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Anti-Racism Initiatives and Updates

Cedar Crest’s work toward racial equity on our campus is ongoing. This page will be updated frequently as we take action as a community.

Institutional Goals with Anti-Racism Action Plan Mapping — January 15, 2021 Update

To monitor performance against our Institutional Goals throughout the 2020–2021 Academic Year, an Anti-Racism Action Plan Mapping document has been created. This document includes all 60+ anti-racism action items generated by the Diversity & Inclusion Council, the College faculty, the College Athletic Department, and the President and her cabinet. It aligns each action item to the eight broad goals communicated on August 27. This document will be updated at the end of each semester to serve as a mechanism to report on the college’s progress. 

Institutional Goals with Anti-Racism Action Plan Mapping

 

Walter Wallace Statement—October 28, 2020

Our hearts are with the Wallace family, the West Philadelphia community, and those experiencing trauma in the aftermath of this and other recent deaths of Black Americans.

We urgently call for better availability of mental health resources in our communities. A person in a mental health crisis deserves human compassion and expert care.

Elizabeth M. Meade, PhD
President, Cedar Crest College 
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Anti-Racist Action Plan—August 27, 2020

The following plan for academic year 2020-21 was created through an inclusive process that began with serious concerns raised by alumnae of the College about racial equity on campus.  The College’s Diversity & Inclusion Council produced a report on our progress on the goals of the action plan created by the 2015-2016 Task Force on Diversity & Inclusion. This report showed significant progress in some areas, but little progress in others.  Successes of that action plan included the hiring of a full time Director of Diversity & Inclusion, the dramatic increase in programming for students of color, the creation of the Center for Diversity and Global Engagement, and an increase in the retention rate of our students of color.

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Community Message on Racial Injustice – June 4, 2020

Cedar Crest believes that Black lives matter, but also that it is not enough to say that we see our Black community, that we hear our Black community, and that we stand with our Black community. We must see in ourselves the ways we hold up systemic racism, knowingly and unknowingly, and work vigorously to dismantle them. We must listen to the Black community, but understand that it is OUR job, not theirs, to educate ourselves about the roots of racism and how to support anti-racist activism. We must stand up and march forward with a plan of action to become an institution that embodies at every level what we say we stand for.”

Elizabeth M. Meade, PhD
President, Cedar Crest College 
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Faculty Institutionalized Racism Action Plan Summary

Cedar Crest Faculty Institutionalized Racism Action Plan Summary – June 30, 2020

In the context of the current national conversation about racism, social justice, and equity, and as we think about institutionalized racism at Cedar Crest College, we respond to The Forgotten, a group of Black alumnae and former faculty and staff. The Cedar Crest Faculty affirms the importance of working together as a community to listen to and support our students and colleagues of color; to recognize where we have failed to do so; and to commit to changing the infrastructure, curriculum, and culture of our institution in order to fulfill the College’s mission of equality. 

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We acknowledge that we have a responsibility to do all in our power to create a diverse, inclusive, and equitable learning environment that values all students, staff, and faculty, their histories, and their contributions. Since the Cedar Crest Faculty is responsible for the College’s curriculum, our actions will be directed towards educating our students and ourselves about racism, and about how to foster equity, inclusion, and antiracism in our classrooms and our community.

In the coming academic year, the Faculty pledge to do the following to address the curriculum:

  1. Create and distribute a guide that faculty can use to evaluate their course content and teaching practices in order to integrate more diverse, equitable, and antiracist perspectives, and to foster greater intercultural competence in class content.
  2. Document where the curriculum is currently addressing diversity, equity, and antiracism in courses and programs. This information will identify existing strengths in the curriculum while highlighting areas where more intentional work needs to be done.
  3. Review the syllabus guidelines given to faculty members to ensure that our statement on diversity and inclusion acknowledges the value of diverse perspectives in the classroom.

In the coming academic year, the Faculty pledge to do the following to address their own professional development:

  1. Enforce required attendance at current and future diversity training modules for all faculty and returning adjuncts.
  2. Formalize how faculty have addressed issues of diversity, equity, and antiracism in faculty annual self-evaluations.
  3. Advocate for time set aside for all faculty to learn and discuss social justice issues, including racism, microaggressions, and accommodations.
  4. Use the monthly faculty speaker series to spotlight those faculty whose research addresses racism, diverse pedagogies, or social advocacy, or who use such research to inform their teaching.
  5. Discuss how best to include faculty teaching, scholarship and service that involves diversity and equity into the formal expectations and responsibilities of faculty provided in the Faculty Handbook (the central document that offers guidelines for faculty performance).

