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Commitments to Address Anti-Blackness


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In the summer of 2020 – after the murder of George Floyd and the peaceful global protests that emerged in response – the Division of Student Affairs began to evaluate the degree to which our work could more immediately address our own anti-Black, racist practices and policies from a place of humility and action.

Each unit outlined a series of initial commitments to address anti-Blackness in our work at UC San Diego. It is important to remember that this is, and will always be, an imperfect work in progress that we will advance collaboratively.

Annual Progress Reports

In determining how to assess and evaluate our effectiveness in this endeavor, we committed to report on our progress annually each August.

Anti-Racist Toolkit

Many have been looking for resources to educate themselves, find community, and look for ways to take action. Below, we have included resources to empower you to take action, support community building, and care for yourself and others.

This Anti-Racist Toolkit (PDF) shows some initial steps you can take right now to begin anti-racism work.

VC-EDI Anti-Racism Resources

In addition to the resources below, we encourage you to review EDI's compilation of anti-racism resources.

How to learn more and take action

How to be in community

How to have conversations about anti-blackness, racism, and privilege

Juneteenth resources and events

Juneteenth (June 19) is the annual holiday that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. Below is a compendium of articles and resources, along with information about some virtual events taking place to observe Juneteenth.

How to contact political representatives

How to care for yourself and prioritize your physical, mental, and emotional well-being

Recommended reading

We encourage you to read books and articles from the list below:

The Black Liberation Struggle

10 Unapologetic Books About Race in America

How to be an Anti-Racist

Curriculum for White Americans to Educate Themselves on Race and Racism–from Ferguson to Charleston

For student affairs professionals:

A CRT-Informed Model to Enhance Experiences and Outcomes of Racially Minoritized Students (PDF)

(Note: the readings listed here provide a wide array of thoughts and perspectives on how to do anti-racism work. You may be challenged by some, you may disagree with some, and you hopefully will have questions about a lot of it. The important thing is that you’re reading up and educating yourself). Being an ally/accomplice requires you to educate yourself about systemic racism in this country.

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