About the Harriet Tubman Center

Our Mission

The new Harriet Tubman Center for Freedom and Equity opened in September 2019. Our intention is to steer the research, writing and programs of the center towards the following priorities:

  • History and Equity
  • Educational Equity
  • Medicine/STEM fields and Equity

New and Ongoing Programs

Details about the Harriet Tubman Center Scholars Program
 info regarding the Harriet Tubman Center Faculty Fellows Program
Info regarding the Historical Preservation as a Civil Rights in the Age of Repair


One major way to bridge current racial disparities on the university level is to develop more PIPELINE PROGRAMS for underrepresented students, faculty and staff. As such, the Tubman Center is launching the following leadership and mentorship programs which help bridge gaps in our academic community.

The Harriet Tubman Center is looking for funding opportunities to create:

Harriet Tubman Scholars Program for undergraduate and graduate students

  • A pipeline scholarship program focusing on diversity, inclusion, and leadership development for historically underrepresented students;

 Harriet Tubman Faculty Fellows Program

  • Tubman Center envisions a competitive Faculty Fellows program which would allow faculty members to affiliate with the Center for a semester and focus on diversity equity and inclusion research related work;


Historical erasure affects our everyday thinking about racial issues; Our Monuments and Memory Project is essential to fill the gaps left by incomplete educational programming. Inspired by the powerful work done establishing memorials of the Holocaust as well as the Tubman Center's successful creation of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission, we propose to develop four memorials and accompanying educational programming based on the 1960’s freedom school model in locations deeply impacted by slavery and the slave trade including: 

  1. A statue and memorial garden of Harriet Tubman on Binghamton University’s campus representing one stop on the iconic Underground Railroad; also identification of other upstate NY abolition sites reflecting a multicultural group of abolitionists: William Seward, Gerritt Smith, Frederick Douglass etc.
  2. The first memorial of The Weeping Time-the largest slave auction in US history. (Savannah, Georgia); 

All of these locales were deeply impacted by slavery and the slave trade, yet today there is little or no acknowledgment of what took place in these communities.  Furthermore, these locations including slave plantations in the US are sometimes glamorized or whitewashed of their true history.  The Monuments and Memory project is thus an opportunity to showcase the contributions of people of African descent to the building up of these communities and more generally the modern world.


10 Recommendations from the Truth and Reconcilliation Commission

Members of the TRC did a tremendous job in the six listening sessions with various stakeholders in our community.  This academic year, The TRC panel members in conjunction with the Vice President of DEI and the President’s Office are working on implementing the ten recommendations. Already progress has been made.  The plan is to develop a dashboard which will chart our progress on each recommendation.