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Read The Faculty for Justice’s Open Letter on Anti-Racism Steps BC Should Take

The Solidarity Statement and Action Plan below was written, circulated, and signed in advance of University President Rev. William P. Leahy, S.J.’s letter to the BC community on June 10. The statement immediately below was written by members of Faculty for Justice after the release of Leahy’s letter. Faculty for Justice is comprised of faculty from the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences, School of Social Work, Woods College of Advancing Studies, Carroll School of Management, BC Law School, the Connell School of Nursing, the Lynch School of Education and Human Development, and the School of Theology and Ministry.

President Leahy has announced steps the University intends to take to combat the scourge of racism in our country, including the momentous establishment of the Boston College Forum on Racial Justice and contributions of the Pine Manor Institute for Student Success. We applaud these meaningful steps and direct the administration’s attention to our invitation to begin the forum’s work in September by first addressing the structure and strategies of ensuring public safety on our own campus.

SOLIDARITY STATEMENT AND ACTION PLAN (June 10, 2020)

To the Boston College Community,

We are faculty and staff at Boston College who grieve with and as members of the Black and African American community in response to the latest police killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Tony McDade, and the lynching of Ahmaud Arbery. These brutal murders exemplify the devastating effects of the deeper systemic and institutional racism that pervade our police forces, legal systems, educational systems, and broader social, political, and economic institutions. We stand in solidarity with those protesting the combined forces of police brutality, anti-Black racism, and white supremacy nationwide. And we challenge ourselves and all others in our institution to take action to redress the centuries-long but persistent subjugation and oppression produced by those forces.

Father Leahy wrote in his June 2 letter that “reflecting its Jesuit, Catholic heritage, Boston College insists that everyone should be treated with dignity, respect, and grace,” declaring that “hatred and racism have no place anywhere” and that “we are called to challenge such behavior when manifested not only in our community but also in our nation and world.” Out of concern for our entire BC community, and especially our Black and other community members of color, we call on everyone in our BC community to come together to continue the conversation, while also taking actions that embody and reflect the stated mission and commitments of the University.

What is needed are concrete commitments by University leadership that address the specific concerns raised not only by protesters on our streets, but by those within our community who have challenged the institution to adopt anti-racist pedagogies and practices. These concerns focus first on the long history of public and private violence against the Black and African American community, seeded and furthered by systems of surveillance, disenfranchisement, and dehumanization. We call for the following actions designed to respond directly to those concerns, and to ensure the safety and well-being of Black students, faculty, and staff on our campus.

1) Commit to aligning the response of this Jesuit-inspired community with the calls of the oppressed as expressed in the demands of the Black Lives Matter movement by engaging in a robust, inclusive, community-wide examination of policing at BC with the goal of creating a safe, welcoming, and just environment for all members of our community. 

Among the issues to be considered should include: de-deputizing the BC Police Department; addressing racial and ethnic profiling on campus; inclusive and effective civilian reviewing of police misconduct; promoting nonviolent de-escalation tactics; improving training and policies around implicit bias; and granting the public access to data on disciplinary matters related to the BCPD. This community-wide review might also consider defunding BCPD, or alternately, reducing police presence on campus while funding emergency-response teams staffed by professionals such as social workers, mental health professionals, EMTs, and so forth. As a first step, the University should convene a community meeting in September with BCPD Chief Bill Evans in which students, faculty, and staff can air their concerns.

2) Commit to increasing the racial diversity at BC at all levels (students, staff, and all levels of faculty and administration). Provide increased financial support and fellowships for Black and other underrepresented students so that their representation at BC reflects the demographics of the city.

3) Give students, faculty, and staff the right to gather freely and express their views without the need for getting permits ahead of time.

4) Provide resources to engage faculty for developing anti-racist and inclusive pedagogies and research methodologies in our courses and our scholarship.

5) Expand resources to concretely support the AHANA+ population at BC based on consultation with AHANA+ students, faculty, and staff.

6) Publicize these efforts, so the BC community is aware of how resources are being allocated and why.

