Advancing a Culture of Anti-Racism

We affirm that we have a moral and ethical responsibility to eradicate systematic oppression and racism. We recognize the detrimental impact of interpersonal and structural racism on community members’ physical, mental, financial, emotional and spiritual health.

Therefore, we commit to making resources available to support those impacted by racism, particularly our Black brothers and sisters and those who are willing to work for racial justice. Those resources include the Gay Johnson McDougall Center for Global Diversity and Inclusion, the Shuronda Smith Collection and the Anti-Racism LibGuide at McCain Library, the Office of Religious & Spiritual Life, the TRHT anti-racism website, and the Wellness Center.

We further acknowledge that in order to promote an anti-racist culture, we will need to continue implementing strategies at the institutional level, in addition to working at the departmental and individual levels. We must embed and make visible these strategies throughout the college.

Examples of our commitment and support throughout the institution:

  • Campus messages of commitment and support from the college’s chaplain, vice president for equity and inclusion, director of public safety, and the Agnes Scott Alumnae Association.
  • Six of the 11 social justice presidential campus grants that were awarded in the fall of 2020 explicitly address race:
    1. Expanding McCain Library’s Shuronda Gardner Smith Multicultural Resource Collection
    2. Conducting R.E.S.T.: Race & Ethnicity in Sports Training
    3. Decolonizing the Curriculum, One Syllabus at a Time: Pedagogy as Social Justice
    4. The Psychology and Racial Justice Leadership Program
    5. Medieval Literature and Racial Others
    6. History in the Community & Agnes Scott: Inclusion and Exclusion
  • The Center for Leadership and Service continues to promote engagement and dialogue on a number of political issues, including conversations about race.
  • During Minority Mental Health Awareness month, July 2020, the wellness center partnered with alumnae relations, the parent and family association, and the center for global diversity and inclusion to host weekly healing spaces for Black students, parents and alumnae to center the Black healing journey, which will continue throughout the year.
  • Alumnae Relations will continue to organize formal and informal conversations on race for alumnae.
  • Weekly healing spaces for our Black, Indigenous and faculty and staff of color to come together, decompress and heal are offered every Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m.
  • We will continue to offer opportunities for our community members to engage in bi-weekly courageous conversations on race and intersectionality, such as:

Fall 2020:

  • Sep. 8, 2020: Black Leadership & Racial Activism: A Balancing Act
  • Sep. 30, 2020: Si Se Puede: The Power of the Latinx Vote - A Fireside Chat with Jerry Gonzalez, Executive Director of Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials
  • Oct. 14, 2020: Presenting the ASC and Decatur Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT)
  • Nov. 11, 2020: Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation Courageous Conversation Series: A Post-election discussion with Spelman Women and Scottie Alumnae

Spring 2021:

  • Jan. 19, 2021, 1 p.m.: MLK Commemorative Week Address featuring ASC Alumnae, Loretta Ross ‘07: Beloved Community: Calling In as an Agnes Scott Feminist Leader; followed by a community Q&A
  • Jan. 22, 2021, 3 p.m.: Presenting the College’s Global Diversity, Inclusion, and Anti-Racism Plan. All ASC members are invited to join Vice President Porcena in this community conversation;
  • Feb. 2021: Black History Month Fireside Chat with Mawuli Davis, J.D., co-chair of the Beacon Hill Black Alliance for Human Rights; board member at the Southern Center for Human Rights
  • Feb. 16, 2021: A Sentimental Abolitionist: George Howe and the Rhode Island-Cuba Slavery Trade; Facilitated by the Charles A. Dana Professor of Spanish Dr. Rafael Ocasio
  • Mar. 8, 2021: Women’s History Month Fire-Side Chat with ASC Student Leaders
  • Mar. 25, 2021: Women’s History Month Keynote Event/Webinar
  • Apr. 29, 2021: Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month Keynote Event

Monthly opportunities are offered to faculty to engage in roundtable discussions on race. Register for these conversations.

Fall 2020:

  • Aug. 27, 2020, 1 p.m.: How to Manage Racially-charged Moments in Class Discussions
  • Sep. 24, 2020, 11 a.m.: How to do Anti-Racist Work When You Have Limited Training?
  • Oct. 22, 2020, 1 p.m.: Addressing the Invisible Labor and Cultural Taxation of Employees of Color
  • Nov. 19, 2020, 11 a.m.: Exploring the Concept of "Rose Colored ASC”: Identifying and Addressing Blind Spots

Spring 2021:

  • Jan. 21, 2021,1 p.m.: Unconscious Social Categorization and Stereotypes
  • Feb. 18, 2021, 11 a.m.: A Discussion on Equity Considerations for Staffing in Challenging Times
  • Mar. 18, 2021, 1 p.m.: Ableism and Universal Design
  • Apr. 22, 2021,1 p.m.: Decolonizing the Curriculum

We believe that these steps reflect and reaffirm our commitment to anti-racism. We commit to continuous attention and periodic climate studies to assess the impact of our efforts over time.

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