Upcoming Events

Anti-blackness must be pulled from its roots. We must do the work to uproot the seeds that were planted in us long before we had a conscious.


EDOC Events At A Glance

We welcome ANYONE who would like to join our events!
From students to postdocs to faculty members to staff to community members!

We'd love to have you! Come as you are, with an open mind.

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Wednesday November 18, 2020
Theme: School to Prison Pipeline and Education Inequities
Watch Together 5:00-6:15 PM (or watch on your own prior)
Conversation 6:20 -7:15 PM

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Wednesday December 9, 2020
Understanding Hierarchies through an excerpt from Caste
Read Together 5:30 - 6:00 PM (or on your own prior)
Conversation 6:15 - 7:15 PM

Friends of EDOC and Other Community Events

Thursday December 3, 2020
7:30 - 8:15 PM EDT

The Black Excellence at Unilever (BE U) Group Presents: No More Hidden Figures
Join 3 UConn Engineering Alum (Mikayla Alexandra, Kia Huggan, and Stephany Santos), among others, for a panel conversation!

Friday December 18, 2020
2-3 PM EDT

American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Presents: Black Engineering Faculty Speak
Black Engineering Faculty Speak was created in response to the numerous injustices that have taken place in our nation against Black people, and to address racial equity and social justice in the STEM academy. It was inspired by a desire for change after the George Floyd killing, and the hashtag BlackInTheIvory went viral on Twitter.

Sustained or Continued Growth Opportunities

Join an anti-racist book club hosted by the John Lof Leadership Academy (based in the School of Engineering at UConn)

Next book starts December 8th!

Email engr-jlla@uconn.edu for more information or to get involved!

The School of Engineering is hosting "SOE Reads" beginning with the book How to be Anti-Racist.  Join the group and conversation here: https://www.engr.uconn.edu/soe-reads/ 


**Please check back frequently for further updates. If you have any suggestions or questions please email kevin.j.mclaughlin@uconn.edu , stephany.santos@uconn.edu , or velda.alfred@uconn.edu 

Past Events

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We hosted a virtual meet & greet for first generation undergraduate, graduate students, staff and faculty on a new platform called Toucan.events

We watched an excerpt from the famous James Baldwin debate with William F Buckley, followed by an inspirational group discussion. Here are the slides from the event: CommunityConversation_10-28-20


We watched the very eye-opening and powerful interview by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, author of the book How to Be Antiracist, followed by an engaging and invigorating group discussion. Here are the slides from the event: CommunityConversation_9-30-20

Tuesday June 23, 2020 June 30, 2020

Please continue to refer and update the Anti-Racist Action Planner Worksheet

Happy Juneteenth!

Please read our letter to learn more about the history of Juneteenth, and how you/we can honor and celebrate this important holiday: JuneteenthNotice

We had a great conversation on June 11th, and would like to continue the conversation on 6/16/20 at 5:00 PM. In this Community Conversation, we would like to pull quotes from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Letter from a Birmingham Jail and discuss how it applies today and at UConn. Even if you didn't join last time, please join us this time. If possible, please read or re-read this letter prior to attending (this will take ~30-40 minutes). If you don't read it, please come anyway.

Please RSVP here at any time prior to the event. A Zoom link will be sent on June 16th to join.

The Mansfield COR (Conversation on Race) is hosting a Racial Justice Candlelight Vigil at 8:00 PM at the Central Green in the Storrs Center/Downtown Storrs. There is also a solidarity walk afterwards.


Today is Justin Niezrecki's birthday. Justin was an incredible and loving engineering student who we lost December 2019.  He wanted people to love and be active socially and politically. The Niezrecki family is hosting a movie night with a screening of:

  • 7 PM - Spider man into the Spider-verse (Justin's favorite movie)
  • 9:30 PM - Mudbound (in support of #blacklivesmatter)

Visit this page for a virtual movie ticket or to donate to the scholarship 


We are providing a space to process your thoughts from June 10th (and beyond) and hosting a discussion of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Letter from a Birmingham Jail at 11:00 AM. If possible, please read or re-read this letter prior to attending (this will take ~30-40 minutes). If you don't read it, please come anyway.

Please RSVP here to join us, and we will send you the link to our virtual conversation

Here are our excerpts and discussion points: MLK - Letter From a Birmingham Jail - Discussion starter

Here are the slides from this event: CommunityConversation2-MLK Letter_V2

Wednesday June 10th

We stand in solidarity with the movement #shutdownacademia and #shutdownstem, (this link also has resources and guidelines for Healing from Anti-Black Racism) which is calling for all meetings, research and "business as usual to be canceled." We commit to cancelling our business as usual meetings, and encourage you to do the same.

Please take some time to revisit or create your individual action plan, and check out resources such as this list

The group COR (Conversation on Race) Mansfield is hosting an Anti-Racism Demonstration 6:30 - 7:30 PM in the Community Parking Lot on Rt. 195/Rt. 89 in Mansfield, CT. Instructions are to:

  • Wear a mask
  • Make/bring a shirt/sign/flag
  • Please social distance
  • Bring sunscreen and water

Here are resources for protesting:

  1. Guide to Protesting
  2. Rights and Risks of Protesting
  3. How to Safely Protest
  4. Securing your Phone Before Protesting


  1. You can watch the livestream of George Floyd's funeral at 12 PM on either KHOU or The Fountain of Praise Church Website
  2. We invite everyone (students, staff, faculty, community members) to join us for a community conversation at 5 PM which will include a time and space to:
    • Debrief any emotions or thoughts
    • Engage in dialogue for developing individual action plans for change
    • Engage in group discussions on initiatives we proposed in our open letter

Here are our slides: EDOC Community Conversation 1

Here is the Individual Action Plan Worksheet we shared.