Campus perspectives on race and the criminal justice system

The exchange of ideas and discourse is at the heart of our mission here at the University of Oregon.  In that spirit, I am pleased to share Vice President for Equity and Inclusion, Yvette Alex-Assensoh’s recent opinion essay titled, “Are Black Men America’s Proverbial Canaries in the Coal Mine?”   Her essay offers a perspective on the two recent grand jury verdicts and their implications for American democracy.

I encourage people to read it. Dr. Alex-Assensoh is one of several UO experts who have recently shared their thoughts on this issue, as you can read here on Around the O.  

I am proud to share these perspectives and to encourage a civil, peaceful, and respectful dialogue among our campus community members.


Scott Coltrane
Interim President