We are happy to share with you current Haverford College courses focused on power, privilege, and difference. As we continue to work to respond to the request from BSRFI (Black Students Refusing Further Inaction) for a new Bi-Co course, we wanted to also acknowledge the enduring and very good work of faculty who are currently teaching such courses.
In February 2021, a new campus-wide initiative called THRIVE: Truth, Healing, Resiliency, Inclusion, and Equity was announced. Designed to build off progress made last semester, developed under the leadership of Dean Joyce Bylander working with students and fellow deans, and made possible through a $250,000 gift from a member of Haverford's Class of 1966, THRIVE will invest long-term in sustainable change that includes workshops and webinars as a means for the Haverford community to better understand one another, and ourselves. THRIVE, modeled on the W. K. Kellogg Foundation’s Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation Program, is envisioned as a multi-year project that is firm in its commitment to change through constructive engagement.
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Listening Tours 2021
President Wendy Raymond, Provost and Co-Chief Diversity Officer Linda Strong-Leek, Co-Chief Diversity Officer Raquel Esteves-Joyce and Dean Joyce Bylander conducted five listening tours during the first three weeks of March 2021: three for students, one for exempt staff, one for non-exempt staff, and one for faculty. When they are all completed, faculty, staff, and students will be invited to help prioritize the most common themes and ideas, and to develop action and accountability plans to tackle this work. Over the course of the semester, we will summarize and share what we are learning together.
We want to listen to understand how the Fall impacted you, from your various vantage points. We want to listen and then work together to create a path forward that makes Haverford and each one of us better. Some of the questions we asked are:
- How did you experience the events from the Fall?
- What are the issues you think we need to work on to become a truly more equitable and inclusive community?
- How can we move forward as a community
Asian / American Identity and Anti-Asian Racism: Conversation with Friend in Residence, Mr. Mas Nakawatase, Human Rights Activist & Organizer
Anti-Asian hate crimes are on the rise since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Why? What can we do about it? The student facilitators will be asking Mr. Masaru Edmund Nakawatase, Friend in Residence, questions such as: “Is anti-Asian sentiment in the US new?,” “How has Asian American activism changed overtime?,” “How are you navigating being an activist during the pandemic?,” and “What does it mean to be in solidarity with other minority groups, such as Black and Asian solidarity?”
- Anti-racism resources
- Learn about Black history and activism
- Books by Black Activists
- Learn about unconscious bias
- Being Black and LGBTQ
- Open Yale course - African American History: From Emancipation to the Present
- Human Rights Campaign: Communities of Color
- Human Rights Campaign: Tools for equality and inclusion.
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