Ohio Wesleyan University
Delaware, OH 43015
The Department of Psychology believes in racial equality and supports efforts to achieve justice and equal treatment for Black people.
Many of us have been struggling with the immense anger and grief that we feel as we listen to the seemingly countless reports of the murders of Black people like Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Tanisha Anderson, Alexia Christian, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and others. We recognize that horrendous acts of violence against Black people must end and that it is vital that we stand for justice. It is heartbreaking and unacceptable that Black people continue to feel unsafe and that society treats them as though their lives matter less. We believe it is necessary to show with words and actions that Black lives matter.
Structural racism in this society must be acknowledged and dismantled, and higher education has a moral obligation to address social justice concerns. In addition to incidents of police brutality and violence against Black people, there are numerous reports about COVID-19 disproportionately impacting the health and financial stability of people of color, generally. Unfortunately, many of us are not surprised to learn about the racial disparities of COVID-19. Racial inequality is a continuing crisis in this country. Racial inequality is present in healthcare, housing, the criminal justice system, education, the workforce and in many other areas of our lives. What motivates us as educators in academia is that we have an opportunity to create real change, especially within the education system, our fields of study, and the community.
The Department of Psychology is committed to creating a more just, safer, and more inclusive environment for all students, faculty, staff, and community members. Diversity in all its forms, culture, race, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, age, religion, family structure or relationships, and economic status, strengthens and enriches the educational program and everyday life at Ohio Wesleyan University. It is essential that we cultivate an environment where everyone has equal opportunities to learn and grow and to share their knowledge and experiences. To that end, we must develop departmental initiatives and a list of concrete actions to combat racial injustice and to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion in our university community.
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