Campus/Community Dialogue on Race will take place Oct. 25 - Oct. 29, 2021 Please check in for more information!


The Campus & Community Dialogue on Race (CDOR) is an annual event at Humboldt State University that invites students, staff, faculty, administrators, and community members to present and attend programs that relate to racial justice and its intersections with all forms of oppression and resistance. Our objective is to create spaces and structures for reflection, analysis, dialogue and positive strategies for change. 

The vision of Campus & Community Dialogue on Race is to achieve racial, social, and environmental justice. The program's mission is to promote and facilitate social and environmental change by engaging a diverse range of individuals, communities, and viewpoints to explore the impact of racism and its intersections with all forms of oppression. In addition, students can earn a unit of credit in ES 480, Campus & Community Dialogue on Race. This year's theme is Global Justice for Black Lives: Examining the Past and Reimagining the Future.

Celebrating 22 years of CDOR, this year's Dialogue extends beyond one week, running from October 26 (Mon) through October 30 (Fri) then a virtual Book Talk "Just Us: The Space of the Conversation" at 11am, followed by CDOR/Big Read keynote "The Making of Citizen" by author Claudia Rankine at 2pm on Nov. 7 (Sat) following the U.S. Presidential election.

HSU is one of 84 organizations nationwide to receive a National Endowment for the Arts Big Read grant.  An Arts Endowment initiative in partnership with Arts Midwest, the NEA Big Read facilitates ways for communities to share a good book.  Claudia Rankine's award-winning book Citizen: An American Lyric helps readers come to terms with the continued realities of racism in the U.S. The book demonstrates that anti-Black racism and white supremacy remain widely unexamined and unchecked.  Over a dozen local organizations in Humboldt County have committed to reading this book and to working for systemic change in our community.  More information is available on the program's website:

We will be welcoming back Lawrence Ross who presented during Black Liberation Month earlier this year.  Ross will be presenting a virtual follow-up on the talk on the politics of race on America's colleges at 2pm on Oct. 26 (Mon).  Ross has written a total of seven books on the African American experience, including Blackballed: The Black & White Politics of Race on America's Campuses, that explores the present and historical issues of racism on hundreds of American college campuses, and how that ties into today's #BlackLivesMatter.

We are also excited that Dr. Bettina Love will virtually present for the "So You Want to Teach" event at 5pm on Oct. 27 (Tue).  Dr. Love is an award-winning author and Associate Professor of Educational Theory & Practice at the University of Georgia.  She is one of the field's most esteemed educational researchers in the areas of how anti-blackness operates in schools, Hip Hop education, and urban education.  Her work is also concerned with how teachers and schools working with parents and communities can build communal, civically engaged schools rooted in intersectional social justice for the goal of equitable classroom.


Humboldt State University is located on the present and ancestral Homeland and unceded territory of the Wiyot Tribe. Please donate to the Wiyot Tribe honor tax. We encourage direct giving to Tribes and Native-led efforts. Tribes and Nations in Humboldt County include Hupa, Karuk, Mattole, Tolowa, Wailaki, Wiyot, Yurok. We make this land acknowledgement in recognition that our words must be matched by action and approach. Please learn from Dr. Cutcha Risling Baldy's lecture "What Good Is a Land Acknowledgment?"


2020 CDOR workshop topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Poetry and art as resistance
  • Race, racism and racial justice
  • Intersectionality
  • Citizenship, border walls, xenophobia, and immigration justice
  • DACA and AB 540
  • Refugees
  • Sanctuary movement
  • Deconstructing dehumanization, disposability, and othering
  • Queer resistance
  • Ethnic studies in K-12
  • Fascism and anti-fascist movements
  • Voter suppression, voter rights, and radical democracy
  • Election activism
  • Whiteness -- white fragility, white rage, white privilege and active anti-racism
  • Microaggression
  • Housing insecurity / access and legal services
  • Politics of health care
  • Reproductive justice
  • Police state / community accountability
  • Prison industrial complex / restorative justice / transformative justice
  • Decolonization/settler-colonialism
  • Food sovereignty
  • Environmental justice, food justice, and climate justice
  • Fat / body positivity / body justice
  • Liberation theology
  • Alternative media / independent media /“fake news” / media bashing
  • Economic justice
  • Reparations
  • Accessibility / disability justice / neurodiversity
  • Mental health
  • Self care, wellness, and sustainable activism