Over the next two years, the Faculty and Faculty committees will engage in the following activities:

  1. Revise the College’s Liberal Arts Curriculum to engage more systematically with diversity, equity, and antiracism.
  2. Recommend that a faculty member be appointed to partner with the Director of Diversity and Inclusion, to facilitate coordination of faculty activities and curriculum surrounding diversity, social justice, and advocacy.
  3. Seek funding for faculty development to assist faculty in the creation of courses that are more inclusive and culturally aware.
  4. Advocate that the President’s Cabinet be expanded to include a staff or faculty member who is trained in anti-racism and diversity.
  5. Continue to support efforts to recruit, hire, and retain diverse faculty and staff.

As faculty, we recognize that our strategies will not create immediate change. However, we are committed to holding ourselves, each other, and the College accountable to making positive, tangible progress, in order to address issues of diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism in the curriculum and in our classrooms.

To view the full statement and plan, click here.


Anti-Racist Resources

The below is a compilation of selected resources, this list is by no means all-inclusive and we will update it periodically.

#BLM – Antiracism Brochure [pdf]
Racial Justice Organizations
Campus Resources
Voting information
Reading List
Podcasts

Racial Justice Organizations

Black Lives Matter: to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes. By combating and countering acts of violence, creating space for Black imagination and innovation, and centering Black joy, we are winning immediate improvements in our lives.

Advancement Project: Rooted in the great human rights struggles for equality and justice, we exist to fulfill America’s promise of a caring, inclusive and just democracy.

American Civil Liberties Union: Our mission is to realize this promise of the United States Constitution for all and expand the reach of its guarantees.

Campaign Zero: Works to promote action by policymakers at every level of government to end police violence.

Color of ChangeThe Marshall Project: Nonprofit journalism about criminal justice

NAACP Legal Defense Fund: is America’s premier legal organization fighting for racial justice. Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, LDF seeks structural changes to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and achieve racial justice in a society that fulfills the promise of equality for all Americans.

National Bail Out: The National Bail Out collective is a Black-led and Black-centered collective of abolitionist organizers, lawyers and activists building a community-based movement to support our folks and end systems of pretrial detention and ultimately mass incarceration.

Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ): SURJ’s role as part of a multi-racial movement is to undermine white support for white supremacy and to help build a racially-just society.

Southern Poverty Law Center: We monitor hate groups and other extremists throughout the United States and expose their activities to the public, the media and law enforcement.

UnidosUS :  We serve the Hispanic community through our research, policy analysis, and state and national advocacy efforts, as well as in our program work in communities nationwide

Index of Bail Funds and Legal Help by City: Community-created google document with list by city

Black Visions Collective:  believes in a future where all Black people have autonomy, safety is community-led, and we are in the right relationship within our ecosystems.

The Minnesota Healing Justice Network: We provide a supportive professional community and mutual aid network for wellness and healing justice practitioners who also identify as IBPOC (indigenous, black, or people of color).

Campus Resources

Student Handbook

Bias Incident Report Form

Bias Response Policy

Diversity & Inclusion Council

Voting Information

VotesPA.com
PA can register for the general election from now until October 19, 2020.
You can also request a mail ballot

https://www.vote.org/ 
Register to vote. Check your registration status. Get your absentee ballot. Fast, free, easy, secure, nonpartisan.

https://civicnation.org/  
Empowering people to take action can change culture.

https://www.rockthevote.org/
Building the political power of young people.

Reading List

How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Ibram X. Kendi (for younger readers)

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson

The Blacker the Berry by Wallace Thurman

The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X and Alex Haley

American Lynching by Ashraf H.A. Rushdy

Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman Jr.

Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do by Jennifer L. Eberhardt

Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment Is Killing America’s Heartland by Jonathan M. Metzl

White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism by Robin DiAngelo

Black Marxism: The Making of the Black Radical Tradition by Cedric J. Robinson

Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-Create Race in the Twenty-First Century by Dorothy Roberts

Waiting ‘til the Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of Black Power in America by Peniel E. Joseph

The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race, edited by Jesmyn Ward

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective edited by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

Well-Read Black Girl: finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves edited by Glory Edim

White Flight: Atlanta and the Making of Modern Conservatism by Kevin Kruse

Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More by Janet Mock

This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color, edited by Cherríe Moraga and Gloria Anzaldúa

Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches by Audre Lorde

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson

West Indian Immigrants: A Black Success Story? by Suzanne Model

Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla F. Saad

The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America by Khalil Gibran Muhammad

Racism Without Racists by Eduardo Bonilla-Silva

 Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

The Possessive Investment in Whiteness: How White People Profit From Identity Politics by George Lipsitz

The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain by Langston Hughes

Citizen: An American  Lyric by Claudia Rankine

Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment by Patricia Hill Collins

When Affirmative Action Was White: An Untold History of Racial Inequality in Twentieth-Century America by Ira Katznelson

Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class by Ian Haney López

Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches by Audre Lorde

Habits of Whiteness: A Pragmatist Reconstruction by Terrance MacMullan

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America by Jennifer Harvey

Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Brittney Cooper

Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America by Melissa V. Harris-Perry

Podcasts

All My Relations

New York Times' 1619

EJI's Lynching in America

Intersectionality Matters with Kimberlé Crenshaw

The #GroundingsPodcast

NPR's Code Switch

The Appeal’s Justice in America

Beyond Prisons

Ear Hustle

Angela Glover Blackwell’s Radical Imagination

Updates

Charge to the Board of Trustees ad hoc Committee for Racial Equity

The Board of Trustees and the President of Cedar Crest College created a special Committee for Racial Equity, co-chaired by a trustee and an alumna, and consisting of faculty, staff, trustees, current students and alumnae along with the President and the Chair of the Board.

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The committee has been broadly charged with assessing areas of opportunity to deepen and expand initiatives to address racism and create a culture of inclusion from an institutional perspective. Beginning with an inventory of the College’s existing initiatives and procedures to dismantle institutionalized racism and create an inclusive culture, the Committee will 1) advise the College on critical areas not currently being addressed by existing initiatives; 2) review the institutional Anti-Racist Action Plan for 2020-2021 and make recommendations to the College regarding the Anti-Racist Action Plan for 2021-2022 and beyond; and 3) assist the College with creating an effective communications process. The inclusion of representatives from all of the College’s stakeholders will ensure that the action plan reaches across all aspects of the College community.

The committee will coordinate with existing efforts on campus to address diversity, equity and inclusion, including those of the Center for Diversity & Inclusion, the Diversity and Inclusion Council, faculty committees, and the President’s Cabinet, all of which carry institutional responsibility for ensuring that the values of the institution are represented in the College’s policies, programs and culture.

Racial Equity Committee Updates

December 11, 2020 [pdf]

November 20, 2020 [pdf]

Racial Equity Committee Working Groups [pdf]

Racial Equity Committee Members

President:
Elizabeth Meade

Board Chair:
Sylvia Gardner ’71

Co-Chairs:
Tracy Broomall ’93
Rena Pacheco ’12

Trustees:
Joni Berner ’75
Meg Schoenemann ’78
Carolyn Stennett

Alumnae:
Jade Abston ’12
Noalani Hendricks ’18
Ashanta Floyd Erney ’13

Faculty:
LuAnn Fletcher
Elizabeth Ortiz ’01

Staff:
Tammy Bean
Rosanna Cabatic
Cassandra Cabral-Castro
Stefani Gomez

Students:
Gabryel Porter ’21
Lee Sanford
Sulakshmi Vaid ’21
Daria Warner ’21

Administrative Support:
Meghan Grady

Community Conversations 

Juneteenth: Information and Resources – June 19, 2020 

Talking Circle: Black Lives Matter – June 16, 2020 

Institutionalized Racism in Higher Education — Zoom Meeting hosted by The Forgotten – June 10, 2020 

Letter to Alumnae from Rena Pacheco '12 – June 5, 2020 [pdf]

Facebook Post from The Forgotten [pdf]

Response to Alumnae Concerns – August 27, 2020

Committees

Faculty and Staff of Color – Colleague Resource Group  

Diversity Council 

Diversity and Inclusion Reports 

Diversity and Inclusion Report – July 2020 [pdf] 

2016-2019 Bias Response Team Report [pdf]

Diversity and Inclusion Task Force Report, 2015-2016 [pdf]

Transgender Task Force Report - April 2016 [pdf]