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Senior Leaders in Higher Education Address Racism and Bias: A Conversation with Distinguished Duke Alumni

Race and Bias Conversations
Tuesday, March 09, 2021
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman (PhD'12) and George Wright (PhD'77)
Race and Bias Conversations

The death of George Floyd and the COVID-19 pandemic have exacerbated widening racial disparities in higher education, challenging senior leaders to respond in innovative ways to address these issues on their campuses. In this conversation, two distinguished Duke Graduate School alumni serving in higher education diversity and inclusion roles will discuss their institutions' efforts in addressing racism, bias, and inclusion. Participants can join in an interactive Q&A during the final 15 minutes.

The featured alumni are:

- Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman (Ph.D.'12 Sociology), the senior advisor to the president and provost for diversity and inclusion at the University of South Florida, and an associate professor in the Department of Sociology

- George Wright (Ph.D.'77 History), the presidential senior advisor and interim vice president for institutional diversity at the University of Kentucky, and president emeritus of Prairie View A&M University

This event is part of The Graduate School's Race and Bias Conversations series. Questions? Contact Assistant Dean J. Alan Kendrick at or Assistant Dean Francisco Ramos at

Contact: Francisco Ramos