In light of the horrific hate-crime killings in Charleston, South Carolina, LEAP National Leadership Council members, Eric Liu and Michelle Cooper have both published powerful articles reminding all of us of our responsibilities as educators to tackle the tough issues at the heart of racism, equity, and injustice in our society. In a heartfelt article in Inside Higher Ed, “Ending Racism is Still a Civil Rights Issue,” Cooper calls for even more intense work to create inclusive learning environments, but also reminds that we need more explicit dialogues and action around issues of racism in our society and our institutions. She notes that, “Honest, race-centric conversations are hard, but nowhere near as hard as facing decades of oppression, discrimination and unequal access to educational opportunity.” In his CNN article, “Race Hatred is a Deep Sickness in American Society,” Liu argues that America must grapple with a “deep sickness—race hatred—which is ‘weaponized’ by…easy access to guns. […] [and] a deeper sickness still: the American penchant for avoiding the past and its meaning.” He reminds readers how “the Charleston shooting, rooted in a deep tradition of anti-black violence, is also part of an inescapable history,” and urges all of us—including in higher education—to “open conversations, public and private, about the real history of anti-black racialism as well as racism in our institutions—our churches, our colleges, our companies, our town squares and public buildings.” Liu addressed several of these same themes in his address to AAC&U’s Centennial annual meeting in January. See also tools AAC&U has created to assist campuses in advancing issues of equity, diversity, and inclusive excellence in higher education.