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Anti-Racism Action Update

Summary

OCE staff share an update on our anti-racism actions and liberation practices since June 2020 with plans for the coming year.

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Since then, we have adapted our curriculum and policies, expanded our programming, engaged in critical learning, dialogues, and reflection, increased our assessment of racial justice outcomes, reallocated resources, and centered ourselves on the values of equity and liberation. These actions have grounded us more deeply in relationship and purpose. We have appreciated the joy, connection, and call toward continued growth that has come from stronger bonds with others. A more detailed list of our anti-racism efforts is included on our webpage.
 
And more than a year later, we know that much of our original statement is still true. Our lives and efforts are still shaped by racism, white supremacy, and many other systems of oppression. We offer limited perspectives, miss things, make mistakes, and reinforce inequalities, especially as a predominately White staff. And we remain committed to justice in our values, work, and relationships.
 
As we prepare for this upcoming year, with the possibility of a fuller campus-community experience, our anti-racism and liberation practices continue. We will sustain the actions of this past year and engage in new efforts, including: using disaggregate data to better understand access and engagement, focusing on the continued impact of COVID-19, particularly in BIPOC communities, and building more equitable partnerships which value the full potential of all.
 
Your feedback, questions, and ideas are always welcome.