The Liberation Lab is under the direction of Dr. Helen Neville at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The lab consists of both undergraduate and graduate research assistants.
In the lab, we investigate the ways in which race and racism are constructed, the impact of racism on the lived experience of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) in the United States and globally, and how BIPOC people heal and reach liberation. The lab adopts a critical, liberatory framework to research and practice. Lab members work in several areas related to racial ideology and race-related processes, radial healing and liberation, including:
We also investigate ways to promote community well-being through participatory action research projects:
B. Andi Lee created the Liberation Lab logo in July 2020. The image includes a Fawohodie adinkra symbol. Adinkra symbols are an ubiquitous aspect of the socio-cultural fabric of the Asante people in Ghana. The Fawohodie represents freedom and emancipation, key components of liberation. The paint canvas colors were chosen to evoke the sun, with reference to nature, joy, and power. Lastly, because the path to liberation can be messy (and because we welcome and embrace our imperfections), the text is handwritten and the adinkra is hand-drawn.
"We have to talk about liberating minds as well as liberating society" -Angela Davis