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Dear Community,

Black lives matter.  Black lives have always mattered. Today, Juneteenth 2020, in the midst of another moment in the ongoing revolution, we reflect on centuries of white supremacy, especially in the construction of our educational environment.  We lift Black voices to the forefront of our awareness.  Last year, Chris Lee (AIM Coach) and the Black Student Association led the campus celebration of Juneteenth at Orca Day.  In this year's virtual environment, we ask that you honor the Black lives who built the foundation of this nation by feeding your soul with Black research, writing, and art.  

Get started with a few of our recommendations:

There are many other ways to learn and amplify Black voices - enjoy your journey!  Visit the Intercultural Center webpage to read our community letter and to visit the Cultural Care Package.  The Intercultural Center will host a commencement watch party to celebrate graduates.  Zoom in at 360 383 3100.    

With great care for our community and in solidarity, 

Intercultural Center Student Scholar/Leader Team: Iolante Hill-Locke, Marc Howard, Dani Kennedy-Jefferson, Ezinna Onukwufor, Manu Waore, Evelyn Jimenez, and Iman Adem. 

Coordinating Team:  Tanya Zaragoza-Rosas, Equity & Diversity Coordinator; Tony Blackwell, Interim Media Assistant; Jackie Rumble, Interim Program Coordinator support; Janis Velasquez Farmer, PhD, Director for Intercultural Services

 

 

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Black. Lives. Matter

 

Dear Community,

Intercultural Services honors all identities, both in the Intercultural Center and throughout campus programs.  The state of our socio-emotional health continues to face challenges, whether financial-, pandemic-, or justice-related.  These are only three, of many, areas of concern.  

Through the pain, we, the Intercultural Services team, immerse ourselves in news and social media to maintain currency in conversations we're unable, and unwilling, to avoid.  All around us, the heaviness of anti-Black racism and anti-Asian harassment due to COVID-19 necessitates more connection, community, and conversation.  When we harbor our feelings in isolation, we’re unable to find that connection, community, and conversation.

Black Lives Matter.  We stand in solidarity with Black students, staff, and faculty, demanding racial justice.  We stand with our community members who denounce bigotry and racism.  We honor the work of the many equity-minded instructors and practitioners who bring anti-racist teaching into their classrooms.  The pain, frustration, and anxiety of racial injustice transcends subject matter.  

Our work is shifting in real time and we continue to hold spaces critical to the health of our community, where our family, friends, educators, and students are in shock, re-traumatized by current events, and re-living disorienting experiences.  The world needs us to remain socially distant and yet we need to hold each other closer than ever.  

We recognize our individual responsibilities to interrupt invisible systems that oppress and marginalize minoritized communities, prioritizing those that specifically cater to anti-Black racism. 

Right now, ask yourself, “What am I doing today to contribute to a racially just society?” The answers might be found in the actions, words, and initiatives below: 

Black Lives Matter

 Allyship action for Asians to show up for Black Lives | Guidelines for White Allies |  Movement for Black Lives

Support Black businesses with your money, your voice, and your social media. 

Check in with your Black family, friends, educators, and students.  Send a message of support, breathe together, lead by example, and role model vulnerability.  Offer reflective space in your teaching environment and participate in reflective moments as a learner.  Additionally, take care of yourself - the Intercultural Center's Cultural Care Package may help.    

We can support and honor the work of police officers while holding them to the standards of expectation they set in their own words: Excellence, integrity, respect, protect.  Support and accountability are not mutually exclusive.  

With great care for our community and in solidarity, 

Intercultural Center Student Scholar/Leader Team: Iolante Hill-Locke, Marc Howard, Dani Kennedy-Jefferson, Ezinna Onukwufor, Manu Waore, Evelyn Jimenez, and Iman Adem. 

Coordinating Team:  Tanya Zaragoza-Rosas, Equity & Diversity Coordinator; Tony Blackwell, Interim Media Assistant; Jackie Rumble, Interim Program Coordinator support; Janis Velasquez Farmer, PhD, Director for Intercultural Services

Additional resources 

Anti-racism resources  Pedagogies of Care: Ourselves and our students  1619