Academic Senate

Decolonizing the Academy Committee




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.


  • 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.


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


Addressing Legacies of Colonialism in Science

The University of California Land Grab