2021 Spotlight on Heller Racial, Multicultural Equity & Justice Momentum

January to July 2021


Heller Inaugural 21-Day Challenge Winter Session

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Ceremony


Race, Religion and Justice

  • New course offered in Spring 2021
  • EID workshops and trainings for campus departments including department of Neurology (February) and Hornstein (March)
  • 3 Self-care/self-love workshops hosted by community partner Radical Joy, Inc. in February, March, May
  • 2 community healing spaces to process: 1) the continued loss of lives, and 2) the Derek Chauvin verdict

Slavery, Structural Racism and the Struggle for Reparations in the U.S.

  • Panel discussion co-sponsored with COEX program, featuring Dreisen Heath of Human Rights Watch & Research Scientist Peter Dixon

7-Day Neurodiversity Challenge

  • More than 200 participants

Faculty Activity Report 2021

  • 59% responded to DEI question compared to 34% in 2020, the inaugural year

Spotlight on President Biden’s First 100 Days

  • "Vaccine Equity and Efficacy in the Time of COVID Variants," moderated by Maria Madison
  • "Anita Hill on the Future of Equality and the U.S. Supreme Court," moderated by Maria Madison and Cindy Thomas
New Comprehensive Recruitment, Onboarding Policy
  • To ensure equitable, inclusive and diverse recruitment of Heller staff and researchers

First DEI In-Depth Orientation for Admitted Students

  • In partnership with Heller Admissions


Pilot of Racial Equity Action Challenge at Heller (REACH)

  • In partnership with the Racial Equity Student Working Group, Social Impact MBA Program Director Carole Carlson

Commemoration of the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda

  • Survivors shared testimonies; academics discussed how to prevent genocide

Near-Peer Mentoring Program Growth

  • 8 participants in 2019 to 100 participants in 2021
  • Collaboration across Heller Career Services, Alumni Office & EID office
  • New partnership with student-led REACH team