Alaina Macaulay, Isenberg’s director of diversity and inclusion, shared this message with the school community in response to the anti-racism protests being held around the country:
My Dearest Isenberg Community,
I am overcome and overwhelmed by the longstanding and intentional systemic racism our country continues to face. Now more than ever, we, as an Isenberg community, must stay united in our goals to seek justice and equity for all. My office and the larger Isenberg community condemn all forms of hate, racism, prejudice, and bigotry, and we want to see these issues resolved safely and peacefully.
If you are doing anti-racism work, please share it with us. We, as a school, want to use our platform to elevate your voice, to highlight and showcase the good work being done by our community and FOR our community. Tag us on social media (Instagram and Twitter) and use the hashtag #Isenberg4BlackLives.
If you are struggling to make sense of the current turbulence our country is facing, know you are not alone. I have compiled a preliminary list of resources (below) from various sources and platforms that can help us all learn about and understand the many injustices that infiltrate our everyday lives. This list is in no way exhaustive, and should only be seen as an opportunity to engage and challenge ourselves.
My office will continue to support all Isenberg students, faculty, and staff in their journey towards understanding and peace. I’m here to listen as well as process with you. Please reach out (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any further questions or concerns.
Read the response from UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy here, a note from Isenberg Dean Anne Massey here, and the response from Isenberg's McCormack Department of Sport Management here.
A detailed explanation of the anti-racism actions UMass Amherst is embarking on can be found in this response from Interim Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Nefertiti Walker (who until recently served as Isenberg's associate dean for an inclusive organization) can be found here.
Code Switch: an NPR Podcast tackling race from all angles
1619: In August of 1619, a ship carrying more than 20 enslaved Africans arrived in Virginia. On the 400th anniversary of this fateful moment, 1619 looks at how slavery would be woven into the very threads of America’s democracy.
Click here for a longer list of anti-racism resources.