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Decolonizing the Academy Committee

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Scope

The committee serves the Senate’s and the College’s commitment to continual reflection by giving deep consideration to  the structures, policies, and culture of the institution. By working toward a decolonized academy, the committee will review and respond to campus-wide matters and give recommendations that aim to alleviate the cycle of colonization.

Function

  • Begin a process of acknowledgment, reconciliation, and healing.
  • Identify the structures, policies, and regulations that may perpetuate a colonized hierarchy and discuss ways to reduce their harm.
  • Respond to state- and college-wide undertakings and propositions.
  • Examine inherited constructs and culture and their effects on the campus and its people.

Resources

Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass:Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants

Australian Research has a Daversity Problem

Ngugi Wa Thiong'o Decolonizing the Mind

Videos/Webinars

Addressing Legacies of Colonialism in Science

The University of California Land Grab