Racial Justice and Inclusion

“Our obligation as a learning community is to engage the tough but necessary conversations which challenge bias and prejudice and together create a stronger, more unified, beautifully diverse nation. Our purpose is not simply to graduate educated citizens. It is to graduate leaders capable of and committed to making our communities, our states and our nation more fair, more just and more compassionate. That potential requires education, to be sure, but it also requires the courage to speak and the confidence to lead. Those are qualities we strive to help our students develop at Franklin College. The future of our world demands them.” — President Kerry N. Prather, June 1, 2020

“For too many years, we have witnessed the shocking violence of racism in images and names in the media. All are poignant reminders of the reality that Black lives matter, which has never been more vital.” — Board Chair James Due and President Prather, June 17, 2020

Franklin College affirms its commitment to racial equity, justice and inclusion as an institution dedicated to making the world a better place for all people. We pledge to work intentionally and proactively with all our constituencies to create an equitable, supportive and respectful environment for our Black students, faculty, staff and alumni within our campus and within the community of Franklin. In addition to on-going initiatives through the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, faculty and staff are identifying appropriate next steps toward inclusivity and anti-racism. Please access the links below to see more detail. This site will be updated with information and opportunities to learn more.

Campus Communication

June 17, 2020 – Message to the College Community from Board Chair James Due and President Prather
June 1, 2020 – Message to Franklin College Students from Dean Jones
June 1, 2020 – Message to the College Community from President Prather


Anti-Racism Resources

Bitmoji Scenes Racism Edition

Social Change: Everyone Has a Role to Play

Being an Ally to the Black Community with Taylor McElwain (class of 2019) and Terri Roberts-Leonard (1 hour)

Creating an Anti-Racist Campus with Dr. Alexandria White (1 hour 11 minutes)

Call to Action: Anti-Racism at Franklin College with Terri Roberts-Leonard (20 minutes)
(Please note this webinar was not aired live. It is intended to provide some suggestions of tangible things that we can do to move forward as requested by several people.)