#GWInSolidarity

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After multiple incidents of violence against Black people in the United States, including the killing of several individuals, the Office for Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement shared a letter with the GW Community and created a 4-week series of programming titled #GWInSolidarity. 

A syllabus has been developed for the GW Community to engage in readings, videos, webinars, and other upcoming virtual opportunities and can be accessed here.

 

May 31, 2020

Dear Members of the GW Community,

We are sad. We are suffering. Our hearts are heavy. And, we will not forget the Black lives and names of those taken from us too soon due to racism.

The Office for Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement (ODECE) is horrified by the acts of violence repeatedly inflicted on Black people, often at the hands of people in positions of power. It is deeply disturbing to turn on the TV, check social media, or even worse, receive a phone call in the middle of the night, bringing news of yet another egregious act of racism in the United States. These acts, incidents, and senseless behaviors and decisions are killing the Black community - literally.

Sadly, the current global pandemic’s disproportionate impact on Black people is also rooted in systemic racism and discrimination. This reality is being felt by members of the Black community in massive loss of life and economic devastation. We know that the Black community is laboring under this heavy, heavy burden directly and indirectly.  

We, in ODECE, hold the GW community even tighter right now. We condemn racism and anti-Blackness, and the violence that has killed so many Black people. We acknowledge that racism and white supremacy are part of the foundation of this country, and we hope that each day our team in ODECE moves us closer to a more equitable and just future where a letter like this is not needed. We understand that many of our GW community members deal with, feel, and live with racism on a daily basis. For many Black people and communities of color, racism and state sanctioned violence are not new. What is new is today’s frequent filming of this violence, such that the world can see them in their most grotesque forms. Holding these atrocities up to the light is necessary, and they still take a toll on the hearts and minds of Black people all over the globe.

While many people continue to ask for a return to the “normal,” we know that for Black people and those from historically marginalized communities, that means a continuation of oppression, injustice, hate, and violence. We have to create something better. We have to raise higher.  

Over the coming days, ODECE and university partners will host events for the GW community to come together to process, work on healing, learn from one another, and move towards action. We recognize that sharing what you feel right now may also be critical and timely, and offer you space to do so here. Please know that our university resources for support remain available, including Counseling and Psychological Services, Advocacy & Support, Student Affairs, Human Resources, Faculty Affairs, and of course ODECE.

To Black students, staff, faculty, and alumni, and community partners, we see you and send you love and strength. Your existence matters, you are enough, and we are with you. Near or far, together we Raise High.

Peacefully, 

ODECE Signatures

 

#GWInSolidarity Schedule:

Week 1 

GW Black Men: Graduate Students - Being Heard
Sponsored by Black Men's Initiative
June 8th | 9 - 10:30 pm

 

GW Black Men: Faculty & Staff - Being Heard
Sponsored by Black Men's Initiative
June 10th | 4 - 5 pm

 

GW Black Men: Undergraduate Students - Being Heard
Sponsored by Black Men's Initiative & GW Police Department
June 10th | 7 - 8:30 pm

 

GW Student Space for Processing
June 11th | 7 - 8:30 pm

 

GW Faculty and Staff Space for Processing
June 12th | 12 - 2 pm

 

GW Black Community Space for Healing
June 12th | 3 - 5 pm
Attendees are asked to commit to the full time

Week 2

GW Black Women: Community & Conversation
June 15th | 3 - 4:30 pm

 

GW Black Community Space for Healing

June 16th | 3 - 5 pm
Attendees are invited to come and go throughout the program

 

GW Black Men: Community & Conversation
Sponsored by GW Black Faculty, Staff, Alumni & MSSC
June 16th | 4 - 5 pm

 

Race, Police Killings, and Prospects for Reform

June 17 | 4 - 5:30 pm

 

GW Non-Black People of Color Conversation: Role in Anti-Blackness
June 18th | 2 - 3:30 pm

Week 3

Student Activism in 2020 at GW and in the Community
June 22nd | 11am  - 12:30 pm

 

GW Police Department and Relationship to Community
June 24th | 1 - 2:30 pm

 

GW Queer and Trans People of Color: Community & Conversation
June 25th | 6 - 7 pm

 

A Conversation About the Role of White People in Racial Justice & Anti-Racism
June 26th | 2 - 3:30 pm

 

Week 4

Creating a Career of Justice
June 30th | 3 - 4:30 pm

 

Unconscious Bias Workshop for Faculty
July 1st | 10am - 12 pm