The Center for Anti-Racism is the centerpiece of the university’s anti-racist work. We host events and programs that align with our mission to support the fight against racism. These opportunities provide space and time for us to spread awareness and engage directly with our community in order to mitigate the impact of racism.

Highlights from Past Events

Virtual Panel on Affirmative Action

On Thursday, July 13, 2023, Temple hosted a virtual panel, The Path Forward: Exploring the Impact of the Supreme Court’s Decision on Affirmative Action, with university experts from IDEAL, the Center for Anti-Racism, Undergraduate Admissions and Beasley School of Law, who engaged in a discussion of the Supreme Court’s decision in Students for Fair Admissions Inc. v. President and Fellows of Harvard and its impact on affirmative action in higher education.

Juneteenth Celebration

On June 19, 2023, the center held an event to celebrate Juneteenth, which commemorates the day, two-and-half years after emancipation, that enslaved persons in Texas received the news.

Ideally Speaking: A Conversation With Ibram X. Kendi

On Jan. 31, 2023, the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, Advocacy and Leadership (IDEAL) welcomed Ibram X. Kendi, CLA 07, 10, back to the nest for a candid discussion on racism. Timothy Welbeck, the center’s director, moderated the event. Read more about this engaging conversation.

Our Grand Opening 

On Nov. 14, 2022, Temple hosted the grand opening of the Center for Anti-Racism. More than 200 people packed the event held at Room 140 in Mazur Hall. Learn more about the event.

High School Students Visit the Center

On Sept. 12, 2022, students from Philadelphia High School for Girls and Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School, the first visitors to the Center for Anti-Racism, were guests at an advance screening of PBS films highlighting Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman—two towering figures in the struggle to end slavery. The film screenings were sponsored by Temple’s Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, Advocacy and Leadership, also known as IDEAL. Read more about their visit.

The Center for Anti-Racism Receives a $1.3 Million Grant

In early 2022, State Representative Malcolm Kenyatta, KLN ’12, awarded Temple University a grant for the construction of the center. Read more about the grant.