IT STARTS WITH US.
We’ve all heard it: “2020 was a year unlike any other.” One that, “we never could have imagined.” And yet, we should have.
We know that the inequitable impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the resulting economic disparities, and the pervasive violence experienced by Black, Indigenous, and other communities of color are rooted in systems of oppression. We also know that many of those systems are bolstered by racist public policy and public management practices. The Evans School acknowledges that – by not fully considering the legacy of racism in America and of imperialistic actions across the globe – we have had a role in perpetuating problematic systems.
Anti-racist public policy and programs, and public leaders effective at addressing these institutional realities, are central to building the type of country that we all need, and all deserve. The last year has made it clear -- higher education must play an active role in dismantling systems of white supremacy, democratizing public policy, and improving social equity.
The Evans School is committed to anti-racist change. Honoring the activism and advocacy of many BIPOC Evans School faculty, staff, and students and allies – past and present - we are working to transform our institution and our field.
We start by:
- Increasing access and opportunity for BIPOC students through increased MPA fellowship funding and new programs that support undergraduate students and recent PhD graduates from historically underrepresented communities—thus, expanding pathways to public service for new generations of diverse public service leaders and scholars.
- Developing an anti-racist student experience by continuing to evolve both content and teaching of the Evans School’s curriculum and supporting students and Student Interest Groups in providing anti-racist programming.
- Building anti-racist capacity across the school by working to recruit, retain, and support BIPOC faculty and staff, and increasing investment in diversity and anti-racism trainings and professional development for our faculty, staff, and students.
This is just the beginning. In the coming weeks and months, expect to hear more from us about how we are advancing these efforts. Together we can be a force within higher education and public affairs education that combats the racism and inequities, both individual and institutional, that persist here and throughout our society. Join us this Husky Giving Day as, together, we lay the foundation to build a stronger and more just world.