This summer, President Lash charged the Advisory Council on Hampshire's Commitment to Anti-Racism to consult campus constituencies and think broadly about the issues that Hampshire College needs to address regarding racism and support for members of underrepresented communities on campus.
The council will:
Over the summer the Advisory Group on Hampshire’s Commitment to Anti-Racism met weekly. We heard from several Hampshire staff members and mapped out areas of challenge and opportunity with respect to supporting actively anti-racist work at Hampshire. While this summer was an important time, we recognize that learning -- and learning while doing -- will be an ongoing process. During our conversations, we discussed the workings of racism on campus; power, privilege, and oppression; structural racism and white supremacy; white allyship and the burdens carried by people of color in a historically and predominantly white institution; the role of intersectionality in understanding identity; and the importance of learning from one another through dialogue and compassionate listening.
Over the course of these rich discussions, the council developed initial recommendations that can support our community’s efforts around education and understanding systems of oppression. The council shared some short-term recommendations with President Lash that include:
As we begin the new academic year the Advisory Council will continue to meet with campus individuals and groups to identify community needs and seek feedback on proposed recommendation. By the end of Fall 2016 (or early Spring 2017) we will provide a list of long-term recommendations to the President based on input from our community.
For additional feedback and suggestions please contact co-chairs, Diana Sutton-Fernández, Chief Diversity Officer (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Kristen Luschen, Dean of Multicultural Education and Inclusion (email@example.com).