Message from VPEA Social Justice Action Team
Enrollment and Access is committed to dismantling systemic racism that is the direct result of white supremacy (What is white supremacy?). The violent anti-black murders that have recently taken the lives of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, Nina Pop, George Floyd, Chris Beaty, Mike Ramos, David McAtee, James Scurlock, Elijah McClain, Rayshard Brooks, and Dion Johnson*, and the legacy of white supremacist violence for over 4 centuries in our country is reprehensible and our collective responsibility to work against.
We have put together two messages below. The first is a message from the Social Justice Action Team to our Black community in Enrollment and Access. The second is a resource guide directed specifically to those of us in Enrollment and Access who identify as white, white-passing, and non-black POC.
If you have feedback or would like us to add resources to the below list, please email one of us:
- Priscilla Gardea, Office of Admissions, Co-chair, Priscilla.Gardea@colostate.edu
- Sean Jaster, The Access Center, Co-chair, Sean.Jaster@colostate.edu
- Kaia Heer, Office of Financial Aid, Member, Kaia.Heer@colostate.edu
- Andrea Russo, Office of the Registrar, Member, Andrea.Russo@colostate.edu
- Tom Biedscheid, E & A Central Office, Member, Tom.Biedscheid@colostate.edu
*This list was compiled on June 29, 2020, and only represents recent incidents we were aware of at this time. As you are reading this, there will likely be more names. Fear of reporting, lack of news coverage, and internal corruption are all well-documented barriers to tracking and reporting on actual rates of police violence. (credit this language to the WGAC staff)
From SJAT to Our Black Community:
As non-black and white folx, we cannot begin to fully understand the daily fear, pain, and oppression that is endemic to your experience. Black lives MATTER. We are committed to doing the work of amplifying Black voices while using our privilege to dismantle white supremacy and eliminating systems of racism and inequality at our institution and in our communities. We are committed to listen, to learn, and to act.
To the white, white-passing, and non-black Enrollment and Access Staff:
The expectation is that this division is doing this anti-racist work. We are here as a Social Justice Action Team to do the work along with you. This list of anti-racist resources, media, and suggested action steps was compiled from an ever-growing supply of predominantly black/queer/trans/women authors, influencers, activists, and experts. It is NOT, by any means, a definitive list, AND many folks are asking “where do I start” and “what can I do.” Here are some places to start, particularly around anti-racist work and the awareness of how white supremacy manifests itself in the air we breathe and things we can do to dismantle it.
- Supporting #OwnVoices authors
- bell hooks
- Stamped, Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi
- Stamped From the Beginning, Ibram X. Kendi
- How To Be an Antiracist, Ibram X. Kendi
- The History of White People, Nell Irvin Painter
- White Fragility, Robin DiAngelo
- The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, Michelle Alexander
- Just Mercy, Bryan Stevenson
- So You Want to Talk About Race, Ijeoma Olou
- I’m Still Here, Austin Channing Brown
- Black Lives Matter
- Movement For Black Lives
- Rachel Cargle
- Janaya Khan
- Sonya Renee Taylor
- African American Policy Forum
- Kimberlé Crenshaw
- Ijeoma Olou
- Austin Channing Brown
- Dr. Bernice King
- Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
- Black Lives Matter 5280
- ACLU Colorado
- Glennon Doyle
- LGBT magazine and website with a focus on news, politics, opinion, arts, and education: https://www.advocate.com
- A Detailed List of Anti-Racism Resources
- Anti-Racism Resources, Google doc: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1BRlF2_zhNe86SGgHa6-VlBO-QgirITwCTugSfKie5Fs/preview?pru=AAABcneJ06o*029NVeKFnJWNf24HkN_F5g
- 75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice, Medium: https://medium.com/equality-includes-you/what-white-people-can-do-for-racial-justice-f2d18b0e0234
- Justice in June (items for 10min/25min/45min a day), Google doc, created by Bryanna Wallace & Autumn Gupta (you can find them on Twitter): https://docs.google.com/document/d/1H-Vxs6jEUByXylMS2BjGH1kQ7mEuZnHpPSs1Bpaqmw0/preview?pru=AAABcqGx9ag*LkW_3VY3xFY0wlxx0LR72g
- How to be Anti-Racist in Denver, 303 Magazine: https://303magazine.com/2020/06/how-to-be-an-anti-racist-in-denver/
- Anti-Racist Reading List from Ibram X. Kendi, Chicago Public Library: https://chipublib.bibliocommons.com/list/share/204842963/1357692923
- Anti-Racism Resources, Forever 35 Podcast: https://forever35podcast.com/episode-archive/2020/5/31/anti-racism-resources
- Blog posts on white women’s tears
- Explained: The Racial Wealth Gap
- Time: The Kalief Browder Story
- When They See Us
- Who Killed Malcom X?
- The Hate U Give (based on the book The Hate You Give, Angie Thomas)
- American Son
- Dear White People
- If Beale Street Could Talk
- King in the Wilderness
- See You Yesterday
- Amplify #BLM #BlackLivesMatter and Black voices on social media accounts by sharing posts and spreading information.
NOTE: Please do not repost acts of violence against Black folx. While video footage has been critical to attempting to hold reprehensible white supremist murder and violence accountable, it is also traumatizing to be seen again and again, particularly by the Black community.
- Check-in on your Black friends, family, and community members through authentic communication without centering yourself or your needs.
NOTE: If you have to think to yourself “is this someone that would like to hear from me?” or “am I good enough friends with this person?” then you probably shouldn’t be checking in with that person and there are other ways you can engage.
- If you identify as white or white-passing, educate yourself and your white/white-passing community members specifically about whiteness and white supremacy and our collective collusion with white supremacy.
NOTE: There are a multitude of educational resources that you can access (see the above lists). Please do NOT rely on folx in your community that identify differently than you to teach you about their oppression.
- Demand accountability from your local government leaders and law enforcement communities. Make phone calls, attend protests, write emails/letters. We recognize that it is not safe for everyone to participate in these activities, so we encourage you to engage in ways that are safe for you and your community.
- Support Black owned businesses in Fort Collins over large corporations.
- Pay BIPOC folx for the content you are consuming online (most have a patreon or venmo account that you can send money directly to).
- Register to vote. And VOTE.
NOTE: Reading the books below, listening to the podcasts, watching the movies, does NOT check off the “I did my anti-racism duty” box. Action connected to our learning is CRITICAL and IMPERATIVE. We have read/listened-to/watched much of the below, and yet we STILL collude with white supremacy and have work to do, always.