The former Committee for Diversity, Equity, and Social Justice is now the Leadership Council for Diversity, Equity, and Social Justice.
Read more about Diversity, Equity, and Social Justice work in our community.
Leadership Council Members:
Clare Andre (faculty / parent)
Irene Calis (parent)
Christen Leonard (faculty / parent)
Jennifer Page (faculty)
Eron Picus (faculty / parent)
Katea Stitt (alumni parent)
Dawn Tanner (faculty)
Anti-racism Statement & Resources (6.7.20)
The Leadership Council for Diversity, Equity, and Social Justice at WWS joins with protesters across the world demanding an end to systemic anti-Black racism and the murder of Black people in the hands of the police. Our Council's mission weighs heavily in this moment. We remain committed to the important work of lifting up marginalized voices. This work rests on undoing the many ways in which whiteness is privileged in our society — whiteness, as James Baldwin noted, being a metaphor for power, for who and what is deemed to hold worth, and hence influence, for whose lives, histories, and experiences are prioritized, seen, and heard.
We ask our community to join in these efforts as we continue next year creating spaces to deepen our own learning and in advocating for institutional transformation around equity and social justice at WWS. A hub for social justice resources will soon be available here. In this moment as we stand with Black Lives Matter, we offer here these supportive tools in the ongoing critical work of anti-racist practice:
- Taking about Race, a new portal offered through the National Museum of African American History and Culture
- 75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice, The Justice Initiative
- An open letter to my nonblack friends: My life matters more than your comfort, Washington Post, June 3rd
- Interactive Webinar for Anti-Racist White People, offered in July by Raising Race Conscious Children. Register
- Listen to Ibram X. Kendi, on how to be an Anti-Racist
- Listen to Seeing White podcast series
- Read Q&A: How to Talk to Kids About Black Lives and Police Violence
- What I Learned as a Young Black Political Speaker in Liberal White Austin from Texas Monthly