I wanted to start a thread for us to share what we’re doing to express solidarity with Black Lives Matter, police & prison abolition, etc. in our communities through anti-racist resources, actionable mission statements, and the like.
My colleagues and I created this scaffolded list of resources available to members of our community, based off of the amazing framework provided originally here - https://docs.google.com/document/d/1PrAq4iBNb4nVIcTsLcNlW8zjaQXBLkWayL8EaPlh0bc/edit?usp=drivesdk
In the coming days, we are going to host a set of letter writing campaigns on defunding police and donating to allied causes, one for staff/faculty and one geared at students. We also had an unstructured dialog aimed at students last week and found it was extremely beneficial to them to have a space where this was possible.
I also wanted to share this doc from my colleague Erhardt Graeff, who is a computer science professor at Olin and works with Families for Justice as Healing and other social justice orgs in the Boston area. He wrote this to help students navigate the glut of information and movements, what to share (or not share) on social media and applying critical thinking/fact checking skills to it. Erhardt and I have also been active in our Public Interest Tech group’s Slack space, trying to answer questions as they’re coming up. I’m learning a lot and I hope we are helping!