STATEMENT FROM DURHAM COLLEGE STUDENTS INC. REGARDING ANTI-BLACK RACISM AND RECENT EVENTS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(OSHAWA, ONTARIO - JUNE 4, 2020) – Anti-Black racism is real. We hear the hurt coming from our community in light of the murders of more innocent people. Our Black student and staff communities are hurting and ask for us to listen, learn, and most importantly act.
Together we stand in solidarity with the Black community, from our students, faculty, staff, and community partners, against this hate. We are here to support our students through this time in any way we can and if you want to join the conversation, or need support, please reach out to us.
While we support all equity seeking groups and students, we want to do something, even though it is not enough, to start amplifying the Black voices in our community. The DCSI is committed to hosting events every month of the 2020-2021 academic year to educate on anti-Black racism and celebrate Black excellence. We will support and hire Black educators, storytellers, entrepreneurs, and entertainers to host these events.
We will also be working with the Durham College office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Transitions to create spaces for Black identified students and staff to talk, connect, and share about anti-Black racism.
If you are lucky enough to learn about anti-Black racism instead of living it, please do not ignore this privilege.
If you are a student and need support during this time please contact:
I.M. WELL (Student Assistance Program)
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DIVERSITY OFFICE (Durham College)
Black children matter, Black lives matter, Black futures matter.
Executive Chairperson and Chief Elected Officer