LMU Anti-Racism and Inclusion Resources

Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. 
James Baldwin


imagery of candles at night during a vigil

What will it take to stand in sustained solidarity with our African American colleagues, friends, family, and students, as we are confronted by, and confront, the anti-black systemic racism and trauma that are part of our history, as well as our present reality?

These structures and ways of thinking have been part of our collective story for hundreds of years.  They are insidious, pernicious, and pervasive in the fabric of our institutions and lives.  Taking on the ideology and structures that reinforce systemic racism will require a lifetime journey, and both a personal and collective commitment.  It will neither be easy nor comfortable.  But it is necessary if we are to change the future.  We must change our future.

So, together let us commit ourselves to the long-term project of shaping our society into one that is just and upholds justice, one that recognizes and values the full humanity of each person, and one that sees and celebrates the beauty and contributions of each community. 

On this page, you will find resources, programs, networks, and possibilities for engaging in the self-reflection and action necessary for taking part in dismantling the structures supporting systemic racism.  We invite you to join us in this work. Find a place to begin with one small step, one concrete commitment.

If you have ideas or feedback on how LMU may work toward an anti-racist, inclusive education, please submit them here.

The LMU Anti-Racism Project

The Anti-Racism Project is rooted in our Catholic, Jesuit, and Marymount identity and university mission, where we regard and treat each other with respect, recognizing the inherent dignity and immutable humanity of all peoples, made in the image of God.  We are called to be persons for and with others, acting out of our faith—inclusive of our varied religious traditions and worldviews—towards social justice for all.

Overview of The Anti-Racism Project (Jennifer Abe, VP for Intercultural Affairs)

Student Resources

Intercultural Facilitator Program
The premise of the Intercultural Facilitator (IF) Program is to develop a group of students, highly skilled in principles of facilitation, to effectively facilitate other students in critical cultural conversations. These conversations lead to an authentic understanding of self, simple but comprehensive ways to engage and inspire community and an honest and inclusive approach to transformative student development.

Together as Effective Accomplices Mobilizing (TEAM)
TEAM is a student organization at LMU that is dedicated to analyzing how ideologies of systematic oppression are constantly being perpetuated throughout the world. TEAM is open for all but essentially provides a space for white people to critically engage in our four main objectives: utilizing our educational tools to analyze one’s own privilege in order to understand how systematic oppression is currently being enacted in everyday life, providing training on how to be effective accomplices to minoritized communities, engaging in coalition building throughout the LMU and Los Angeles community, and providing a safe space for self-care and team building. LMU students, especially white students, are encouraged to contact the group via Instagram @lmu.team for information about upcoming meetings. 

Implicit Bias Workshop

LMU's implicit bias campaign continues with classic IB workshops and next-level programs organized to build upon the work. Contact Joseph.Bernardo@lmu.edu to request a workshop for your team or for more information on upcoming workshops. 

Cultural Consciousness Conversations

A year-long cohort of LMU faculty, staff and administrators across all divisions. Increase your comfort level and build community with colleagues. Share your perspective and learn from others on issues such as bias, microaggressions, immigration, sexual orientation and gender identity, and power/privilege. Express your interest here.

Affinity and Networking Groups for Faculty and Staff

Statements of Solidarity

LMU This Week Special Edition, June 2, 2020

Beyond Words: President Snyder's Letter to LMU, June 16, 2020

Acknowledgement of Understanding: Response to BlackatLMU Students' and Black Faculty & Staff Alliance demands, September 4, 2020

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Seek Understanding

Structural Racism VS Individual Racism

Racism describes a system of power and oppression/advantage and disadvantage based on race. Structural racism is a system, or series of systems, in which institutional practices, laws, policies, social- cultural standards, and socio-political decisions establish and reinforce norms that perpetuate racial group inequities. Within the context of the United State of America, and other nations, structural racism takes the form of white supremacy; the preferential treatment, privilege, power, access, networks, and access to opportunities available to white people, which often designate communities of color to chronic adverse outcomes.

Individual racism refers to a person’s racist assumptions, beliefs, or behaviors. Individual racism stems from conscious and unconscious bias and is reinforced by structural racism. Please visit the list of articles, books, videos, movies, and TV shows within this guide to learn more about how racism functions and affects all of our day-to-day lives. 

LMU Faculty Voices

Books

The William H. Hannon Library staff also created a Black Lives Matter resource guide.

Film and Television

  • 13th (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix
  • American Son (Kenny Leon) — Netflix
  • Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975 — Available to rent
  • Blindspotting (Carlos López Estrada) — Hulu with Cinemax
  • Clemency (Chinonye Chukwu) — Available to rent
  • Dear White People (Justin Simien) — Netflix
  • Fruitvale Station (Ryan Coogler) — Available to rent
  • I Am Not Your Negro (James Baldwin doc) — Available to rent or on Kanopy
  • If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins) — Hulu
  • Just Mercy (Destin Daniel Cretton) — Amazon Prime Video
  • King In The Wilderness  — HBO
  • See You Yesterday (Stefon Bristol) — Netflix
  • Selma (Ava DuVernay) — Amazon Prime Video & Netflix
  • The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution — Available to rent
  • The Hate U Give (George Tillman Jr.) — Hulu with Cinemax
  • When They See Us (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix

Sources include Black Lives Matter (@blklivesmatter), A-List Pathway (@alistpathway) and Agency (@agencylmu).

