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Racial Justice and Equity

We are in the midst of an important national reckoning on race and injustice in America. Whether this historic moment proves to be a turning point for our nation or merely another episode in the painful chronicles of violence and apology will depend on what we decide to do together and how hard we are willing to work. At the Batten School, we are committed to developing the kind of people and ideas that will solve humanity’s toughest challenges. We are called not just to observe, but to participate in the change we wish to see. In confronting issues of racial justice and equity, we have an opportunity to bring forward the very best thinking of our social psychology and leadership colleagues, our economists, our political scientists, our public administration and democracy scholars, and our policy and action practitioners. With the commitment of our faculty, and our students and alumni, we are eager to contribute meaningfully to this national dialogue, with courage, ambition, humility, and hope.

Below is a collection of recent activities on this issue by the Batten community. These are neither the beginning nor the end of our efforts. Please continue to visit this page as new work is posted, but more importantly, please get involved. Join us in a spirit of common purpose to spur, enact, and sustain foundational change.

Dean Ian H. Solomon

Research and Commentary


Aug 26, 2020

Learning from Tragedy

In 2017, a group of UVA deans and other members of the University community offered recommendations in the wake of the Unite the Right rally. Three years later, Risa Goluboff, dean of the law school, spoke with Dean Ian Solomon about what the group learned and how our nation has evolved.

Aug 20, 2020

Remembering August 11th and 12th

Last week, on the third anniversary of the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, three witnesses spoke on a panel moderated by Batten’s dean, Ian Solomon. Now famous around the world, the rally spanned two days and brought white supremacists and counter-protestors together in a violent clash that killed one demonstrator and injured many others.


Engaging with MLK's Words, Life and Legacy
Jan 20, 2022 / 2:30-4:00 PM EDT
The Dean's Suite (Garrett Hall 200)

In celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., please join Dean Ian Solomon for a Batten community reading and dialogue.

Batten Reads: Celebrating Juneteenth
June 18, 2021 / 10:30–11:30AM
UVA’s Memorial to Enslaved Laborers and the Garden of Pavilion X

Please join Batten School Dean Ian Solomon as he marks Juneteenth (a day early) with reflection and celebration on Friday, June 18, from 10:30–11:30AM.

The third event in the series will take place directly following the announcement of the verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin. This panel event will include a discussion of the verdict between community organizers, activists and scholars with expertise in organizing advocacy efforts, collective healing and trust-building in response to instances of racial injustice.


As part of an ongoing series, UVA Law professor Anne Coughlin and Batten School professor Brian N. Williams will co-moderate a panel discussion that draws upon subject matter experts to discuss a range of police topics, including the history of the profession, its culture, standards and training, accountability mechanisms and future efforts to reform.


As part of Batten's Black History Month programming, please join us for a special Batten Hour double header, featuring remarks from Dean Solomon on the IDEA Project Competition, followed by our guest speaker, Dr. Keesha Middlemass, Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Howard University.