News and Events of Interest
Unity and Progress
Hartford Seminary is committed to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
After the tragic deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and others, President Joel N. Lohr encouraged the Seminary community in June 2020 to work with him and senior leaders to address how we as an organization—systemically—will deliver on our commitment to support racial justice and the Black Lives Matter movement.
President Lohr tasked the Seminary’s Senior Leadership team with making recommendations to address systemic and historic racial inequities both internally and externally. The Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees adopted several of these recommendations, including:
- Hiring a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer
Lorraine Browne, who has worked at Hartford Seminary in various positions since 2007, was promoted to that position on July 30, 2020.
- Establishing a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advisory Council
The council, which had its first meeting on Sept. 17, 2020, is chaired by Lorraine Browne. Other members are:
- Naseem Shaikh, Trustee
- Ann Crawford, Chief Operations Officer
- Jean Amos Lys, Trustee
- Lucinda Mosher, Faculty Associate in Interfaith Studies
In its first meeting on Sept. 17, 2020, the council established an annual meeting schedule and began a review of the recommendations put forward by the Seminary’s Senior Leadership Team. The council also agreed that the Seminary’s website should include a section on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to serve as a clearinghouse for internal initiatives, news, resources, and upcoming events. The council is beginning to examine opportunities for structured dialogue on race and social justice, implement a process to respond to racial incidents at the Seminary, as well as partner with and support other groups in Hartford working to further social justice. As the council begins to compile and analyze various data, diversity targets will be established and shared.
RACIAL JUSTICE AND HEALING with Celene Ibrahim, Ph.D.
Sunday, Nov. 8
5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Drawing on excerpted writings and teachings of prominent anti-racism advocates from a variety of spiritual and religious backgrounds, this workshop via Zoom offers inspiration and community for those invested in the work of racial justice and advocacy. Learn more
We welcome your voice, your thoughts, and suggestions as we work together for racial and social justice. Please email Lorraine Browne – email@example.com.
- White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
- Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
- Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? by Hartford Seminary alumna Beverly Daniel Tatum
- Witnessing Whiteness by Shelly Tochluk
- Race Matters by Cornel West
- Jews and Blacks by Cornel West and Michael Lerner
As we work collectively to champion for change, we’d like to highlight various initiatives that bridge the divide and unify efforts for racial and social justice.