Vanderbilt faculty discuss America’s struggle for racial equality

Dr. André L. Churchwell, vice chancellor for outreach, inclusion and belonging and chief diversity officer, hosted a panel of Vanderbilt faculty earlier this fall to discuss the state of racial justice in America. Among the topics covered was how art can offer hope during unsettled times and help create a more just, civil and moral society.  

The discussion, which was moderated by Churchwell, included the following panelists: 

    • Caroline Randall Williams, writer-in-residence, Department of Medicine, Health and Society 
    • Alice Randall, writer-in-residence, Department of African American and Diaspora Studies 
    • Karla McKanders, clinical professor of law, associate director, Vanderbilt Legal Clinic 

“What art can do is offer a lens into a more spiritual and moral truth that allows us all to expand our imaginations when we connect with it … which is humanizing and society building,” Williams said.  

The event was a follow-up to the Racial Justice, Freedom and Activism in Nashville and Beyond: Then and Now Symposium, which was hosted in March 2021 by the Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in partnership with the Chancellor’s Lecture Series and the Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy. The symposium, which examined Nashville’s role as an intellectual center of the struggle for racial justice, featured a diverse panel of renowned civil rights and social justice activists, journalists, historians and scholars. Learn more >>