GSC Statement on Social Unrest, Racism, and Inequality

Shared first via email on June 5, 2020

Dear Fellow Graduate Students,

At CSU we are part of a community that extends beyond our campus. This community is suffering at the hands of unchecked racism, sexism, and homophobia spreading fear and pain. The recent deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery, and too many others have refocused the ordeal of centuries of endemic racism and highlighted both the inequities in our community and the failures of our law enforcement to protect and serve. Not all of us fully understand the pain the Black community is going through, but we see you and we stand with you. The graduate student body is a diverse and strong community that is well poised to take action and help. Though there is no one-size-fits-all way to help, there are many possible actions to take, leading to change and equity for all.

Mental Health Support and Resources:

Help by supporting your fellow rams – read Black Rams Matter: A Note of Solidarity. The Office of Vice President for Diversity at CSU offers resources on self-care, diversity, equity and inclusion education, and advocacy. The Student Diversity Programs and Services provide further support for community and education. You can report incidents of bias here.

Help by taking care of yourself and accessing the mental and emotional health resources offered through CSU and the broader community (flyer attached). Additionally, BEAM (Black Emotional and Mental Health) is an organization committed to the emotional/mental health and healing of Black communities.

Policy and Action Resources:

Help by submitting CSU specific proposals to the Race, Bias, and Equity initiative.

Help by changing policing practices by donating to, or working with, Campaign Zero. Campaign Zero has data-based policy solutions to limit police interventions, improve community interactions, and ensure policing accountability.

Help by contacting elected officials to call for police reform and accountability (contact information attached). If you are interested, the Enhance Law Enforcement Integrity bill has been introduced and can be reviewed at leg.colorado.gov/bills

Help by voting. And fighting against voter suppression (Fair Fight 2020).

Help by donating to and taking action with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, which fights for racial justice through litigation, advocacy, and education. Or the National Bailout Fund Network. And take a look at more options to get involved in this document with resources for accountability and action for Black lives.

Help by donating to Chelsea’s Charity. Chelsea is an awesome 10-yr-old who provides her homemade art kits to children that may not have access to art supplies or children that have gone thru a traumatic experience. She wants to help support the social-emotional development of as many children as possible because “art is start!”

Help by amplifying Black voices (e.g. on social media or supporting Black-owned businesses – Fort Collins Black-owned businesses).

Help the Graduate Student Council in our commitment to being active and on-going participants in the fight against racism. You can get involved with our Diversity and Inclusion committee and help institute solutions for the fall semester.

On-going Education for Anti-Racism Resources:

Help by investing in your own long-term education on ways to be actively anti-racist. More resourcesinclude: a document with anti-racism resources, another document with anti-racism resources, Everyday Feminism, and JSTOR syllabus on Institutionalized Racism. And note that these are in no way exhaustive, but a starting point for those who need it.

Help by acknowledging and talking to your family and friends about your own biases, coming to terms with your own privilege, and owning up to mistakes.

We see you. We stand with you. We stand together.

Sincerely,

Graduate Student Council