RRUFA statement on anti-racism
The RRUFA membership was pleased to endorse a statement on anti-racism, one drafted by the association's anti-racism committee, on October 5. RRUFA would like here to share that statement, which now represents the association's official position, with the rest of the Royal Roads community and in support of anti-racism activities across the institution. RRUFA would like to thank the members of its anti-racism committee, namely Athena Madan, Jaigris Hodson, Jennifer Walinga, Catherine Etmanski, Moira McDonald, Deb Linehan, and Ken Christie, for their invaluable work on this important issue and for a related and well-attended teach-in they held for members in September.
Royal Roads University Faculty Association Statement on Anti-Racism
In RRUFA, we strive to be not only non-racist, but actively anti-racist. In our education, daily interactions, administration, research, and teaching, we take a critical view of the role of the academy in general, and our work at RRU in particular, and the ways institutions of higher learning have been actively hostile to Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC). Although each individual cannot always accurately assess the ways systems of colonialism and white supremacy have impacted their actions, we strive to constantly learn from mistakes, do better, and make amends for past wrongs. In order to achieve these goals, we have convened an anti-racism committee which is responsible for assessing all our current practices and identifying areas of improvement. We commit to the development of an action plan to help us be more actively antiracist, and develop key areas of advocacy that we will continue to address in an effort to achieve additional opportunities for equity, diversity and inclusion at RRU and in our scholarly communities. BIPOC colleagues are fully supported and included in this shared work, and their input is valued and appreciated.
Proposed by the Anti-Racism Committee, and endorsed by the RRUFA membership on Monday October 5, 2020