Podcasts

Articles and Web Resources

Take Action

Allyship

Watch LMU Alumni Association and Intercultural Affairs’ LMU Solidarity Hour, featuring moving personal stories from Black alumni and words of insight, action and hope from faculty.

Read Corinne Shutack’s 75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice

Alliance of White Anti-Racists Everywhere (AWARE-LMU)
AWARE-LMU is a white anti-racist affinity group that supports white faculty and staff in deepening our learning about the impact of systemic racism on individuals, institutions, and society. We work with the guidance of the Office of Intercultural Affairs, Ethnic and Intercultural Services, and other campus partners, and strive to support efforts led by people of color in our community regarding issues of equity and inclusion.

Empowerment

Resources for Student and Community Activism, Criminal Justice and Police Reform, and more

Support and Activism

Donate to victims’ funds:

  • Official George Floyd Memorial Fund: These funds will also go towards the funeral and burial costs along with the counseling and legal expenses for his loved ones. A portion will go towards the Estate of George Floyd for the benefit and care of his children and their educational fund.
  • Tony McDade: Tony McDade was a Black transgender man who was shot and killed by a Tallahassee Police Department officer. The funds go towards funeral and memorial costs.
  • George Floyd Memorial Fund: Donate directly to the family of George Floyd via this gofundme created by his brother, Philonise Floyd.
  • George Floyd’s Sister’s Fund: Further support George Floyd’s family’s mission in getting justice for his death through this gofundme set up by George Floyd’s sister, Bridgett Floyd.
  • I Run With Maud: Donate to the family of Ahmaud Marquez Arbery, who was murdered in February while jogging.
  • Justice For Regis: Donate to the family of Regis Korchinski-Paquet, who fell off a balcony and died after a confrontation with the police.
  • Justice for Jamee: Donate to the family of Jamee Johnson, who was shot four times in the chest by a police officer during a traffic stop.

Donate to or get involved with local organizations that are working towards a better and fairer society for all. Here are a few:

  • Peoples City Council Freedom Fund (L.A.): If you are unable to physically protest, the next best thing is to keep those fighting for the equality out of the very system they are trying to change. The Minnesota Freedom Fund has already raised more than $20 million dollars and is now asking potential benefactors to direct funds to local organizations such as Peoples City Council Freedom Fund. you can also donate to The Bail Project which is a national fund.
  • The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund: the NAACP Legal Defense works on advancing the goals of racial justice and equality by protecting those that are most vulnerable in society. Their work includes court cases that work for a fairer justice system, increasing graduation rates among African American students, protecting voters across the nation, and decreasing disproportionate incarceration and sentencing rates.
  • Los Angeles Action Bail Fund: This fund is organized by Black Lives Matter LA and supported by White People 4 Black Lives. 100% of donations go directly to support bail, fees, and medical costs associated with actions.
  • Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment: This is a grassroots organization that aims to get voters registered and empower Californians to advocate and vote for economic, racial, and social justice.
  • ACCE Action: This multi-racial organization has locations across the state, including Los Angles. They work to fight displacement by taking action to get the city to invest in neighborhoods and fighting for fair housing policies and services across the city.
  • Communities United Against Police Brutality: The Minneapolis organization was created “to deal with police brutality on an ongoing basis.” More information can be found here.
  • Campaign Zero: The organization uses data to inform policy solutions that aim to ends police brutality. Their vision is to create a better world by “limiting police interventions, improving community interactions, and ensuring accountability.”
  • Unicorn Riot reporting: This non-profit media organization brings you objective, street-level reporting on civil violation, police brutality and white supremacy.

Sign a petition:

  • #JusticeforFloyd: The Color of Change petition demands that Mayor Frey block all four officers from receiving their pensions and ban them from ever working in the force in the future. Although, Derek Chauvin calls for Officers Thomas Lane, Tou Thao and J. Alexander Kueng to be charged too. It also demands the release of any protestors that have been arrested. The petition currently needs 55,000 more signatures to meet its goal of 2,500,000. You can sign the petition at the link below or text “FLOYD” to 55156.
  • Justice for Floyd: This petition by Change.org demands the other three officers involved with the murder are held accountable. You can sign the petition here.
  • Justice For Breonna Taylor: This petition calls for (1) charges to be filed against the officers involved,(2)  damages paid to Breonna’s family, (3) Kentucky governors and attorney general to call for action and investigation on Breonna’s behalf, and (4) the re-examination of “no-knock” warrants
  • Justice for Ahmaud Arbery - I Run With Maud: This petition advocates proper handling of the case against Travis and Greg McMichael.

Support Black businesses:

  • Supporting the growth of Black-owned businesses goes a long way in empowering communities in the long run, not just in this exceptionally dire landscape. There is no doubt that the pandemic has disproportionately affected black communities. Here is a Google doc of all the Black-owned restaurants in Los Angeles. Other ways to find Black-owned businesses:
  • You can also show up at affected donate to the Black-Owned Businesses Relief Fund, this fundraiser is aimed at supporting black-owned businesses that have been affected by the recent George Floyd protests.

Submit general inquiries, comments, and concerns to: policecommission@lapd.online 

Self-Care

LMU Student Psychological Services - LMU Student Psychological Services (SPS) provides confidential individual and group therapy; walk-in consultations; emergency psychological services; and psycho-educational outreach programming. SPS also offers psychological consultation to students, faculty, staff or parents who are concerned about a student. There is no charge for our services. SPS is accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services, Inc. Make an appointment here.

Explore LMU’s Wellness Opportunities

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