ICARE for Social Justice

Spring Summit Conference 2023 (#ICARE4Justice)

May 9th-13th · Hartford & Storrs, Connecticut, United States

The Intersectional and Comparative Advancement of Racial Equity for Social Justice

The purpose of the Global Summer Summit is to bring together a group of transnational critical scholar-practitioners to analyze, assess and design important considerations for establishing a global strategy and framework for advancing equity for racially and ethnically minoritized communities in education research, praxis and policy. Participants in the summit will have the opportunity to share best practices with each other as they present their diversity and inclusion research related to the promotion of access and equity for racially and ethnically minoritized communities in higher education. Participants will also have the opportunity to cultivate global frameworks centered on racial equity.

The overall plan is for this summit to result in several conference deliverables to disseminate the global framework cultivated including a podcast series, a white paper outlining the framework, a transnational grant, symposia panels, and a special research journal issue. The Intersectional and Comparative Advancement of Racial Equity for Social Justice is a program designed to advance graduate students, faculty, policy makers and community organizers interested in global issues related to racial equity, intersectionality, social justice, decoloniality and anti-colonialism.

Report 2022

Report Cover ICARE4Justice 2022The impetus for the 3-year ICARE4Justice Summits emerged out of a desire to develop a transnationally-informed, comparative, decolonization framework with a specific lens on anti-Blackness to advance racial equity in higher education. The initial engagement around establishing a global framework for advancing racial equity in higher education occurred during a transnational Summit in January 2020. This first Racial Equity Summit in The Netherlands was a collaboration between ECHO (Center for Diversity Policy in The Netherlands), the Interdisciplinary Research Institute for InEquality (IRISE) at the University of Denver, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Hague University of Applied Sciences, and The Ohio State University. Fifteen U.S.-based scholars, including faculty, graduate students, and practitioners, partnered with colleagues from these institutions and agencies in The Netherlands to learn from our colleagues about efforts they have engaged in toward increasing access and equity at the local level. Building from the success of the 2020 Racial Equity Summit, collaborators from the University of Connecticut, ECHO, and the University of Nottingham organized the 3-year plan for ICARE4Justice Summit which was first held in the Netherlands with two of the days hosted by the Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam and The Hague University of Applied Sciences. Read the full Report.


The Black Archives: A unique historical archive for inspiring conversations, activities and literature from Black and other perspectives that are often overlooked elsewhere. The Black Archives documents the history of black emancipation movements and individuals in the Netherlands. The Black Archives is managed by the New Urban Collective.

The Black Archives consists of unique book collections, archives and artifacts that are the legacy of Black Dutch writers and scientists. The more than 10.000 books in the collections focus on racism and race issues, slavery and (the) colonization, gender and feminism, social sciences and development, Suriname, the Netherlands Antilles, South America, Africa and more.

As a result, The Black Archives provides book collections and literature which are not or little discussed in schools and within universities. The collections are intended as a start collection that can grow by gifts and collaborations with others. In this way, Black literature, knowledge and information is made accessible for study and research.

Funding Opportunities

Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Caucus: Apply for funding to lead on providing high quality research evidence on equality, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) that informs policy and practice in the research and innovation system.


Tropen Museum: Exhibits include the following:

  • Healing Power (Until August 28 2022): The exhibition HEALING POWER presents healing traditions across the world. With objects from the Arctic to South America brought together with work by contemporary artists such as Damien Hirst and Marina Abramović.
  • Our Colonial Inheritence (From June 24 2022): The exhibition shows how colonialism shaped the world of today, and how people endured colonialism. Learn how people tried to create their own lives, rebelled and remained in charge. Are you open to a multivoiced perspective?

Rijksmuseum: Exhibits including the following:

  • Rijksmuseum & Slavery (New Light on the Permanent Collection): Rijksmuseum & Slavery is adding 77 museum labels to paintings and objects in the permanent collection that explore their relationships to Dutch colonial slavery. 
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