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.
Please find the College of Science and Engineering's statement page HERE.
Please find related readings and resources HERE.
Anti-Racial and Social Justice Resource Library