Universities Studying Slavery

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:

Allegany College of Maryland (ACM)
Appalachian State University
Athens State University
Bard College
Brown University (Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice)
The Citadel (South Carolina)
Clemson University
College of Charleston
College of William & Mary (Lemon Project)
Columbia University
Community College of Baltimore County
Dalhousie University (Canada)
Davidson College
Dickinson College
Elon University
Furman University
Georgetown University
George Mason University
Guilford College
Hampden-Sydney College
Hampton University
Harvard University
Hollins University
James Madison University
Liverpool John Moores University (United Kingdom)
Longwood University
McGill University (Canada)
Mercer University
Meredith College
Morgan State University
Norfolk State University
Rice University
Roanoke College
Rutgers University Scarlet & Black Project
Saint Louis University
Salem Academy and College
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Southern University Law Center
Stillman College
Sweet Briar College
Texas Christian University
Tougaloo College
Trinity College (Connecticut)
University College Cork (Ireland)
University of Bristol (United Kingdom)
University of Cambridge (United Kingdom)
University of Cincinnati
University of Georgia
University of Glasgow
University of King’s College (Canada)
University of Liverpool
University of Manchester (United Kingdom)
University of Maryland
University of Mississippi
University of New Brunswick (Canada)
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of Nottingham (United Kingdom)
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
Virginia Tech
Virginia Union University
Virginia University of Lynchburg
Wake Forest University
Washington & Lee University
Wesleyan College (Georgia)
Xavier University

If your institution is interested in joining the conversation, please contact Ashley Schmidt, Ph.D., at aks8rn@virginia.edu.

The Birth of Universities Studying Slavery

The Birth of a Movement

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.


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