Anti-Black Racism Initiatives (ABRI)

Arcadia’s Anti-Black Racism Initiatives (ABRI) impact all members of our University community—from prospective and current students, to faculty and staff, alumni to leadership, and to our donors, friends, and neighbors. Since President Nair first announced Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) and ABRI as our focus, we have collaborated to advance and develop our initiatives with an eye toward action. While our work continues, we would like to provide a synthesized update to share some of Arcadia’s progress to date.

Nov. 9, 2021 – Chronicle of Higher Education: Race on Campus

The Chronicle spoke with President Ajay Nair, Provost Jeff Rutenbeck, and Assistant Vice President for Access, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Angela McNeil, who are all quoted in the article. The article discusses Arcadia's JEDI and anti-Black Racism Initiatives; how the University's efforts to combat anti-Black racism fall into three categories: personal, professional, and institutional; and that "racial justice for African Americans will translate into a more-just society for all."

University Messages

Arcadia Launches Center for Anti-Racist Scholarship, Advocacy, and Action

Nov. 16, 2021

The anti-Black Racism Initiatives (ABRI) Project Team and the Provost’s Office at Arcadia University announced the establishment of the Center for Anti-Racist Scholarship, Advocacy, and Action (CASAA)--an interdisciplinary academic center that will bring together individuals from the University, the local community, and wider world to shape the thinking and mindset about racism across the globe.


Follow-up on Community of Practice and Care

March 19, 2021

"One of the many things I cherish about our community is our candor, especially in our most challenging moments. Thank you for sharing your feelings and experiences through our leadership “check-ins.” Hearing directly from you helps our leadership teams serve you to the best of our abilities. We were reminded that we must provide space to grieve the losses suffered through the pandemic and acknowledge the increasing demands and professional and personal challenges that many of our community members have been facing."


ABRI Spring Conversations and Communities of Practice

Jan. 19, 2021

The ABRI Project Team continues the work started in the 2020-21 Academic Year with the framework introduced by President Nair. In the Spring 2021 semester, further feedback was gathered during staff and faculty communities of practice exploring two books: Black Fatigue; How Racism Rodes the Mind, Body, and Spirit or The Racial Healing Handbook: Practical Activities to Help you Challenge privilege, Confront Systemic Racism, and Engage in Collective Healing. Arcadia community members were also invited to ABRI conversations through Zoom as well as surveys.


On Oct. 26, President Nair served as a panelist for a Chronicle of Higher Education webinar, “Advancing Diversity and Inclusion in a Changing Time.”

Featured News

July 8, 2021

Following a year of progression on its ABRI, which were implemented by President Ajay Nair and Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Jeff Rutenbeck in June 2020, Arcadia University faculty and staff examined curriculum, scholarship, and professional development this summer in the Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) as well as ABRI frameworks.

Arcadia Examines Curriculum, Professional Development in ABRI and JEDI Framework

May 26, 2021

The six action steps presented by President Nair tasks the ABRI team with over three dozen initiatives that advance Arcadia in its mission to make the University a more welcoming and inclusive place for all students. During a Spring Conversations event with the campus community, the ABRI team presented on the interconnectedness of the University community through the campus-wide efforts to combat anti-Black racism.

Arcadia Community Advances ABRI Efforts

RESOURCE: Centralized Inventory of ABRI Offerings

The Anti-Black Racism Committee (ABRI) compiled a resource for the Arcadia University community. This overview inventoried the past decade of Arcadia University's offerings on diversity, equity, and inclusion by the department and unit that sponsored the initiative.


Resources in Action

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The Living Our Values Experience (LOVE) program brings students, faculty, and staff together to do antiracist work and study and develop practices and interconnections between structural systems of discrimination and oppression, including bias, stereotype, prejudice, microaggressions, privilege, and power.

LOVE Pilot Program

Addressing the nationwide lack of diversity and cultural competency in the teaching profession, Arcadia’s Social Action and Justice Education (SAJE) Fellowship prepares students to serve as classroom teachers, provide mentorship in diverse communities, and lead schools, programs, and educational opportunities geared toward social justice.

SAJE Fellowship Program

OECR is committed to promoting, supporting and providing resources to sustain a living, learning and working environment of diversity, equality, fairness, inclusion and respect where all members of the University community are valued.

Office of Equity and Civil Rights

The Center for Teaching, Learning, and Mentoring (CTLM) works to energize and amplify faculty, staff, and student efforts to support Arcadia’s innovative pedagogies and adaptive strategies.

Center for Teaching, Learning, and Mentoring

Contact Us

Office of Access, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Grey Towers Castle, 2nd Floor left side 
215-517- 2657 or 215-572-2960


Angela McNeil
Assistant Vice President of Access, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion