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By Professor Yonder Moynihan Gillihan, Department of Theology, and the Faculty for Justice at Boston College.
We, the Faculty for Justice (FfJ) at Boston College, stand in solidarity with the courageous students who are working to advance racial justice on our campus. We write to lend our support to their recent and ongoing work, in particular the UGBC resolution on racism at BC, and the Teach-In that was held on Wednesday, March 20 in Gasson 100 at 12 p.m.
The administration’s responses to the recent racist incidents and hate crimes on campus reveal and reinforce aspects of campus culture that contribute to high rates of dissatisfaction among students, alumni, staff and faculty of color, as well as to the University's challenge to attract and retain a diverse faculty and student body. In particular, the University's insistence on addressing racism primarily as a consequence of individual moral failure or weakness, along with the University's failure to address institutional structures and cultural norms that perpetuate white supremacy at Boston College, contribute to the recurrence of anti-Black hate crimes on our campus.
We request that the University collaborate with us in making good faith efforts to seek out and engage the perspectives of those courageous witnesses who have brought unsettling testimony to our collective attention, and to publicly examine the history and current state of racial justice at Boston College.
We request that the University demonstrate good faith engagement by fulfilling the requests of the UGBC platform, in particular, that:
• Father Leahy should play a lead role in the University's engagement with the UGBC resolution;
• a student representative should serve on the Board of Trustees;
• budgets should be doubled for the Thea Bowman AHANA Intercultural Center, Learning To Learn office (specifically for AHANA+ students), and Montserrat Coalition for the 2019-2020 academic year and subsequent years;
• all administrators, deans, provosts, department chairs, and tenured faculty should receive training on recognizing and combatting racism;
• BC should hire external and nationally recognized organizations to consult and assist in the facilitation of these conversations and policy initiatives.
Black Eagles and other students who stand in solidarity with them have demanded change loudly and clearly, in detail, in writing, and in public fora on campus. FfJ calls on the administration of Boston College to heed the testimony of these voices.
M.Brinton Lykes, CDEP, LSOE+HD
Yonder Moynihan Gillihan, Theology
Min Hyoung Song, English
Eileen Donovan-Kranz, English
Jonathan Howard, English and African and African Diaspora Studies
Hiba Haz, BC Law School
Eric Weiskott, English
Emily F Gates
Patrick Proctor, Lynch School of Education & Human Development
Laura. E. Hake, Biology
Kristin Peterson, Communication
Eileen Sweeney, Philosophy
Lori Harrison-Kahan, English
Sara Moorman, Sociology
Andrea Crow, English
Marilynn Johnson, History
Charles Derber, Sociology
Jessica Shaw, Social Work
Martin Summers, History and African and African Diaspora Studies
Natalia Sarkisian, Sociology
Kristen Bottema-Beutel, Lynch School of Education and Human Development
Samantha Teixeira, Social Work
Eve Spangler, Sociology
Wen Fan, Sociology
Juliet Schor, Sociology
Yajun Mo, History
M. Shawn Copeland, Theology, GSAS' 91
Paula Mathieu, English
Ellen Goldstein, Mathematics
Mary Jo Iozzio, PhD, Ecclesiastical Faculty
Babak Momeni, Biology
Rebecca Dunn, Biology