  1. BC Faculty for Justice
  2. Treseanne K. Ainsworth, Associate Dean, English
  3. Claire Johnson Allen, Associate Director, Women’s Center
  4. Emrah Altindis, Assistant Professor, Biology
  5. Sergio Alvarez, Associate Professor, Computer Science
  6. John Anderson, Associate Professor of the Practice, English
  7. Lynne Anderson, Director, English Language Learning, English
  8. Anonymous, Anonymous
  9. Anonymous, Anonymous
  10. Anonymous, History
  11. Anonymous, Lynch School of Education and Human Development
  12. Anonymous, Staff
  13. Anonymous, Staff
  14. Elizabeth Antus, Assistant Professor of the Practice, Theology
  15. Grace Arenas, Adjunct Faculty, English
  16. Karen Arnold, Associate Professor, Lynch School of Education and Human Development
  17. Samir Aslane, Administrative Assistant, Lynch School of Education and Human Development
  18. Sarah Babb, Professor, Sociology
  19. Karl Baden, Associate Professor of the Practice, Art, Art History, and Film
  20. Alice B. Baker, Gift Management and Reporting Assistant
  21. Andrew Barksdale, Career Advisor, Carroll School of Management
  22. Melissa Bartholomew, Part-Time Faculty, BC Law School
  23. Alexander Barton, Interim Coordinator, Administrative and Technology Resources, BC Law School
  24. Avi Bauer, Digital Initiatives and Scholarly Communication Specialist, BC Law Library
  25. Juliana Belding, Associate Professor of the Practice, Mathematics
  26. Suzanne Berne, Adjunct Faculty, English
  27. Mary Bilder, Professor, BC Law School
  28. Joan Blum, Associate Professor of the Practice, BC Law School
  29. Angela Boatman, Associate Professor, Lynch School of Education and Human Development
  30. Amy Boesky, Chair and Professor, English
  31. Kristen Bottema-Beutel, Associate Professor, Lynch School of Education and Human Development
  32. Jordan Bradford, Technology Consultant, BC Law School (GMCAS ’17, GCSOM ’23)
  33. Cheryl Bratt, Professor of the Practice, BC Law School
  34. Karen Breda, Legal Information Librarian and Lecturer, BC Law School
  35. Marcus Breen, Assistant Professor of the Practice, Communication
  36. Kris Brewer, Part-Time Faculty, Art, Art History, and Film 
  37. Scott Britton, Associate University Librarian for Public Services
  38. Mark Brodin, Professor, BC Law School
  39. George Brown, Professor, BC Law School
  40. Nathaniel J. S. Brown, Associate Research Professor of Measurement, Evaluation, Statistics, and Assessment, Lynch School of Education and Human Development
  41. Maria Estela Brisk, Professor, Lynch School of Education and Human Development (emeritus)
  42. Kenneth Burch, Professor, Physics
  43. Kayla Burt, Assistant Director, Admissions, School of Theology and Ministry
  44. Aurelia Campbell, Associate Professor, Art History
  45. Joel Carlton-Gysan, Associate Director of Gift Planning, University Advancement
  46. Jane Cassidy, Assistant Professor, Art, Art History, and Film 
  47. Andrés Castro Samayoa, Assistant Professor, Lynch School of Education and Human Development
  48. Dawei Chen, Associate Professor, Mathematics
  49. Vincent Cho, Associate Professor, Lynch School of Education and Human Development
  50. Candice Chrysostom, Senior Business Systems Analyst 
  51. Alexandra Clark, Development Assistant, University Advancement
  52. Peter Clote, Professor, Biology
  53. Jennifer Cohen, Associate Director, Major Giving, University Advancement
  54. Alston Conley, Assistant Professor of the Practice, Art, Art History, and Film
  55. Mark Cooper, Professor of the Practice, Art, Art History, and Film
  56. Andy Crow, Assistant Professor, English
  57. Allison Curseen, Assistant Professor, English and African and African Diaspora Studies
  58. Jeffrey DaCosta, Assistant Professor of the Practice, Biology
  59. Nawa Dahal, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Weston Observatory
  60. Kyrah Malika Daniels, Assistant Professor, Art History and African and African Diaspora Studies
