Inclusive Excellence

Beaver College of Health Sciences — Statement on Inclusive Excellence

The Beaver College of Health Sciences is committed to preparing students for a multicultural workforce that inspires and promotes diversity, inclusion, social justice and global thinking.

Message from the Beaver College of Health Sciences Inclusive Excellence Liaisons

The murder of George Floyd has incited a tangle of feelings within the Beaver College of Health Sciences Inclusive Excellence Liaisons. We are outraged at yet another extrajudicial killing of a person of color.  We seek empathy with people of color. We are confused over a deep desire to help, but an equally deep uncertainty over which actions are meaningful or even where to start. We are exhausted by the continued prevalence of racism within the United States.  We are in pain over the senseless theft of life. We are overwhelmed by the need to create spaces and moments for healing within our family, classes and community.

As much as we would like to embrace our privilege by disconnecting from the ways racism shapes our life’s work, we are writing today to embrace these feelings. And we invite each of you who may be experiencing a similar web of emotions to embrace those feelings. Express your outrage on social media and through mass emails to your staff and classes. Yet, if you stop at words you suggest that words are all that is necessary. If you only share those words now, you suggest that anti-racist action is only appropriate when the entire world is watching. 

Sustained action is needed everywhere. Start small. Take responsibility. But most important, act.  For those of you who are looking to take action in your work in the Beaver College of Health Sciences:  

  • Include more readings by authors of color in your course and invite guest speakers of color to your course.

  • Resist the urge to hold a “race day” in your course. Examine the ways racism weaves throughout your course content, your teaching style, and your institution.

  • Create and enforce classroom norms that celebrate diverse points of view.

  • Normalize discomfort which may stem from talking about and acting against racism.

  • Share the work you are doing to understand your racial experiences and biases.

Just as the murder of George Floyd is connected to generations of violence against Black people, the work of anti-racist teaching and learning is not limited to this moment.  Rather, it is a lifelong effort to see and respond to racism as you see it within your discipline, your classroom, your campus, and your community. The work is difficult but we are with you. 

Sincerely,
The BCHS Inclusive Excellence Liaisons

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