We stand with our students, faculty, and staff as active agents against racism and all of the insidious ways that it has marred our disciplines, our campus, our department, our interpersonal relationships, and our own personal thinking and actioning.
We are eager to lend our voices and bodies to the transformative work that will bring about equal representation and change. Inspired by the power of what we have experienced, lived and learned, we thank the Black Lives Matter movement for galvanizing sharp focus on equitability. In our house, we are proud to say Black Lives Matter, and we are committed to dismantling structural inequities that have historically privileged specific ways of knowing and making over others.
We welcome partnership, collaboration, and dialogue to transform the trajectories of our fields and celebrate Change, Growth, and “Radical Re-Imagining.” In the spirit of John Lewis’ “Good Trouble” we say: Yes please!
Like you, many of us love this work and have re-arranged our entire lives for it. It is important that we create learning and working environments that feel healthy and celebrate the many vantage points and voices within the human experience.