  61. Andrew Davis, Associate Professor, Old Testament, School of Theology and Ministry
  62. Laurel Davis, Legal Information Librarian and Lecturer in Law, BC Law School
  63. Maria De Rosa, Associate Professor of the Practice, English
  64. Hans de Wit, Director, Center for International Higher Education
  65. Renee DeCesare, Executive Director and Senior Philanthropic Advisor, Schools and Programs, University Advancement
  66. Angela Demehri, Staff Psychiatrist, University Counseling Services
  67. Brian Denning, Associate Director of Major Gifts, University Advancement
  68. Charles Derber, Professor, Sociology
  69. Claire Donohue, Assistant Clinical Professor, BC Law School
  70. Eileen Donovan-Kranz, Associate Professor of the Practice, English
  71. Gawain Dornelly, Staff, Boston College
  72. Natasha Dunlap, Graduate Assistant
  73. Fred Enman, S.J., Adjunct Chaplain, BC Law School
  74. Catherine Enwright, Ph.D. Candidate, English
  75. Jennifer Erickson, Associate Professor, Political Science
  76. Rachel Ernst, Adjunct Faculty, English
  77. Keiseena Evans, Staff, Associate Dean’s Office
  78. Ethan Farber, Teaching Fellow, Mathematics
  79. Daniel Farbman, Assistant Professor, BC Law School
  80. Arlene Feinberg, Staff, Bapst Library
  81. Curtis Finkley, Landscape Services
  82. Robin Fleming, Professor, History
  83. Ismael Fofana, Assistant Professor of the Practice, Biology
  84. Eric Folker, Associate Professor, Biology
  85. Tiffeni Fontno, Head Librarian, Educational Resource Center
  86. Betsy Fountain, Associate Director of Major Giving, University Advancement
  87. Becky Franckle, Assistant Professor of the Practice, Program in Global Public Health and the Common Good
  88. Kate Frenette, Library Assistant, BC Law Library
  89. Gregory Fried, Professor, Philosophy
  90. Julie Gagnon, Administrative Assistant, Marketing, Carroll School of Management
  91. Frank Garcia, Professor, BC Law School
  92. James Gardner, Learning Designer, Center for Digital Innovation in Learning
  93. Emily Gates, Assistant Professor, Lynch School of Education and Human Development
  94. Yonder Gillihan, Associate Professor, Theology
  95. Ellen Goldstein, Assistant Professor of the Practice, Mathematics
  96. Matthew Goode, Assistant Director, Center for Teaching Excellence
  97. Michael Goodman, Web, Social Media and Events Support Specialist, Lynch School of Education and Human Development
  98. Lindsay Gordon, Associate Director, University Advancement
  99. Samantha Gordon (’16), Assistant Director of Residential Life
  100. Andrew Grant, Visiting Assistant Professor, International Studies
  101. Elizabeth Graver, Professor, English
  102. Kent Greenfield, Professor, BC Law School
  103. J. Elisenda Grigsby, Professor, Mathematics
  104. Stacy Grooters, Executive Director, Center for Teaching Excellence
  105. Michelle Grossfield, Public Interest and Pro Bono Program Director, BC Law School
  106. Hiba Hafiz, Assistant Professor, BC Law School
  107. Laura Hake, Associate Professor, Biology
  108. Lori Harrison-Kahan, Associate Professor of the Practice, English
  109. Michaelyn Hartmann, Part-Time Faculty, Biology
  110. Ellen Healy, Associate Director for Learning Technologies, Center for Digital Innovation in Learning
  111. Peter Hess, Learning Technologies Administrator, Center for Digital Innovation in Learning
  112. Kristin Heyer, Professor, Theological Ethics, Theology
  113. Mary Ann Hinsdale, Associate Professor, Theology
  114. Zina Hodge, Associate Director, Field Placement and Outreach, Lynch School of Education and Human Development
  115. Charles Hoffman, Professor, Biology
  116. Gail Hoffman, Associate Professor, Classics and Fine Arts
  117. Mary Holper, Associate Clinical Professor, BC Law School
  118. Anne Homza, Assistant Professor of the Practice, Lynch School of Education and Human Development
  119. Lauren Honig, Assistant Professor, Political Science
