The GWU Faculty Association endorses the statement issued by the Office for Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement regarding the ongoing police violence and structural assaults on black people. We support the Black Lives Matter protests in Washington, DC and around the nation. We commend the GW Student Association for sharing with the campus community a list of resources we might use to support and ally with students of color at GWU and beyond.
As the ODECE states:
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. . . 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.
The GWU Faculty Association joins this effort “to create something better” on our campus and in our world. The GWU community deserves a campus on which all students, staff and faculty are safe and respected. We deserve a voice in the evolution and governance of our university, its policies, and its priorities. We deserve an excellent and equitable university. Let’s build the university we need and deserve.
The GWU Faculty Association