Day of Absence & Day of Presence

For two days every spring, we invite students, staff, and faculty to explore race and equity through workshops and other activities.

These activities are sponsored by many offices and programs across campus. They are led by special guests and by fellow students, staff, and faculty. 

All of these activities are completely voluntary.

Day of Absence

Day of Absence is a day for community building around identity groups. We achieve this by voluntary identity group gatherings. People who would like to participate in Day of Absence are free to choose which identity group gathering to attend.

One gathering is designed to explore race in ways that support our students, staff, and faculty of color. The other gathering is designed for people who want to be allies in anti-racism work. We invite everyone to attend the program of their choice, wherever they feel most comfortable.

Day of Presence

On Day of Presence, we sponsor a full-day schedule of events for the entire campus. This schedule includes a keynote speaker, workshops, lunch, community activities, and an evening guest performer.

More information on the history and origins of Day of Absence and Day of Presence