#RealReflections: #ReclaimMLK, Anti-Racist, Whiteness

Jamie Piperato, Higher Education, Student Affairs, NASPA, ACPA

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Welcome to the first post of, #RealReflections, a bi-weekly post consisting of current events, resources, media clips, and tweets that encourage the reader to consider the “real” implications of their actions and responsibilities regarding social justice as higher education professionals. After each resource provided, I have included some “questions to consider.” Feel free to use these materials to start conversations about equity and inclusion within your department or division.

#ReclaimMLK: Continuing the Fight for Civil Rights

Below you will find a collection of tweets from folks across the nation.

I ask that you reflect upon the tweets that you see and consider the following questions:

  1. How are we continuing to provide support to our Black and Brown students on campus?
  2. What policies, procedures, and services are we assessing, revisiting, and implementing in order to support our Black and Brown students, faculty, and staff?!
  3. To my White colleagues, how are we holding ourselves accountable? How are we eliminating complacency? How is our Whiteness impacting our campuses?

The Guardian: “Non-Racist” vs “Anti-Racist” Video

The following video was originally posted on The Guardian and then highlighted in an article by the Black Youth Project.

Questions to Consider:

  1. What are we doing at our institutions to move our students from “non” to “anti”?
  2. Are our staffs modeling the way for our students? Would most be “non” or “anti”?
  3. How can we move both students and faculty/staff from “non” to “anti”?

Whiteness History Month: Context, Consequences, and Change

This link will bring you to Portland Community College’s program developed to “examine race and racism through an exploration of the construction of whiteness, its origins and heritage.”

Link: http://www.pcc.edu/about/diversity/cascade/whiteness-history-month/ 

Questions to Consider:

  1. Do you believe this type of program would be effective at your institution?
  2. What elements NEED to be present in this type of program for it to be successful?
  3. In what ways are you (de)constructing Whiteness at your institution?
  4. What type of follow-up should be present in order for students to benefit from this type of program?

Thank you for taking the time to read through the various resources, videos, and tweets! Please consider sharing this article across your social media platforms (click below). Furthermore, if there are articles, resources, or tweets that you come across throughout the week that you believe worthy of inclusion in this bi-weekly post then feel free to share the link using #RealReflections and I will do my best to include it in future posts!


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