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In 2022, we will commemorate Juneteenth here at JCU with three community programs during the week of June 20, for our community to learn about the significance of this day and to engage more deeply in the ongoing work of ensuring that all people experience freedom and dignity. 

All students, faculty, and staff are invited to participate in any or all of the following programs: 

Juneteenth Week Lunch and Learn: Smithsonian Museum of African American History & Culture - virtual tour and discussion Date: Tuesday, June 21 Time: 12:00-1:00 pm Location: O'Dea Room, Lombardo Student Center 

Juneteenth @ Tower Time  Date: Wednesday, June 22 Time: 2:00-2:45 pm  Location: Dolan Science Center Terrace (rain location - DSC Atrium) 

Juneteenth Week Breakfast Discussion: 13th  Date: Thursday, June 23 Time: 9:00-11:00 am  Location: TBD 

See descriptions and register for events here:



The following are a few curated materials we have collected as starting points to guide your own reflections on Juneteenth: 


On the history of Juneteenth: 


On whiteness in a racialized society: 

  • LISTEN -- Seeing White -- this series is Season 2 of the popular podcast "Scene on Radio." It features a series of conversations about our society's construction and understanding of whiteness as a racial category. Choose one and dig in. 
  • WATCH -- "Why are White People So Bad at Talking About Race?" (6:29) -- a brief interview with Robin DiAngelo, author of the book White Fragility: Why it's So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism. 
  • READ -- Peggy Macintosh, "Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack," 1988 -- a classic text for teaching about privilege. Short reflection about making visible the privileges white skin can confer in a racialized society. 
  • REFLECT -- An Examen for White Allies -- this reflection draws upon the Ignatian custom of praying the daily Examen to draw aspiring white allies into deeper consideration of their role in racial justice. Published June 3 by the Ignatian Solidarity Network. 


Voices and narratives about the experience of racism:  

  • LISTEN -- Come Through with Rebecca Carroll - this podcast series from WNYC features "15 essential conversations on race." Consider particularly Episode 8, "Call it a Lynching," which features Elie Mystal speaking about the murder of Ahmaud Arbery this past February. 
  • READ -- Walking While Black -- by Garnette Cadogan. Literary Hub, 2016. A powerful personal essay about daily life in a city as a Black man. 
  • REFLECT -- Kyla Lacey reads her poem "White Privilege" (3:46) -- powerful spoken-word performance (content warning: strong language)   


(Some of) our faith traditions on racial justice: 


On celebration and joy: 


Films on Kanopy:

All JCU community members have access to the Kanopy streaming digital movie library through Grasselli Library & Breen Learning Center. You can log on and create an account at

When you log on, you will see that there are several films addressing racism in America featured on Kanopy's home page at the moment. A few you might consider: 


University Heights Juneteenth Celebration:  

  • Sunday, June 19, 2022, 1:30 pm - 8:30 pm, Walter Stinson Community Park | 2301 Fenwick Rd. University Heights, OH, 44118. Performers at the inaugural University Heights Juneteenth Celebration will include the All City Choir, DJ Marcus Alan Ward, local poets including Raja Belle Freeman, dancers, and a concert from Forecast. Local Black fraternities and sororities will participate. The emcee for the event will be Kierra Cotton from WKYC.


Other local events: 

  • Cleveland Juneteenth Freedom Fest: Saturday, June 18 from 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm on Mall C in the heart of Downtown Cleveland, the city-wide, family-friendly celebration and commemoration of Juneteenth will feature a mainstage performance by Karamu House, the country’s oldest Black producing theatre and a fireworks finale.

    Festivities will also include a vendor village to spotlight Black businesses and entrepreneurs; community programming and education, spoken-word performances, interactive art demonstrations, food trucks, and beverage concessions.

  • Lake County NAACP Freedom Fest:  June 18, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Veterans Park, 1 Liberty St, Painesville, OH. The formal commemorative program will be held from 11AM – 12PM and will include a performance by Women in History, Robin Echols Cooper, as Sojourner Truth, as well as speeches by local youth winners of the "Stop The Hate" essay contest. There will be a variety of Lake County businesses and organizations with booths setup in the park along with a beer booth, food vendors and music through the afternoon.  

March 26, 2021 - National Day of Action and Healing #StopAsianHate - learn how to support and take action here.



Documentaries & Videos


  • Self Evident: Self Evident is where we tell Asian America’s stories to explore what it really means to claim America today. Each episode presents an in-depth story or conversation from specific communities within the Asian diasporas in America.
  • Moonface: A fiction show about a Korean American son (Joel Kim Booster) who wants to come out to his mom (Esther Moon), but can't because they don't speak the same language.



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Recent articles from our DEI division staff:

University statements and other materials: 

Prayer and Reflection:


News articles: 


Are you trying to figure out good ways to start the conversation about race and racial justice with people in your life? If this is the first time you have had these conversations, the following resources might help:   


Looking for a book to read to learn more? We've got you covered: 


Podcasts recommended by our community members:



Looking for more? The following resource guides include many films, books, articles and more: 

We have collaborated with the Staff Council Working Parents & Guardians ERG to compile the following resources for children: 

For those processing trauma, grief, or fear because of what is happening in the world, we see you and we support you. Please take advantage of available resources: 

  • Staff Council's Employee Resource Groups provide a place for staff (and in some cases, faculty as well) to come together in a safe and supportive environment with others. Contact ERG leaders to find out more about their work. 
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP): All employees of JCU (full and part-time) are eligible for support services (counseling, legal assistance, resources, referrals and more) through our EAP, Impact Solutions. Most services are available at no charge to the employee. JCU's company code is jcueap. 
  • University Counseling Center: Provides support services to students during the academic year. For referrals to other services during the summer months, see additional links on their website. 
  • Center for Student Diversity & Inclusion: Our CSDI staff is available to help students access resources, support services, peer connections, and educational opportunities throughout the year. 
  • Campus Ministry: John Carroll’s Campus Ministry department is available to offer spiritual support and reflection to those of all faiths and no faith. Stay in the loop by signing up for the daily Speedbumps and Campus Ministry e-bulletin
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