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June 5, 2020
Our Commitments to the Black Community and to Racial Justice
We write this note to our colleagues at Georgetown – students, staff, and faculty. And to our partners in the broader Washington, D.C. community and across the educational landscape. We write especially to Black members of our communities and to our allies across campus to say that we hear you, we see you, and we stand in solidarity with you. Black lives matter to us. Your lives matter to us. We believe that this time demands stark clarity, humility, honesty, and a serious commitment to action.
So, we say:
We know that this situation raises the stakes on how we must respond to the continued blatant disregard of Black lives. The Red House and The Hub are two connected units whose existence is grounded in pursuing educational Equity and Innovation – together and inseparably. Equity in education is necessary to advance racial justice, and Innovation in education is necessary to achieve the systemic transformations that are required to advance equity. We commit to being more successful at modeling and enacting change – for our own staff, for our Georgetown community, and for our colleagues and collaborators across the educational landscape.
As the Directors of these units, dedicated to the work of transformative education, we publicly commit to these principles and to translating these broad commitments into specific actions to which we can hold ourselves accountable in the coming weeks:
We are angry and anguished at the violence to the Black community. We are deeply pained that our generation has thus far failed in our essential obligation to leave the world safer for future generations. Yet at a time when anger threatens to consume us, we choose to turn that anger into action. We embrace our roles in sustaining attention to these values through our work, inside and outside of Georgetown.
Director, The Hub for Equity and Innovation in Higher Education
Associate Professor of Biology (Georgetown College)
Director, Red House and the Baker Trust for Transformational Learning
Professor of English (Georgetown College)