CCAR Anti-Racism Action Plan
We understand that transparency and accountability are crucial to anti-racism work. Taking the lead from NYC SGA’s Diversity Ambassadors who recently urged departments to share their commitment to anti-racism work, we are sharing our plans to ensure that all of our work is conducted with an intentional focus on diversity and inclusion. While we at CCAR are not new to social justice work, we are always striving for improvement. We particularly believe we can make meaningful changes in the anti-racism training provided to all staff members and the outreach that we conduct with BIPOC students at Pace.
Some of our plans for the 2020-2021 academic year include working to:
- Better integrate training on issues of diversity, equity and inclusion into weekly full staff meetings (interns, stipend, work-study, and full-time staff). 1-2 staff meetings a month throughout the 2020-2021 academic year will be devoted to trainings.
- Attend Academics4Black Lives, June 19-June 26 (full time staff)
- Continue mandated attendance at LGBTQ Center’s Safer Zone and Trans 101 Trainings
- Hold workshops on anti-racism, history of institutionalized racism, white privilege, etc. led by CCAR staff members (when relevant) and/or Pace staff and faculty (when relevant). These conversations will always be led by individuals who have significant experience with the given topic.
- In the fall semester, each CCAR student staff member will be required to lead a discussion during staff meetings on a social justice issue/community partner of interest. This will enhance our office’s ability to participate and lead discussions on social justice throughout our campus, NYC, and Westchester communities.
- Ensure all staff (interns, stipend, work-study, and full-time) are familiar with relevant university policies and procedures, including grievance procedures within the office, and update Student Staff Manual to reflect changes.
- Include related questions in assessment materials.
- Train FACES students (teaching assistants for Civic Engagement Courses) on bias and culturally competent volunteerism.
- Follow SGA’s guidelines for student organizations requiring planning of least 1 program related to diversity, equity and inclusion.
- Increase outreach to community partners in Westchester and NYC working on topics including, but not limited to, mass incarceration and police brutality.
- Carry out intentional outreach to BIPOC students for voter registration work to ensure that Pace student voter registration and participation is increasingly representative of its student body.
- Improve articulation of commitment to anti-racism work in CCAR outreach material and presentations.
- Include recognition of the significance of the campus land to BIPOC communities.
Thank you to Kadija Shaw, Lyric Bickham, and Eli Chazin for providing meaningful suggestions on our original draft.
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