Tulane University School of Social Work
In affirmation of our commitment as a social work school, we are sharing resources and encouraging action in our collective fight to end racism in all its forms. We endeavor to continue important conversations around race and inequality to empower change in our classrooms and communities.
Discrimination, hatred, and violence against African Americans and other minoritized communities remain pervasive in all aspects of our society from our laws to our culture. Learning about the ways our systems oppress individuals can provide insight to act so that we can collectively dismantle these injustices and create opportunities that value diversity, equity, and inclusion.
We can only fully empower long-term and systemic change when we act on the knowledge we’ve gained. To be anti-racist requires action and the following are just a few of many ways to contribute to this ongoing work.
HAVE DIFFICULT CONVERSATIONS
- Value the voices of African Americans and other minoritized communities.
- Examine your own privilege and bias as well as those of others.
- Confront racism in your community and workplace.
TAKE POLITICAL ACTION
- Register to vote and vote in all elections – local to federal.
- Learn about laws being made to write elected officials in defense or opposition.
- Sign up to be an election worker.
GIVE TIME, EXPERTISE, & MONEY
- Join organizations fighting systemic racism.
- Donate time and expertise in service of the community.
- Fund organizations and businesses led by African Americans and other minoritized communities.
- Develop a personal action plan of all the ways that you can make the fight for racial justice part of your everyday life.
action for academics & organizers
Day of Action Against White Supremacy in Schools, Colleges, & Universities is on Thursday, November 19, 2020. Join the American Educational Studies Association (AESA) and more than 2,100 college, university, and K-12 educators, scholars, and organizations to demand investment in anti-racist curricula, policies, and practices in educational institutions.
Academics for Black Survival and Wellness is a valuable initiative for academics to honor the toll of racial trauma on Black people, resist anti-Blackness and white supremacy, and facilitate accountability. Guided by a Black feminist frame, it hopes to foster accountability and growth for non-Black people and enhance healing and wellness for Black people.
The Characteristics of White Supremacy Culture describes the harmful beliefs and activities that show up in organizations and suggests tangible ways to dismantle them. This resource is from Showing Up for Racial Justice and comes from Dismantling Racism: A Workbook for Social Change Groups, by Kenneth Jones and Tema Okun.
In Making Higher Education Anti-Racist, Ibram X. Kendi details possible reforms in admissions and faculty representation for colleges and universities. Kendi is a National Book Award Winner, Contributing Writer to The Atlantic, and Director of the Boston University Center for Anti-racist Research