The Racial Justice Center focuses on the success, completion, and retention of our students of color, specifically our Black, Latinx, Asian, Pacific Islander, Native/Indigenous students, and students of two or more races. The Racial Justice Center will maintain, as part of its mission, the support of academic and cultural activities designed to promote and explore blackness, Latinx identity, equity, justice, and other progressive social change initiatives on campus and within the larger African and Latinx Diasporic communities.
The center endeavors to achieve student retention and success by creating:
A strong relationship between levels of campus comfort and retaining students of color.
Cultural-specific, multicultural and intercultural opportunities for scholarship, research, and faculty enrichment in areas of race, culture, and ethnicity across all disciplines; and
Ways to improve campus race relations by generating a wealth of lectures, dialogues, and exhibits that are useful in educating the campus community.
Programs and Services
Coming soon! The Racial Justice Center will have a robust programming model that supports interdisciplinary research and education on the physical, social, political, historical, cultural, and economic experiences of the Black, Latinx, Asian American, Pacific Islander, and other communities.
The Village Speaks: Black Immigrants and the Current MovementJune 11, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
There are a number of ways to take action in support of racial justice, as well as materials to educate yourself on racial justice and how to be actively anti-racist. If you aren't a person of color, consider it imperative to educate yourself on how to be actively anti-racist. Here are a few materials that will help you gain more knowledge on racial justice issues.
- Letters for Black Lives - Translations
- Letter from President Obama: How to Make this Moment the Turning Point for Real Change
- Obama Foundation Call to Action
- How to be an activist without protest
- UCLA Resources for Racial Trauma
- Black Lives Matter
- Free self-healing resource for Black folks: This is a collection of resources to help start or continue your self-healing practice, with a wide range of tools. It is centered on the healing of black and POC folks.
- Decolonizing Community Care in Response to COVID-19: For indigenous peoples whose ancestors were intentionally exposed to viruses, this moment can also feel triggering and bring up ancestral trauma and even distrust and disbelief. Now more than ever it is imperative to decolonize from individualism and reconnect with ways of community care.
- Anti-Racist Resources from Greater Good: In response to the killing of unarmed black people by police, this link includes Greater Good pieces that explore our potential to reduce prejudice in society and in ourselves.
Articles to Read
- "America's Racial Contract Is Killing Us" by Adam Serwer | Atlantic (May 8, 2020)
- Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement (Mentoring a New Generation of Activists)
- "My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant" by Jose Antonio Vargas | NYT Mag (June 22, 2011)
- The 1619 Project (all the articles) | The New York Times Magazine
- The Combahee River Collective Statement
- "The Intersectionality Wars" by Jane Coaston | Vox (May 28, 2019)
- Tips for Creating Effective White Caucus Groups developed by Craig Elliott PhD
- "Where do I donate? Why is the uprising violent? Should I go protest?" by Courtney Martin (June 1, 2020)
- "White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack" by Knapsack Peggy McIntosh
- "Who Gets to Be Afraid in America?" by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi | Atlantic (May 12, 2020)
Videos to Watch
- Black Feminism & the Movement for Black Lives | Barbara Smith, Reina Gossett, Charlene Carruthers (50:48)
- "How Studying Privilege Systems Can Strengthen Compassion" | Peggy McIntosh at TEDxTimberlaneSchools (18:26)
- George Floyd, Minneapolis Protests, Ahmaud Arbery & Amy Cooper | The Daily Social Distancing Show (18:12)
Podcasts to Listen
- 1619 (New York Times)
- Code Switch (NPR)
- Healing Justice Podcast
- Intersectionality Matters! hosted by Kimberlé Crenshaw
- Into America
- Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast
- Pod For The Cause (from The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights)
- Pod Save the People (Crooked Media)
- Real Black News
- Seeing White
Books to Read
- A Colony in a Nation by Chris Hayes
- A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn
- Black Feminist Thought by Patricia Hill Collins
- Breaking the Chains of Psychological Slavery by Dr. Na'im Akbar
- Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Dr. Brittney Cooper
- Can You Hear Me Now? by Michael Eric Dyson
- Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon
- How To Be An Antiracist by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
- I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
- Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Linda Brent
- Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
- Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad
- Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire
- Price of the Ticket by James Baldwin
- Raising Our Hands by Jenna Arnold
- Redefining Realness by Janet Mock
- Savage Inequalities by Jonathan Kozol
- Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde
- So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
- The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
- The Community of Self by Dr. Na'im Akbar
- The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
- The Future of the Race by Henry Louis Gates Jr. & Cornel West
- The Goddess Blackwoman by Akil
- The Isis Papers: The Keys to the Colors by Dr. Frances Cress Welsing
- The Mis-Education of the Negro by Carter G. Woodson
- The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
- The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Centuryby Grace Lee Boggs
- The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B Du Bois
- The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
- The Willie Lynch Letter: Making of a Slave by Willie Lynch
- Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
- This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color by Cherríe Moraga
- When Affirmative Action Was White: An Untold History of Racial Inequality in Twentieth-Century America by Ira Katznelson
- White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo, PhD
- White Rage by Dr. Carol Anderson, PhD.
