Virginia Conference on Race

Virginia Conference on Race

Contact: Dr. Carrie Murawski,

The Virginia Conference on Race (VCR) is a two-day conference. Thursday evening kicks off the conference with keynote speaker Dr. Morgan Smalls (James Madison University). On Friday, talented undergraduate and graduate students will present scholarship engaging diversity in a variety of contexts and through different theoretical lenses. VCR welcomes students from Roanoke College, students from neighboring institutions, our own faculty/staff, and members of the community! Students from all Virginia higher education institutions are welcome to submit an abstract of their work examining race and critiquing racial oppression to present at the conference. The deadline for submissions is February 1, 2022. The theme of the conference mirrors the current Center for Studying Structures of Race theme: intersections. 

Conference presenters and registered conference attendees participating in at least 3/5 of the conference are eligible for the Certificate of Civic Engagement in Race Studies. Registration is optional for attendees. However, we ask that all community members interested in the certificate register prior to the event. 

The student conference will be hosted in a couple of rooms on the first floor of the Colket Center from 9:40 a.m. - 3:20 p.m on Friday, April 8, 2022. On-site registration and presenter check-in will begin at 9 a.m.  

The inaugural Virginia Conference on Race is sponsored by Roanoke College’s Center for Studying Structures of Race.

For more information about the keynote lecture, student conference, and Certificate of Civic Engagement in Race Studies, visit the Virginia Conference on Race website. Also, visit the website for the submission form to present your work and to register for the conference.