Skip to main content
News

Furman has a role in addressing racism

top colleges
Furman University

Editor’s Note: We regret the use of the phrase “companion piece” in an earlier version of this story. We regularly post on our website and in social media commentary or media mentions of Furman faculty, staff, students and alumni as a way to celebrate their work and ideas. Our intention in posting Justin King’s op-ed was to ensure that we provided the same opportunity for his commentary, even if it pointed out areas in which our university must improve, including how we address racial justice. Without sharing the content of Justin King’s op-ed, the Greenville Journal invited President Davis to submit a column to run in the same issue, and the publication made the decision to run them together in its printed edition and on its website. We offer this only as an explanation, understanding there is much we need to learn and do to be a better university.

In a guest column in The Greenville Journal, Furman University President Elizabeth Davis wrote, “As much as we must teach empathy and citizenship, universities have a duty to acknowledge and take action against racism – with humility and the understanding that we have much to learn and can only do so by listening to those who directly experience racism.”

Although Furman has taken significant steps to address institutional ties to slavery, segregation and injustice, recent incidents of racism across the country “remind us that we need to do so much more. We must confront this moment with empathy and a spirit of caring, but also with conviction and a call to action,” Davis wrote.

 

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Last updated .

Screenshot of students participating in virtual Business & Entrepreneurship Boot Camp

Second Summer Business and Entrepreneurship Boot Camp graduates 42

The annual three-week camp is designed to give non-business majors the chance to master the foundations of business and the fundamentals of entrepreneurship.

Illustration of a coronavirus in a jail cell

Justicia fights for COVID-19 protections for people who are incarcerated

Legal clinic gives students firsthand experience with law while keeping virus in check

Committed to First-Generation College Students

Furman University was elected to first cohort focused on advancing first-generation student success.

Stock photo of a person with a backpack, wearing a hoodie, with hands up.

Unfounded fear helps fuel police violence

Despite evidence that policing is relatively safe, social amplification increases police fear of being harmed by civilians