Day of Absense

TitleDay of Absense
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsFunke, MB, Funke, RD, Greer, S, Myers, GA, Potthast, A
PublisherAssociation for Practical and Professional Ethics
AbstractAt Evergreen College, students created a tradition to emphasize the lack of inclusion of people of color: each year they took one day to be a Day of Absence, in which students and faculty of color leave campus and meet elsewhere to participate in programs and discussions.68 After the Day of Absence, a “Day of Presence” follows in which campus groups are reunited.69 About 200 of the College’s 4800 staff and students participated each year. The goal of the exercise was to battle racism and emphasize the importance of minority voices to the campus community. 70 In 2017, however, minority groups on campus upped the stakes. Instead of removing their presence from the campus community for a day, they asked white students and faculty who wished to participate to leave campus and participate in programs and discussions. 
Notes©2018 Association for Practical and Professional Ethics   Case from the 2018 Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl Regional Competition