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    Davidson's Commission on Race and Slavery expands our commitment to building and strengthening campus and community dialogue around the issues of justice, equality and community. By examining our own history with respect to race, we honor our commitment to the quest for truth as we strive to prepare students lives of leadership in service to humanity.

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Commission on Race and Slavery


In keeping with Davidson's commitment to the quest for truth, the Commission on Race and Slavery will assist the college community in building a comprehensive understanding of the college's own history, which is intertwined with the institution and legacies of slavery and the lives of enslaved persons.

The Commission will guide the development and launch of research projects and additional teaching and learning initiatives through which the Davidson community can investigate and acknowledge the college's history with slavery and race as well as its historical relationships with African American communities.

These initiatives will include (among others): teaching, research, scholarship, educational exhibitions, public events and other means of community engagement, college-created media content and permanent recognition of these aspects of our history.


Davidson's Commission on Race and Slavery elevates the college's ongoing commitment to justice, equality and community, and supports Davidson's mission of cultivating humane instincts, recognizing the dignity and value of each person.

The Commission will be made up of students, faculty, staff, alumni, trustees and community members.

With this initiative, to include new courses, collaborations and initiatives with the community to help build broader public discussion, active citizenship and global problem-solving, Davidson joins the multi-institutional collaboration Universities Studying Slavery (USS). The USS addresses issues of race and inequality in higher education and in university communities, as well as the legacies of slavery.

As a liberal arts college, Davidson has a responsibility to demonstrate the crucial value of scholarly inquiry to public life and to fulfilling this country's promise. To seek a full understanding of the college's history with respect to slavery and race is to honor the college's commitment to the quest for truth, as we strive to prepare students for thoughtful, creative lives of leadership in service to humanity.

Davidson College's efforts are strengthened by our primary purpose, the closeness of the Davidson community and the support and commitment to the college found there.