Stand with Us: Higher Education Statement of Support for 2018 National Black Lives Matter Week of Action

The URBAN Philadelphia node endorses the following initiative:

Dear higher education colleagues and friends,

We, the undersigned professors and scholars, publicly express our support for, and solidarity with, teachers and community members who have organized the 2018 National Black Lives Matter Week of Action[] to be held between  February 5-10, 2018. This week of action focuses on making Black Lives Matter in our universities and schools by engaging our communities in discussions centered on the 13 guiding principles that extend Black Lives Matter into a movement. We believe that this week of action is vital for educators, parents, students, and all communities in order to…

  • Create a space for introspection and dialogue around the 13 guiding principles;
  • Build deeper connections between educators, parents, students, and community organizations;
  • Stand in support of national organizing of Black Lives Matter;
  • Work with students and student groups to take a leading role in this week and moving forward.

We are asking you, our colleagues, to:

  • sign on to this Statement of Support,
  • introduce the week of action in your institutions, and
  • invite other colleagues to stand with us

As this work continues beyond February 10th, we point to the Racial Justice Statement written by the Caucus of Working Educators (Philadelphia), which asserts that “purposeful action needs to be taken in order to eliminate the adverse outcomes derived from perpetual structural racism evident in public education.”

This ongoing work will promote equity; the value of human life; and educational, political, and social justice.  It requires that all of us, as educators, develop the knowledge and actions necessary to eliminate the barriers that intersecting forms of structural prejudice, stereotyping, discrimination, and bias create in Philadelphia and beyond.  We are committed to teaching, learning, and co-creating culture in our classrooms that reflect these mission and goals in order to build the leadership of our students so that we may all live by these principles.  The survival and liberation of Black people and, by extension, all people demands this.

Thank you for your time and attention.

In Solidarity,

Jen Bradley, Swarthmore College

David I. Backer, West Chester University

Dana M Simone, West Chester University

Miranda Weinberg,  Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania

Mark C. Lewis, University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education

Elaine Leigh, University of Pennsylvania

Marybeth Gasman, University of Pennsylvania

Sharon Ravitch, Penn GSE

Richard Liuzzi, University of Pennsylvania

Elly Porter-Webb, Community College of Philadelphia

Kathleen Riley, West Chester University

Nicholas Toloudis, The College of New Jersey

Katie Pak , Penn GSE

Krystal Strong , University of Pennsylvania

Casey Bohrman, West Chester University

Rosemary A Barbera, La Salle University

Amy Brown, University of Pennsylvania

Kyle Schultz, University of Pennsylvania

Susan L. DeJarnatt, Temple University

Encarna Rodríguez, Saint Joseph’s University

Kristen Goessling,  Penn State, Brandywine

Sarah Byker James, Community College of Philadelphia

Jody Polleck, Hunter College

Steven Davis, Community College of Philadelphia

Edwin Mayorga, Swarthmore College

Laura Roy, La Salle University

Cassie Lo, University of Pennsylvania

Lauren Anderson, Connecticut College

Camika Royal, Loyola University Maryland

Bree Picower, Montclair State University

Tanya Maloney, Montclair State University

Nirmala Erevelles, The University of Alabama

Keisha McIntosh Allen, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Rema Reynolds, Eastern Michigan University

Jamel K. Donnor, The College of William & Mary

Charles H.F. Davis III, University of Southern California

Gloria Ladson-Billings, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Jessica Shiller, Towson University

Ramon Goings, Loyola University Maryland

Karin Lange, Loyola University Chicago

Roderick L. Carey, University of Delaware

Sonia M. Rosen, Arcadia University

Kathryn Strom, California State University East Bay

Bobby Rivers, St. John’s University

Jennifer V. Jones

Jenna Cushing-Leubner, University of Wisconsin – Whitewater

Erin Whitney, California State University, Chico

Mary Enoch Elizabeth Baxter, Temple University

Juliet Curci, Temple University

Tabitha Dell’Angelo, The College of New Jersey

Beth C Rubin, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

James Arrington, University of Pennsylvania

Lisa Smulyan, Swarthmore College

Monica Taylor, Montclair State University

Sara Tolbert, University of Arizona

Lara Cohen, Swarthmore College

Zoe Burkholder, Montclair State University


Edwin Mayorga | Assistant Professor
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