- Why are all the Black Kids Sitting Together In the Cafeteria by Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatun, PhD
- White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo, PhD
Films and TV Series to Watch
- 13th (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix
- American Son (Kenny Leon) — Netflix
- Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975 — Available to rent
- Blindspotting (Carlos López Estrada) — Hulu with Cinemax or available to rent
- Clemency (Chinonye Chukwu) — Available to rent
- Dear White People (Justin Simien) — Netflix
- Fruitvale Station (Ryan Coogler) — Available to rent
- I Am Not Your Negro (James Baldwin doc) — Available to rent or on Kanopy
- If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins) — Hulu
- Just Mercy (Destin Daniel Cretton) — Available to rent for free in June in the U.S.
- King In The Wilderness — HBO
- See You Yesterday (Stefon Bristol) — Netflix
- Selma (Ava DuVernay) — Available to rent
- The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution — Available to rent
- The Hate U Give (George Tillman Jr.) — Hulu with Cinemax
- They've Gotta Have Us - Netflix
- When They See Us (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix
Organizations on Social Media
- Antiracism Center: Twitter
- Audre Lorde Project: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- Black Women's Blueprint: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- Color Of Change: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- Colorlines: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- The Conscious Kid: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- Equal Justice Initiative (EJI): Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- Families Belong Together: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- MPowerChange: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- Muslim Girl: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- NAACP: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- National Domestic Workers Alliance: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- RAICES: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ): Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- SisterSong: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- United We Dream: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
More Anti-Racism Resources
- 75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice
- Anti-Racism Project
- Jenna Arnold's resources (books and people to follow)
- Rachel Ricketts' anti-racism resources
- Resources for White People to Learn and Talk About Race and Racism
- Save the Tears: White Woman's Guide by Tatiana Mac
- Showing Up For Racial Justice's educational toolkits
- The [White] Shift on Instagram
- "Why is this happening?" — an introduction to police brutality from 100 Year Hoodie
- Zinn Education Project's teaching materials
Document compiled by Sarah Sophie Flicker, Alyssa Klein in May 2020.
Along with one-time payments in response to the protests, consider a long-term monthly donation.
- George Floyd's Family Fundraiser: This fund will be used to help the Floyd family with funeral/memorial costs and to help the family continue to seek justice for Mr. Floyd.
- Ahmaud Arbery's Family Fundraiser: This fund will be used to help the Arbery family with funeral/memorial costs and to help the family continue to seek justice for Ahmaud.
- The National Bail Fund Network: Help protesters make bail using this list of bail funds for protesters across the country.
- Black Visions Collective: A Black, Trans, & Queer-led organization that is committed to dismantling systems of oppression, as well as shifting the public narrative to support long-term change.
- Black Lives Matter: Join the movement to fight for freedom, liberation, and justice.
- The NAACP Legal Defense Fund: America's premier legal organization fighting for racial injustice.
- The Marsha P. Johnson Institute: Protects and defends the right of Black Trans people.
Social Media Activism
- This is an easy way to take action. Be intentional about posting authenticated news articles, petitions, websites, and more that help bring exposure to police brutality and anti-black violence. Here are a few tips.
- Don't be silent on social media. Speak up. Use your platform to seek justice for George Floyd. If you are uncomfortable writing something yourself then repost someone else's words.
- When you donate, share the link on your social channels to inspire followers.
- Resharing photos or videos of protestors could get them in trouble with the law. Think carefully before reposting any video where law enforcement could I.D. someone.
Resources for White Parents to Raise Anti-Racist Children
- Coretta Scott King Book Award Winners: books for children and young adults
- 20 Picture Books for 2020: Readings to Embrace Race, Provide Solace & Do Good
- Parenting Forward podcast episode 'Five Pandemic Parenting Lessons with Cindy Wang Brandt'
- Fare of the Free Child podcast
- Integrated Schools podcast episode "Raising White Kids with Jennifer Harvey"
- PBS' Teaching Your Child About Black History Month
- Your Kids Aren't Too Young to Talk About Race: Resource Roundup from Pretty Good
- The Conscious Kid: follow them on Instagram and consider signing up for their Patreon
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