Student Pharmacists Diversity Council invites participation in WSU Race Card Project

Race Card Project at Wayne State
Everyone is invited to fill out a card in the
EACPHS Learning Resource Center.

The Student Pharmacists Diversity Council (SPDC) is collaborating with Wayne State University’s librarians to promote the Race Card Project, an initiative that aims to hear, experience and collect real discussions about race, culture and identity on campus. A launch event will be held from 3-5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 5, in the atrium of the David Adamany Undergraduate Library.

Students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to express their thoughts about race, cultural identity or an evolving America in six words. To display all of the thoughts, Race Card Walls are now set up in six library locations on both the main and School of Medicine campuses, including in the Learning Resource Center in the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. In addition, an On Location portal will collect cards from members of the Wayne State community who are not able to visit one of the participating locations in person.

“The Race Card Project is a unique and engaging effort that allows dialog and understanding about our current and future understanding of race,” said Jon E. Cawthorne, dean of the Wayne State University Library System. “This project represents the first of many more campus-wide conversations in the Library about difficult topics in our society today.”

Race Card Project at Wayne State
The cards will be displayed at Wayne State libraries.

The Race Card Project, the brainchild of award-winning journalist Michele Norris, started as a way to encourage people to share their ideas of race during a book tour. The catch was that these thoughts had to be shared in a six-word sentence on a postcard. Because of such an overwhelming response, the cards are now submitted and displayed on theracecardproject.com. More than 60,000 cards have been collected. 

For more information, contact Associate Director of Marketing and Communication for University Libraries Jill Wurm at 313-577-4149 or ae0831@wayne.edu.

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