  120. Jonathan Howard, Assistant Professor, English
  121. Marjorie Howes, Associate Professor, English
  122. Thomas Hulse, Visiting Assistant Professor, Mathematics
  123. Kim Humphrey; Instructional Designer, Center for Teaching Excellence; Ph.D. Candidate, Theology
  124. Aeron Hunt, Associate Professor, English
  125. Ingu Hwang, Korea Foundation Visiting Assistant Professor, International Studies Program and History
  126. Kristin Imre, Adjunct Faculty, English
  127. Penelope Ismay, Associate Professor, History
  128. Mary Jo Iozzio, Professor, Moral Theology, BC School of Theology and Ministry
  129. Yvonne Jenkins, Senior Staff Psychologist, University Counseling Services
  130. Marilynn S. Johnson, Professor, History
  131. Renee Jones, Professor and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, BC Law School
  132. Andrew Jorgenson, Professor, Sociology
  133. Ali Kadivar, Assistant Professor, Sociology
  134. Susan Simone Kang, Adjunct Professor, Director of International Programs, BC Law School
  135. Daniel Kanstroom, Professor, BC Law
  136. Thomas Kaplan-Maxfield, Associate Professor of the Practice, English
  137. Christopher Kenaley, Assistant Professor of the Practice, Biology
  138. Stacie Kent, Assistant Professor, History
  139. Amanda Kenyon, Admissions, BC Law School
  140. Nate Kenyon, Director, Marketing and Communications, BC Law School
  141. Lisa Kessler, Part-Time Faculty, Art, Art History, and Film
  142. Clara Kim, Media Production Graduate Assistant, Center for Digital Innovation in Learning
  143. Jeeuhn Kim, Doctoral Student, Mathematics
  144. Min Jung Kim, Digital Learning Specialist
  145. Nam Wook Kim, Assistant Professor, Computer Science
  146. Oh Myo Kim, Associate Professor of the Practice, Lynch School of Education and Human Development
  147. Dan Kirschner, Professor, Biology (emeritus)
  148. Mark Kleinschnittger, Manager, Recruitment and Operations, BC Law School
  149. Khalid Kodi, Adjunct Faculty, Art, Art History, and Film
  150. Steve Koh, Marianne D. Short and Ray Skowyra Sesquicentennial Assistant Professor, BC Law School
  151. Amanda Labriola, Adjunct Faculty, English
  152. Helen Lacouture, Associate Law Librarian for Collection Services and Digital Initiatives, BC Law School
  153. Robert Lehman, Associate Professor, English
  154. Theodore Lehre, Ph.D. Candidate and Teaching Fellow, English
  155. Rebecca Levine Coley, Professor and Chair, Counseling, Developmental and Educational Psychology
  156. Ramsay Liem, Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Visiting Scholar, Center for Human Rights and International Justice
  157. Tim Lindgren, Senior Learning Experience Designer, Center for Digital Innovation in Learning
  158. LM, Faculty
  159. Brian Loane, Graduate Student, English
  160. Maria Lockheardt, Director of International Advancement, University Advancement
  161. John Logan, Development Assistant, University Advancement
  162. Vicki Losick, Assistant Professor, Biology
  163. Rebecca Lowenhaupt, Associate Professor, Lynch School of Education and Human Development
  164. M. Brinton Lykes, Professor, Psychology, Lynch School of Education and Human Development; Co-Director, Center for Human Rights and International Justice
  165. Cynthia Lyerly, Associate Professor, History
  166. Julie MacEvoy, Associate Professor of the Practice, Lynch School of Education and Human Development
  167. Keerthi Madapusi Pera, Assistant Professor, Mathematics
  168. Ray Madoff, Professor, BC Law School
  169. Michael Malec, Associate Professor, Sociology (emeritus)
  170. Timothy Mangin, Assistant Professor, Music
  171. Paula Mathieu, Associate Professor, English 
  172. Zachary Matus, Associate Professor, History
  173. Maia McAleavey, Associate Professor, English
  174. Lauren McCauslin, Director, Alumni Class and School Engagement
  175. Sarah McMenamin, Assistant Professor, Biology
