Divisional Statement on Anti-Racism

Divisional Statement on Anti-Racism

St. Olaf College’s Division of Student Life exists to serve students, help them thrive, and advance their growth. Our mission to foster an inclusive community and champion student success cannot be fulfilled without acknowledging the pain that our BIPOC students experience.  As a division, we affirm this pain; we denounce racism, we firmly believe Black Lives Matter, and we are committed to building a racially just society and an antiracist community. We commit to bettering ourselves and improving our ability to serve.

Action Steps for the Division

  • Regularly discuss anti-racism, whiteness, and systems of oppression within professional and student staff meetings on a regular, ongoing basis in times specifically set aside for these topics
  • Perform a thorough review of policies and practices with a specific eye towards equity and removing barriers
  • Seek feedback from various constituents (student, staff, St. Olaf community members) through various forms to address instances of racism and inequity within our own spaces
  • Focus on starting anti-racism conversations and work with staff starting with onboarding and roll out opportunities for long-tenured members of our division
  • Enroll in outside training and professional development to learn and implement best practices for anti-racism work

Learn the basics and history surrounding structural racism

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Systemic Racism Explained

A short video from act.tv that explains what systemic racism is and how it affects our world.

 
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The Origin of Race in the US

From the PBS Series “Origin of Everything”, this video discusses how the construct of race and it’s invention as a tool of oppression

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Stacie Gordon: Unconscious Bias

In this LinkedIn Learning course (login with your St Olaf email and password) Stacie Gordon walks through identifying your own unconscious biases and working to do something about them.

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What is Black Lives Matter?

In a short video and letter, founder of the Black Lives Matter movement Patrisse Cullors reflects on the work that has been done and what needs to be done.

On Campus Support for BIPOC Students

Racism and Mental Health

Racism and Mental Health

The Wellness Center has compiled resources on the connections of racism and mental health.

Counseling Center

Counseling Center

Boe House Counseling Center on campus features one on one counseling, workshops, and referral services for students.

Taylor Center for Equity and Inclusion

Taylor Center for Equity and Inclusion

The Taylor Center features events like the Students of Color SAFE Group, Creative Collective, and others. For more information and upcoming events, select this button.

Multicultural Student Organizations

Multicultural Student Organizations

There are many multicultural student organizations offering gathering spaces for many different identities on campus. Search "multicultural" at this link to see all that are offered.

Resources to build on basic learning

After the basic resources above, these resources feature further spaces to learn, develop, and act.  While by no means an exhaustive list, these are a few resources in various forms that allow for further growth and next steps in an antiracism journey.