Dismantling Anti-Black Racism on Campus and Beyond
Black Lives Matter
The scientific community has been slow to act against the many forms of anti-Blackness. Our de facto inaction has limited the participation and success of Black men and women in our fields as undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs and faculty. Even the peer review process yields differential outcomes for Black scientists. In the process, we have contributed to a pernicious myth that the capacity for science and scientific authority is white, or anything but Black...
We must recognize how our own actions contribute to the culture that allows unforgivable police brutality to persist. In the academic environment, implicit bias and microaggressions, and even explicit racism, remain rampant and consequential, contributing to the low recruitment and retention of Black scientists. The absence of a clear and systematic commitment to the mentoring and professional success of Black faculty and students also remains a significant challenge. Not talking about these challenges because it makes us uncomfortable is no longer an option. We can do better. We must do better.
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BlackinNeuro and #BlackinNeuroWeek
BlackinNeuro is an international grassroots organization dedicated to celebrating Black excellence in neuroscience and neuro-related fields. Spanning multiple countries, career stages, and research interests, the team that has come together to organize BlackinNeuro, which includes the CNLM's Angeline Dukes and Elena Dominguez, unites a diverse set of perspectives and skills. The team organized the inaugural #BlackInNeuroWeek July 27 - August 2. Connect with them on Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
BlackinNeuro is creating an organization that can serve the Black In Neuro community through scholarships, meetings, and other programming. If you would like to sponsor or donate to their efforts, please click here. All donations are tax-deductible. If you’d like to be recognized as an individual donor with a contribution of $100 or more, please email the team the confirmation of your donation at BlackInNeuro@gmail.com. For donations of $500 or more, please include a logo. View current sponsors and donors here.
Discussions and Reports
The CNLM is taking action by leading a series of campus discussions on how we can improve our diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence practices and creating task forces to formulate concrete proposals to fight institutional racism on our campus and promote the success of our Black students and faculty. The links below archive the content of these discussions and ensure transparency. To join the discussion and receive copies of the task force reports, please join our #BLM mailing list.
June 9th, 2020
Becoming Anti-Racist: A Conversation on Being a Better Advisor, Labmate, and Friend.
June 10th, 2020
Dismantling Systemic Racism in STEM: A #ShutDownSTEM Virtual Town Hall
July 21st, 2020
Dismantling Systemic Racism: A Panel Summary and Town Hall Discussion
On Campus Resources
- UCI Office of Inclusive Excellence
- Diverse Educational Community and Doctoral Experience (DECADE) Mentors
- List of Equity Advisors on UCI's Campus
- UCI Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity
- UCI Cross Cultural Center
- UCI Office of the Campus Social Worker
- UCI Counseling Center
- UCI Ombudman's Office (Confidential reporting available)
- UCI CARE (Confidential reporting available)
- UCI Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC)
How to Report a Concern
- Police Misconduct Complaints via UCI Police (anonymous reporting available)
- Police Misconduct Complaint via Central UC mechanism (Anonymous complaints are accepted)
- Hate, Bias or Other Campus Climate Issues (Anonymous reporting available)
- UC Systemwide Reporting of Acts of Intolerance (Anonymous reporting available)
- Mandated Reporting Requirements in case of sexual offenses.
Resources and Reading Lists
- Anti-racism resources by Angeline Dukes, Elena Dominguez and Dr. Autumn Ivy
- Anti-racism resources by Alyssa Klein and Sarah Sophie Flicker
- Concrete steps for recruiting, supporting, and advancing underrepresented minorities scientists
- Academics4BlackLives.com Training and Resources
- UCI Libraries Ebook Collection on Understanding and Combatting Racism
- Talking About Race Web Portal - National Museum of African American History & Culture
- ACLU Know Your Rights - for Protesters
- Blacklivesmatter Resource Guide
- Particles for Justice resource list
- Supporting the Black Lives Matter Movement resources
- 26 Ways to Be in the Struggle Beyond the Streets
- A Timeline of Events That Led to the 2020 'Fed Up'-rising - The Root
- An Anti-Racist Reading List - by Ibram X. Kendi - The New York Times
- An Essential Reading Guide for Fighting Racism - Buzzfeed
- 20 Essential Black History Books - Elle Magazine
- 31 Children's Books to Support Conversations on Race - embracerace.org
- Black Lives Matter Research Guide for Systemic Racism and Activism - Princeton University Library
- Collection of free online courses on race and racial justice - BestColleges.com
News and Social Media
- Blacklivesmatter.com - The Official Global Network
- Grieving and frustrated: Black scientists call out racism in the wake of police killings - Nature
- #BlackintheIvory by Joy Melody Woods and Dr. Shardé Davis (article)
- How to talk with family about the movement - Twitter thread
- Apple launches $100M racial justice initiative - Black Enterprise
- Black scientists call out racism at their institutions - The Verge
- How to actually promote diversity in STEM - The Atlantic
- The time tax put on scientists of color - Nature
- NIH peer review: Criterion scores completely account for racial disparities in overall impact scores - Science Advances
