratic citizenship. 

Fifty Years After MLK: Dinner and Dialogue

Wed. April 4 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Houston Hall, Hall of Flags
Please register for this event on Eventbrite

JOIN THE ANDREA MITCHELL CENTER for the Study of Democracy and BGAPSA to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the passing of Dr. Martin Luther King on April 4th, 1968. The evening will be a rich community event with a dynamic program.

Reserve your free ticket now to guarantee entry. Of course, everyone is welcome to attend on the day of the event as space allows. We look forward to seeing you there!


Past Events

Having Difficult Conversations with Family About Race, Racism and Politics

JOIN US FOR THE FIRST EVENT of the Andrea Mitchell Center's Race and Politics Series with BGAPSA, hosted by BGAPSA and Students Confronting Racism and White Privilege (SCRWP). “Having Difficult Conversations with Family About Race, Racism and Politics” is a dinner and discussion where attendees will break into groups based on racial affinity to discuss separately the barriers to addressing race-related issues with family and overcoming complicity. Then the groups with come together as a whole to address the unique dynamics surrounding issues of race and politics. The evening will conclude with a debrief on conversational dynamics in multi-racial spaces.

Our aim is to cultivate an environment of mutual respect and honesty at this event, where participants are willing to challenge the racism both within themselves and expressed by others. We will provide refreshments and facilitated discussion.

The Politics of Hue (Ufuoma Abiola)

THIS EVENT WILL EXPLORE THE VARIOUS WAYS in which colorism affects African Americans and provide ways to address the phenomenon.  Colorism is defined as the allocation of privilege and disadvantage according to the lightness or darkness of one’s skin.  Join Dr. Ufuoma Abiola for a discussion on the Politics of Hue.

is Associate Director of Academic Affairs and Advising at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania (Penn).  She is also a Lecturer at the Graduate School of Education (GSE) and the School of Arts & Sciences at Penn.  Dr. Abiola completed an Ed.D. in Higher Education at Penn, where she also earned an M.S.Ed. in Higher Education along with the Certificate in College and University Teaching; Graduate Certificate in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies; and the Graduate Certificate in Africana Studies.  She also received an M.A. in Clinical Psychology with the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Child and Family Studies from Roosevelt University; and earned a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in African and African Diaspora Studies from Boston College.  Dr. Abiola’s dissertation, which explores colorism and Black Ivy League undergraduates, won a 2018 Dissertation of the Year Award from the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education (AABHE). With a passion for diversity, equity, and inclusion issues in higher education, Dr. Abiola is the Founder, Creator, and 2012-2017 President of We Support Diversity of Mind (WSDM) at Penn GSE.  Dr. Abiola is also Co-Creator of the Wharton Successful Transition & Empowerment Program (STEP) at Penn. She has published numerous scholarly works, presented at many national conferences, and received multiple awards.