  176. Judith A. McMorrow, Professor and Associate Dean of Experiential Learning and Global Engagement, BC Law School
  177. Katherine McNeill, Professor, Science Education, Lynch School of Education and Human Development
  178. Patrick McQuillan, Associate Professor, Lynch School of Education and Human Development
  179. Shawn D. McShay, Graduate Enrollment Management, BC Law School
  180. Saoirse McSharry, Adjunct Faculty, Biology
  181. Matthew Mersky, Ph.D. Candidate, English
  182. Andrew Miller, Assistant Professor, Lynch School of Education and Human Development
  183. Dorothy Miller, Adjunct Professor, English
  184. Karen K. Miller, Associate Professor of the Practice, History
  185. Francesca Minonne, Assistant Director, Center for Teaching Excellence
  186. Rebekah Mitsein, Assistant Professor, English
  187. Yajun Mo, Assistant Professor, History
  188. Babak Momeni, Assistant Professor, Biology
  189. Catherine Mooney, Associate Professor, School of Theology and Ministry
  190. Sara Moorman, Associate Professor, Sociology
  191. Greer Muldowney, Assistant Professor of the Practice, Art, Art History, and Film 
  192. Colleen Murphy, Associate Director, University Advancement
  193. Michael Noone, Professor and Chair, Music
  194. Kelsey Norwood, Staff
  195. Kevin O’Neill, Associate Professor, History
  196. Arissa Oh, Associate Professor, History
  197. Heather Olins, Assistant Professor of the Practice, Biology
  198. Gabrielle Oliveira, Assistant Professor, Lynch School of Education and Human Development
  199. Hosffman Ospino, Associate Professor, School of Theology and Ministry
  200. Patrick Orson, Visiting Assistant Professor, Mathematics
  201. Zinnia Owen Smith, Academic Support Assistant, BC Law School
  202. Erik Owens, Director, International Studies Program; Associate Professor of the Practice, Theology Department
  203. Mariela Paez, Associate Professor, Lynch School of Education and Human Development
  204. Hilary Palevsky, Assistant Professor, Earth and Environmental Sciences
  205. Prasannan Parthasarathi, Professor, History
  206. Rupal Patel, BC Director of Program Innovation
  207. Maria Pestana, Staff, BC Career Center
  208. Kristin Peterson, Assistant Professor, Communication
  209. Deborah Piatelli, Part-Time Faculty, Sociology
  210. Stephen Pfohl, Professor, Sociology
  211. Jill Pickener, Assistant Director, Office of Undergraduate Programs, Lynch School of Education and Human Development
  212. Larry Pickener, Associate Director, Education Abroad
  213. Ángeles Picone, Assistant Professor, History
  214. Zygmunt Plater, Professor, BC Law School
  215. Rezy Pradipta, Research Scientist, Institute for Scientific Research
  216. Patrick Proctor, Professor, Lynch School of Education and Human Development
  217. Jennie Purnell, Associate Professor, Political Science
  218. Untara Rayeesa, Adjunct Faculty, English
  219. Katie Rapier, Assistant Professor, Philosophy
  220. Charles Redmond, Adjunct Faculty, English
  221. Robert Reed, Assistant Professor of the Practice, Mathematics
  222. Virginia Reinburg, Professor, History
  223. Michael Resler, Professor, German Studies
  224. Ana Rivera, Visiting Professor, BC Law School
  225. Carson Rogers, Visiting Assistant Professor, Mathematics
  226. Kylie Rolincik, Adjunct Professor, Screenwriting and Film Studies
  227. Michelle Ronty, Associate Director, Major Giving, University Advancement
  228. Sarah Gwyneth Ross, Professor, History
  229. Heather Rowan-Kenyon, Associate Professor, Lynch School of Education and Human Development
  230. Bonnie Rudner, Professor of the Practice, English
  231. Matt Rutledge, Associate Professor of the Practice, Economics
  232. Dana Sajdi, Associate Professor, History
  233. Brian Salerno, Director of Learning Design, Center for Digital Innovation in Learning
  234. Samuel Sanchez, Associate Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, Lynch School of Education and Human Development
