Action 3: Understand Our History

Work to understand the realities of our history and any linkage to systemic racism.

Current Progress

  • Meredith is working with other institutions in pursuing the truth of their histories through the Universities Studying Slavery initiative. This group of scholars is working not only to understand history and its contexts, but also seeks to understand and dismantle the ways that racism continues to work in higher education.
 
  • Faculty and students are creating an archive of oral history interviews with politically active women of color from across the state and region. Partner schools for this project are Shaw University, Guilford College, Johnson C. Smith University, Flagler College (Florida), Tuskegee University (Alabama), and Benedict College (South Carolina).
 
  • Voices of Change Political Institute, an initiative facilitated by Meredith College and its community partners to elevate and support the political engagement of Black women and women of color, is a new partnership of Meredith College, Advance NC, and the North Carolina Black Alliance. The Institute is part of a multiyear project funded by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) and the Gilder-Lehrman Center at Yale University.
 
  • The Marketing Department, Archives staff, and History Department revised the College timeline to present a more comprehensive picture of its history, one that includes the contributions of students, faculty, staff, and alumnae of color.
 
  • The Task Force on Historical Context and Naming at Meredith was co-chaired by the Board of Trustees Chair and Vice Chair. The committee, which included trustees, alumnae, and employees, was diverse by race, gender, and age. Committee members developed a process for discussing the history and context of the naming and potential renaming of buildings at Meredith College. The committee is not responsible for making decisions to change the names of any buildings, programs, or other entities at Meredith. The Meredith College Board of Trustees is the exclusive authority on renaming decisions. In April 2022, the Board announced a decision to rename Lux Hall as part of this initiative.