- UCI Podcast: How the LEAD-ABC program gives black medical students a ‘powerful’ voice
- The Fire Next Time: Anti-Black Racism and the Struggle to Live in the United States | June 4, 2020 - UCI Office of Inclusive Excellence
- The 2%: Navigating UCI as a Black Student - Anteater TV
- The Fire This Time: Race at Boiling Point - Hosted by the UC Humanities Research Institute
- The Future of Race Relations - OC Forum with UCI and UCI Health
- How to Build an Anti-Racist World - TED talk by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
- How Can We Make Racism a Solvable Problem - TED talk by Dr. Phillip Atiba Goff
- How Can We Win - viral video by author and activtist Kimberly Jones
- Privilege/Class/Social Inequalities Explained in a $100 Race - a helpful metaphor
- “Mother, How Come is Everything White?” I Muhammad Ali Interview on Parkinson, 1971
- How to Deconstruct Racism, One Headline at a Time - TED talk by Baratunde Thurston
- The Symbols of Systemic Racism - and How to Take Away Their Power - TED talk by Paul Rucker
- Dr. Robin DiAngelo Discusses "White Fragility" - Seattle Central Library
- Instagram video by DNLee - Instagram
- TED talks to help understand racism in America - TED talks
Toolkits and Training
- NIH Scientific Workforce Diversity Toolkit - NIH Scientific Workforce Diversity Office
- The Implicit Association Test: A test of implicit bias from Harvard University
- List of Racial Equity Educators - Forbes Magazine
- Illustrating Equality vs. Equity – by the Interaction Institute
- How to Build an Actively Anti-Racist Company - Quartz at Work
- Anti-Racism and Diversity Trainers: Core Competencies and Leading Training Practices - AMSSA
- Training for Racial Equity and Inclusion: A Guide to Selected Programs - Dr. Ilana Shapiro
- Diversity, Equity and Inclusion – Resource list by Dr. Isabella Velicogna
- Crowdsourced list of Equity Training Consultants - AmericansfortheArts.com
- Diversity and Inclusion Toolkit - American Association of University Women
- Diversity Toolkit - A Guide to Discussing Identity, Power and Privilege - University of Southern California
- Inclusive syllabus design - University of Massachusetts, Amherst
- Race and cultural diversity in American life and history - Coursera course by Northwestern
To submit more resources to the list, please email email@example.com.
How You Can Help!
Make a Donation
If you are looking for ways to donate to nonprofits that are supporting Black lives in Orange County and beyond, here are a some reputable ones to consider.
- Orange County African American Community Center Inc
- The Bail Project
- OC Human Relations
- NAACP Legal Defense Fund
- The Movement for Black Lives
- Color of Change
- Showing Up for Racial Justice
- National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls
- The Highlander Center
- The Fund for Black Newspapers
- The Bread and Roses Fund
- Voice of the Experienced
- The Texas Organizing Project
- Black Visions Collective
- The Transformation fund
- Southsiders Organized for Unity and Liberation
- The Crossroads Fund
- Life Comes From It
Support Black-owned businesses
- List of Orange County Black-owned Businesses
- List of bookstores
- Orange County businesses and restaurants
- Orange County Restaurants
- Los Angeles Restaurants
Take Action With the ACLU
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Southern California defends the fundamental rights outlined in the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights. These include the right to freedom of speech and assembly, the right to religious freedom, due process of law, equality before the law and the right to privacy. Click the "Take Action" tab to send messages to state and local representatives.
Join a Black Lives Matter Chapter or Start a New One
Get involved with the Innocence Project. Founded in 1992 by Peter Neufeld and Barry Scheck at Cardozo School of Law, the Innocence Project exonerates the wrongly convicted through DNA testing and reforms the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice. Take a stand against wrongful convictions by joining a local organization, inviting an exoneree to speak or signing up for volunteer opportunities.
Know Your Rights Camp
Know Your Rights Camp is a free campaign founded by Colin Kaepernick to raise awareness on higher education, self empowerment and instructions on how to properly interact with law enforcement in various scenarios. Camps have been held across the country from Oakland to New York.
The Movement for Black Lives
From leadership development to a Week of Action, the Movement for Black Lives "makes it possible for us, and therefore everyone, to live healthy and fruitful lives."
My Brother's Keeper Alliance
In 2014, former President Barack Obama launched My Brother's Keeper "to address persistent opportunity gaps facing boys and young men of color and to ensure all youth can reach their full potential." Within the Obama Foundation, MBK Alliance focuses on building safe and supportive communities for boys and young men of color where they feel valued and have clear pathways to opportunity. From becoming a mentor to supporting your local MBK community, you can get involved here.
Get Involved With the NAACP
"NAACP membership makes a positive difference in the lives of Americans, and provides an opportunity to become an important part of a network of hundreds of thousands of member advocates." Here's how to get involved.
The NAACP also has a Legal Defense Fund. Donations to the fund help win landmark legal battles, protect voters across the nation, and advance the cause of racial justice, equality, and an inclusive society. Donate here.
Register to Vote
Learn how to register to vote and find the deadlines for voter registration in your state.
Here is a list of recommended books and links to purchase them from Semicolon Bookstore & Gallery, Chicago's only black woman-owned bookstore.