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Inclusive History

In support of our mission and grounded in the liberal arts tradition, the University of Richmond has resolved to examine, understand, and communicate our past more fully and inclusively. Our institutional history is neither a singular story nor always one of progress for all members of our community. The University’s past and its legacies intertwine with the City of Richmond, the state of Virginia, and our nation, producing a braided narrative that is at once deep and diverse, complex and painful at times, inspiring at others. Further exploring our past, including the history of the land where the University is now located, provides an opportunity to deepen and share learning with the UR and wider communities.

Following the recommendation of the Presidential Commission for University History and Identity, the University has commissioned a historical consultant and visiting faculty member, Dr. Lauranett Lee, to examine further our institutional history during the 2019-20 academic year, with an emphasis on slavery, segregation, and desegregation. Please check back here for updates on the progress of her research team.

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