The Diversity Think Tank was founded in 2020 by Professor Louis Kwame Fosu of the University of Rhode Island to effectively train students in America to become transformative racial equity and diversity policy experts, and change agents who propose transformative policies while utilizing strategic nonviolent advocacy to end policies that reinforce structural, systemic and institutional racism in academic Institutions.
Students and activists are coached, mentored and advised by civil rights activists, educators/professors, media experts, attorneys, legal strategists and advocacy experts on how to change structurally racist policies, by utilizing multidimensional nonviolent advocacy strategies that encompass: negotiations, demonstrations, never bargaining their dignity to accept a “Three-Fifths Compromise”, drafting policy, influencing and proposing new inclusive policy.
It is Professor Louis Kwame Fosu’s firm belief that if celebrated members of the most benevolent, enlightened, academic, intellectual communities and environments in society, such as the University of Rhode Island and other institutions, cannot break and dismantle the fortified structures of historic systemic racism, then there can be no hope for the rest of society. For that reason, structural racism first needs to be methodically identified and wholly uprooted with the force of deliberate precision at the University of Rhode Island, and other lofty, high-minded institutions of education, to set the standard for society and other business and public institutions to follow.
In the tradition of the Innocence Project’s Peter Neufeld, who Louis Kwame Fosu met at an inspirational Rebellious Lawyering Conference at Yale University, it is Prof. Fosu’s ardent desire that the Diversity Think Tank’s work expand from University of Rhode Island and be established on all campuses in New England, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, South Carolina Texas, and across America with funding provided by the Obama Foundation, George Soros, Oprah Winfrey, Jay-Z and Beyonce, Michael Rubin, MacKenzie Scott, Laurene Powell, Michael Bloomberg, Kardashians, Dr. Priscilla Chan, Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund and many others seeking real systemic change in diversity for a more equitable and dignified society. Author, Women’s Rights Activist and former Ford Foundation Senior Program Officer Dr. Jael Silliman heads the Diversity Think Tank’s funding efforts.