The Universities Studying Slavery (USS) consortium, created and led by the University of Virginia, represents a multi-institutional collaboration focused in sharing best practices and guiding principles about truth-telling projects addressing human bondage and racism in institutional histories. Member schools are all committed to research, acknowledgment, and atonement regarding institutional ties to the slave trade, to enslavement on campus or abroad, and to enduring racism in school history and practice.
USS additionally allows participating institutions to work together as they address both historical and contemporary issues dealing with race and inequality in higher education and in university communities. Together, the growing movement of schools committed to this work seek to address the complicated legacies of slavery in the modern world.
Member institutions also work together on developing ways for individual institutions to commit school resources to addressing equity in the twenty-first century.
Finally, USS hosts semi-annual meetings to discuss strategies, collaborate on research, and learn from one another.
Current Member Institutions:
The Citadel (South Carolina)
College of Charleston
College of William & Mary (Lemon Project)
Dalhousie University (Canada)
George Mason University
James Madison University
Liverpool John Moores University (United Kingdom)
Morgan State University
Norfolk State University
Rutgers University Scarlet & Black Project
Saint Louis University
Salem Academy and College
Sweet Briar College
Trinity College (Connecticut)
University College Cork (Ireland)
University of Bristol (United Kingdom)
University of Cincinnati
University of Glasgow
University of King’s College (Canada)
University of Liverpool
University of Mississippi
University of Richmond
University of South Carolina
University of the South (Sewanee)
University of Virginia (PCSU)
University of Warwick
Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia Military Institute
Virginia State University
Wake Forest University
Washington & Lee University
Wesleyan College (Georgia)
If your institution is interested in joining the conversation, please contact Ashley Schmidt, Ph.D., at email@example.com.
To learn more about the many schools that have joined Universities Studying Slavery, please click on the “News” link above. You can find each announcement story in chronological order there.