A year ago, people across the country moved to action when images of the death of George Floyd surfaced. It was a devastating reminder of the ongoing anti-Black systems of inequity that continue to poison our country.
A year ago, we too came together as an Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) division and came to the agreement that while there was comfort in the momentary solidarity, we were committed to long-term, systemic change. Any system that has disparate outcomes on historically underrepresented communities must be critically examined, disrupted, and replaced by equitable systems that provide just outcomes. Sustained change requires that we acknowledge how we’ve been complicit and define how we will commit ourselves to building a different reality.
This year and every year, we should revisit and update this Call to Action, and examine what we have done personally and collectively to further this work, so that his death, and the death of so many others, will not be in vain.
Our commitment is explicit, to work together to eliminate inequities in our policies, practices, and systems.
Our work is not done.
What You Can Do
We must first take a look in the mirror and face painful, uncomfortable truths of our past. We must come to terms with our unpleasant realities. We must show up with urgency, courage, and compassion toward building a more equitable campus, community and country. Together we can eradicate the racial hierarchies and deep systemic inequities in our society and across our campus. Here are some suggestions to get started: