College of the Arts Community Pledge in Support of Black Lives Matter
CSULB College of the Arts Community Plan in Support of Black Lives Matter
Words without actions ring empty and hollow.
This is our Plan of Action In support of our Community Pledge. Our Plan:
- The CSULB College of the Arts is already holding and will continue to hold listening sessions with students and the community.
- The CSULB College of the Arts will create a social media site across Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram – CSULBArtsListening. These platforms allow students, faculty, alumni and staff to post resources/information, art, video testimony, and writing.
- The CSULB College of the Arts will amplify messages from social media in our regular newsletters to the COTA community of faculty, staff, alumni, donors, patrons, and friends
- The CSULB College of the Arts will engage our Faculty Council to analyze the data culled from listening sessions and postings to write a report with a plan of action for the Dean by the end of the Academic Year 2020-2021.
- As informed by our listening sessions, The CSULB College of the Arts will explore a college-wide Speakers and Discussion Program to be coordinated in conjunction with existing speakers/visiting artists series in the academic units and the Carpenter Performing Arts Center, the Kleefeld Contemporary.
- The CSULB College of the Arts will investigate our retention of BIPOC faculty and staff, identify the weakness and failings in our system, and work to strengthen and correct our interactions and treatment of BIPOC colleagues.
- We will amplify our anti-bias work and provide opportunities for our COTA community to engage in anti-racist training. We recognize that this work will be challenging, ongoing, and evolving and we are committed to engage in it in an enduring fashion.
- The CSULB College of the Arts will reexamine our mission statements through the lens of anti-blackness and make changes to reflect our anti-racism commitments.
- The CSULB College of the Arts will reexamine current curriculum through the lens of anti-blackness and make changes to reflect our anti-racism commitments.
The CSULB College of the Arts, in formulating and drafting this Pledge and Plan, took inspiration and guidance from a number of organizations and leaders, including the California Council on Teacher Education.