Coalition Highlights 2020-current
This list of successes has been documented for historical purposes. Members are encouraged to reference it when discussing Coalition work with others.
Year 1: September 2020-August 2021
The Coalition’s first year emphasized defining organizational structure and initiatives, listening, learning, facilitating discussions, building collaborations within the institution, and writing letters and statements.
174 colleagues signed the Pledge to Dismantle White Supremacy within Ourselves and Our Institutions.
Early adopters (~20 signers) developed framework for a cross-campus collaborative space for all faculty and staff to engage in anti-racist action at UC
Developed organizational structure and strategic plan for 2020-2022. Organizational structure includes 2 co-chairs, 2 co-secretaries, 5 consultants from the Black faculty and staff; and 9 co-chairs of 5 committees (Student-facing, Colleague-facing, Reading & Discussion, Curriculum, and Resource Development)
Established a network of student leaders and connected regularly to learn from their experiences and better inform CARA’s direction and approach.
Wrote 3 letters requesting action (Grad School Dean Search, Office of Research DEI Task Force, President Pinto); 3 letters endorsing support of letters written by others (United Asian Advocates, UCAADA, College of Medicine); and 1 statement (regarding the Jan. 6 Insurrection). We drafted 1 letter that was not sent (re: sorority racist rant; still a win, but speaks to systemic issues)
Megan Lamkin (Coalition founder & co-chair) with Kish Richardson (Black Round Table co-founder and co-chair 2020-2021) co-presented “Addressing Systemic Racism at UC: A Faculty-Staff Coalition to Support Student Calls to Action” at the Anti-Racism Community Engagement Virtual Conference, 2021
Year 2: September 2021-August 2022
Year two emphasized clarifying what “the work” looks like (varies by individual ability and environmental context) and building infrastructure to support organizational sustainability.
220 colleagues joined or renewed their Coalition affiliation as members or friends by signing the Pledge to Organize for Racial Equity
Developed web page.
Secured a campus “home”: CARA became a part of UC’s Center for Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (March 2022).
Started CARA’s “Advocacy Buddies” program (Feb. 2022)
Started a Telegram channel to quickly convene members if a white supremacist group “popped up” campus (40+ subscribers).
Continued encouraging members to purchase and wear “End Polite Silence” t-shirts on Fridays.
Leveraged general meetings to illuminate forms of racial injustice experienced at UC and demonstrate various forms of advocacy work
June Taylor-Slaughter (UC Libraries) read & discussed her poem, Red, White, and Blue
Carol Tonge Mack and Ron Jackson discussed the impact of a 2013 racist cartoon depicting them
Coalition leaders shared what motivates them to do the work, including challenges encountered along the way
Members shared and discussed sources of racial inequity in a range of spaces at UC and options for advocating for change (e.g., is it individual work or Coalition work?)
“Whose Story Gets Told” panel discussion at the AACRC
David Warmack’s story: how can we help?
Co-Chair initiated weekly office hours starting Jan. 2022
Co-Chairs spoke to the following groups about the Coalition
College of Nursing Committee for Inclusive Excellence (Megan Lamkin, Feb. 2022)
CAPS DEI Committee (Megan Lamkin, March 2022)
Colleague-facing Committee identified DEI groups and contacts across the university.
Curriculum Committee developed a rubric for Inclusive Syllabus Design in collaboration with CET&L. Co-Chairs presented it at a workshop hosted by CET&L.
Resource Committee developed a list of resources/advocacy guidelines to be shared on our web site.
Student-facing Committee worked with students to create a CARA icon that will allow students to identify members.
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