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Unlearning Racism for All

June 2020 (with subsequent additions)

During these difficult times, the Stanford Faculty Women’s Forum Steering Committee stands in solidarity with the Black community and against the systemic and oppressive racism the Black community in our country continues to endure. The horrific murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, and Breonna Taylor as well as the disproportionate health impacts felt by the Black community from the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic downturn have blatantly exposed these burdens. We are deeply saddened by the long legacy of inequality and racial injustice the Black community has experienced and are here to listen and to offer our support in the fight against racism.
We also recognize the racist and structural barriers that many Black academics, women and men, face in our academic institutions including here at Stanford. We commit to listen to our Black colleagues, to build an inclusive community that fosters the growth and retention of Black academics, and to work towards a more equitable environment that enables Black faculty of any gender to thrive at Stanford. Currently, the Stanford professorial faculty has less than 1% self-identified Black women and just over 1% Black men. The Faculty Women’s Forum acts to enable all women faculty to thrive at Stanford and this goal will only be realized in a culture that supports and engages all faculty irrespective of their race, gender, or demographic characteristics.

We plan to begin with deepening our anti-racist work and we encourage all our colleagues to explore the resources available to educate ourselves and to find ways to contribute to this effort.

The resources and readings below may help us unlearn systemic racism and racial injustice in the U.S., espeically in academic institutions. We also welcome your suggestions for relevant web resources.

Resources and Reads

Resources To Center Black Community Needs from Stanford Biosciences

Resources for Learning About Anti-Blackness compiled In conjunction with Women in Physics at Stanford

White Academia: Do Better a Medium post

Black in the Ivory a Twitter thread

Pushing Back Against Racism and Xenophobia on Campuses, Stanford scholars MarYam Hamedani, Hazel Rose Markus and Paula Moya highlight five ways college educators can have more effective conversations about race, write for Inside HigherEd

The Life of a Black Academic: Tired and Terrorized What has not been acknowledged is the world of terror enveloping many Black academics that has changed feeling tired to absolute exhaustion, Henrika McCoy writes in InsideHigherEdGend

Women Are Advancing in the Workplace but Women of Color are Still Left Behind, by Adia Harper Wingfield, The Brookings Institute 19A Gender Equality Series, October 2020

The Souls of Black Professors Scholars discuss what it’s like to be a Black professor in 2020, who should be doing antiracist work on campus and why diversity interventions that attempt to “fix” Black academics for a rigged game miss the point entirely, by Colleen Flaherty, Inside HigherEd, October 21, 2020

How to Promote Racial Equity in the Workplace, by Robert Livingston, Harvard Business Review, September-October 2020

These Virtual Mental Health Resources For Black Women Can Make All The Difference Elle magazine article

Further anti-racism resources compiled by the Office of Faculty Development, Diversity, and Engagement