On August 27, 2021 will be hosting (on ZOOM) a free Community Learning Event: Anit-Racism in STEM Teaching. Please visit our Events Page to learn more.
We recognize that the trauma of racism is ongoing and continually renewed. Statements of support and acknowledgment, while important, is only a small step. The ongoing commitment to actions and to listening to each other is where the real work lies. We encourage all members of the CSME community to reach out and care for each other. Below are the statements of support that we have written in response to the anti-Black and anti-Asian violence within the past year.
The wave of protests triggered by the totally unjustified and brutal murder of George Floyd and the on-going Black Lives Matter movement has inspired and challenged us, the members of the Center for Science and Mathematics Education, to clearly state our anti-racist values and commitments.
The members of the Center for Science and Mathematics Education believe
- The lives of SFSU’s Black students, faculty and staff matter.
- Because of the history and present conditions of the U.S., there is systemic anti-blackness in our country’s social and economic structures.
- Our university, STEM and our STEM education system has anti-blackness embedded in its structures, ideas and practices.
- This anti-blackness results in an abusive environment for Black people in our SFSU community.
- We need to acknowledge the role that we collectively and individually play in allowing anti-blackness to continue in our practices as STEM educators.
- It is our moral obligation to oppose anti-blackness and to create anti-racist programs to improve the lives of Black people at SFSU.
We commit over this next year to
- Organize a staff-wide study group on research on anti-blackness in STEM.
- Pay for CSME staff professional development on anti-racism and implicit bias.
- Support study groups and professional development for the students in CSME programs, as well as members in other COSE and SFSU units
- Create meaningful collaborations with experts in the College of Ethnic Studies and the Graduate College of Education to better focus our energy for change.
- Establish measurable anti-racist goals in our programs to which we can hold ourselves accountable.
- Report on the outcomes of the evaluation to a stakeholder audience that includes COSE, Ethnic Studies, and Education partners.
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Anti-Racial and Social Justice Resource Library