  235. Doug Saphire, Director of Recruitment and Employer Outreach, BC Law School
  236. Evangeline Sarda, Associate Clinical Law Professor, BC Law School
  237. Martin Scanlan, Associate Professor, Lynch School of Education and Human Development
  238. David Scanlon, Associate Professor, Lynch School of Education and Human Development
  239. Juliet Schor, Professor, Sociology
  240. Craig Schroeder, Associate Director, Major Giving, University Advancement
  241. Scott Seider, Associate Professor, Lynch School of Education and Human Development
  242. Silvia Sellers-García, Associate Professor, History 
  243. Franziska Serpahim, Associate Professor, History
  244. Kaplana Seshadri, Professor, English
  245. Natalia Sarkisian, Associate Professor, Sociology
  246. Francine Sherman, Clinical Professor, BC Law School
  247. Mary Sherman, Adjunct Faculty, Art, Art History, and Film 
  248. Dennis Shirley, Professor, Lynch School of Education and Human Development
  249. Paul Sinclair, Boston College HVAC Department
  250. Joshua Snyder, Director of Faith, Peace, and Justice Minor, Theology
  251. Andrew Sofer, Professor, English
  252. Min Song, Professor, English
  253. Ximena Soto, BC School of Social Work Assistant Director of the Latinx Leadership Initiative
  254. Brian Sousa, Adjunct Instructor, English
  255. Eve Spangler, Associate Professor, Sociology
  256. Robert Stanton, Associate Professor, English
  257. Ev Stefanakos, Ph.D. Candidate, English
  258. Martin Summers, Professor, History and African and African Diaspora Studies
  259. Eileen Sweeney, Professor, Philosophy
  260. Meghan Sweeney, Associate Professor of the Practice, PULSE Program and Theology
  261. Kari Tannenbaum, Visiting Professor, BC Law School
  262. Laura Tanner, Professor, English
  263. Sandy Tarrant, Visiting Associate Clinical Professor of Law, BC Law School
  264. Marija Tesla, Staff, BC Law School
  265. Leonardo Torres, Assistant Director, Aquatics and Instructional Programs
  266. Paul Tremblay, Clinical Professor and Dean’s Distinguished Scholar, BC Law School
  267. Maria Tringale, Director, University Advancement
  268. Usha Tummala-Narra, Professor, Counseling, Developmental and Educational Psychology, Lynch School of Education and Human Development
  269. Kaitlyn Tuthill, Director of Assessment, Lynch School of Education and Human Development
  270. Keisha Valdez, Senior Learning Experience Designer, Center for Digital Innovation in Learning
  271. Conevery Valencius, Professor, History
  272. O. Ernesto Valiente, Associate Professor, Systematic Theology
  273. Maureen Van Neste, Assistant Professor of the Practice, BC Law School
  274. Malachi Van Nice, Media Graduate Assistant, Center for Digital Innovation in Learning
  275. Anjali Vats, Associate Professor, Communication and African and African Diaspora Studies
  276. Jamie Walker, Learning Technologies Administrator, Center for Digital Innovation in Learning
  277. Jason Wallace, Employee, Boston College
  278. Jon Wargo, Assistant Professor, Lynch School of Education and Human Development
  279. Douglas Warner, Director of Laboratories, Biology
  280. Eric Weiskott, Associate Professor, English
  281. James Weiss, Associate Professor, Theology; Director, Capstone Program
  282. Danielle Wells, Associate Director, Office of Undergraduate Admissions
  283. David Wirth, Professor, BC Law School
  284. Catherine Wong, Director of Urban Outreach Initiatives, Lynch School of Education and Human Development
  285. Jessy Yang, Adjunct Faculty, Art, Art History, and Film
  286. Alfred Yen, Professor and Dean’s Distinguished Scholar, BC Law School
  287. Liane Young, Associate Professor, Psychology
  288. Shannon Poppe Zaruba, Resident Director, BC Residential Life
  289. Ling Zhang, Associate Professor, History
  290. Brian Zimmerman, Adjunct Faculty, English
June 25, 2020
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