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Statement of Solidarity

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:


Policing & Safety in the Library

  • Initiate and continue discussions with Campus Safety to address questions and concerns about policing that occurs in our spaces

Anti-Racist Information Literacy

  • Publish resources that report and illuminate the injustices Black people experience and that combat disinformation
  • Provide access to resources on current and historic anti-racist direct action and activist movements to empower students, staff, and faculty 

Critical Operations Reform

  • Commit to ongoing examination of library policies, procedures, and practices to identify and eliminate exclusionary language and harmful precedents

Staff Development and Training

  • As a staff, collectively engage in ongoing anti-racism training and education

Community Programming

  • Convene and facilitate conversations and partnerships to address community challenges1
  • Expand and create new programs that deliberately incorporate anti-racist frameworks
  • Strive to build solidarity by creating space for and integrating your feedback

Communication and Accountability

  • Openly speak out against oppression and injustice
  • Be transparent in our library operations and in upholding these commitments
     

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.

 

 

  1. Inspired by Urban Libraries Council. (2020). “Statement on Race and Social Equity”. Retrieved from https://www.urbanlibraries.org/initiatives/statement-on-race-and-social-equity
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