The University of Washington Bothell and Cascadia College Campus Library stands in solidarity with our Black students, faculty, and staff as well as Black communities across the country. We condemn all murders of Black people by the police, recent and throughout the history of police brutality. We condemn the systems of oppression and institutionalized racism that allow and perpetuate these atrocities. We condemn inaction and silence from individuals and institutions meant to support and serve community. Black Lives Matter.
You told us about the trauma your community experiences from being targeted by historically anti-Black institutions, disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and persistently terrorized and killed by state-sanctioned violence. Students, we see you and have heard your demands, including those presented during our 5/28 Community Reads Student Activist Panel and the 6/1 open letter signed by the (UWS) Black Student Union, African Student Association, Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights, and Solidarity for Black Student Needs Coalition.
It is inexcusable that our institution and many others have required so much of your time and labor before we responded to this crisis. We see you, hear you, and are committed to a faster response and better support in the future.
We are not empowered to make the decisions that only faculty can make regarding finals, grading, and credit. But in response to your recent demands, we see the ways that our institution has failed you, and we commit to using our position as an academic support unit to support Black students in the following ways:
Silence is complicity. Inaction is complicity.
Black Lives Matter. We see you, we hear you, and we stand with you. We are committed in our support of you now and in the future.
This statement is a living document. The list of commitments is in no way exhaustive. We are committed to identifying programs we can expand or create, new actions we can take, and ways that we can build on work that we do to make our library an equitable and just place.