Actions and resources in response to police brutality
The following message was shared with Diaspora listserv subscribers.
I am writing during a time of what I know to be extreme pain, hurt, and anger for the Black community. I know that many of you are concerned about your health, safety, and well-being and have been intimately impacted by the latest acts of violence and police brutality perpetrated on the Black community, in addition to the long-term consequences of the hateful and racist acts of white supremacy that continue to permeate our country.
As I’ve been speaking with students, they’ve asked for me to provide an updated collection of resources that Student Affairs and our campus partners are pulling together to support you during this time. This support cannot erase the pain and anger you (and we) feel, but they can serve as a reminder that you are not alone in this, and we are here to help. I’ve been in constant contact with Rosalind Conerly, Associate Dean of Students and Director of the Black Community Services Center, and Jan Barker- Alexander, Assistant Vice Provost of Student Affairs for the Centers for Equity, Community, and Leadership and the Offices of First-Generation/Low Income Programs and Military-Affiliated Communities, and a Resident Fellow for Ujamaa House. Together, we seek to support the Black community. I want to extend my gratitude to them for their tireless support of students and their wise counsel.
I acknowledge and understand that many of you may want to seek help from our Black professional staff members. It has been important for us to continue to increase the diversity of the staff in Student Affairs to make this increasingly possible. That said, I also want to acknowledge the extraordinary weight that our Black administrators, staff, and faculty are carrying professionally and personally during this time. We are focused on marshalling the numerous resources at our university to support students as well as to help alleviate the tax that is faced by our Black colleagues. The resources below represent a broad array of options and support.
Going forward, I remain committed to providing students with updates on university action to end racism and police brutality, and resources and opportunities for students. Earlier today, Dean of Students Dr. Mona Hicks shared with all students guidance and a listing of their rights when participating in protests. We have also posted this message here. Previously, Dr. Mona was Dean of Students at St. Louis University, where she accompanied students and helped provide leadership for the university through the protest that followed the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. We are grateful for her leadership during this time.
As the day comes to an end, know that I continue to hold you in my thoughts. I hope you and your loved ones are safe and well.
Vice Provost for Student Affairs
On-going campus resources
Here are readings on the impact of COVID in marginalized communities.
Here are general campus support resources available to students.
Here are virtual well-being resources for our students.
Centers of Equity, Community and Leadership resources
Markaz Community Check-In & Black Liberation Teach-In
This week at Markaz: AfterZoom Chai, join us for a mini teach-in on anti-Blackness, systemic oppression, privilege, and Black liberation followed by a community check-in and reflection. We will be discussing police brutality and the prison-industrial complex, ways to unlearn and interrogate anti-Blackness, and action items for supporting ongoing Black liberation movements. This event is open to all and will center the well-being and safety of Black students. 3:30 p.m., June 2 PT. Please contact The Markaz for information.
BCSC Networking in Action Series
The NIA (Networking in Action) Series, is dedicated to creating spaces for sustained engagement, innovation, scholarship, and community-building. Our inaugural event is a collaboration with the Stanford d.school and will focus on how design plays an integral part in the work being done in the community. Our featured alumni speaker is Jason Mayden (MS ’11 General Management), CEO and co-founder of Super Heroic Inc. This event is geared toward Black graduate students and Class of 2020 undergraduates and grad students. 4 p.m. June 2 PT. Please contact the BCSC for information.
On the Road to Prison Abolition: Challenging the Bail System with Faith
The United States today makes up 5 percent of the world’s total population, but it has 21 percent of prisoners around the world. Prisons have been on the rise in the United States for decades, and Black and Muslim communities have been disproportionately impacted. Join the Markaz for a discussion of the effects of prison systems on the incarcerated, bail reform, and how Stanford students can advocate for and move towards prison abolition. We will be joined by Believers Bail Out, a Muslim organization supporting incarcerated folks and their families through education campaigns, community events, and bailing out incarcerated Muslims. 4 p.m. June 3 PT. Be sure to register at https://www.digitalmarkaz.org/event-calendar to receive the link!
BCSC Spring Wellness Series
BCSC will hold space for only Black students to be in community and process recent events. The session will be facilitated by our CAPS partners Dr. LaWanda Hill and Dr. Meag-gan O'Reilly. This event is open to ALL Black students. 5 p.m. June 4 PT. Please contact the BCSC for information.
QSR: How to Take Care of Each Other; Community Care in Times of Crisis
This workshop, based on the principles of disability and healing justice, provides a practical framework and tools to break down the stigma around asking for help and building a vibrant community of care in your own life. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or check qsr.stanford.edu for more information.
CAPS student support
Bina Patel, director of Counseling and Psychological Services, shared with us that “CAPS staff see all statements, acts, and behaviors that promote violence, systemic oppression, racism, and hatred to be direct attacks on the well-being of Stanford students. We are standing ready to support our Black student community through these devastating events.”
CAPS is offering individual consultation hours to any students needing a space to process their own reactions to recent events. To access this support from wherever they may be, students can call CAPS (650-723-3785) from 9 a.m - 4 p.m. PT, Monday-Friday.
On-call counselors are also available 24/7 at the same number for urgent mental health needs.
CAPS services for students outside California
We know many of you are outside California and need help now. CAPS is researching ongoing care options in various regions of the country. Please reach out to CAPS as above for a personalized consultation on your needs.
For students who may prefer to find local resources on their own, the CAPS referrals page has additional information on how to search for care.
Well-Being at Stanford coaching
Inge Hansen, director of Well-Being at Stanford, shared with us that “Well-Being stands in solidarity with our Black student community and we are available to support any students impacted by recent events. New coaching hours have been added to our website and are shown below.”
Brianna Griffin (hours will be bookable beginning Tuesday)
Summer support for student groups
Updated June 4: In Student Affairs, we’re offering new summer support for student groups responding to racism and injustice. The Office of Student Engagement (OSE) wants to recognize the immense efforts that many of you and your organizations have coordinated to advance educational and healing efforts in our community relating to diversity and inclusion. We have established the Solidarity Fund to advance the work of Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) now and through the summer. Here’s where to apply.
Ways to support others and get involved
Suggestions from The Markaz Resource Center and El Centro Chicano y Latino
Demand the sentencing of the four police officers involved in George Floyd’s murder.
Call the following Minneapolis officials or email them using this template:
Mayor Jacob Frey: (612) 673-2100
DA Mike Freeman: (612) 348-5550
Hennepin County Attorney Office: (612) 673-2100
Join a phone bank organized by Stanford Students for Workers' Rights
Sign this petition organized by color of change demanding the prosecution of the officers involved in the murder of George Floyd,
Minnesota Freedom Fund (bail out for protesters) https://minnesotafreedomfund.org/donate
Black Visions Collective (QT & Black led organizing committee) https://secure.everyaction.com/4omQDAR0oUiUagTu0EG-Ig2
Reclaim The Block (Police divestment org in Minneapolis) https://secure.everyaction.com/zae4prEeKESHBy0MKXTIcQ2
North Star Health Collective (on the ground medical supplies and personnel) https://www.northstarhealthcollective.org/donate
Support Local Demands:
Sign Reclaim the Block’s petition urging the Minneapolis city council to defund the police, https://secure.everyaction.com/eR7GA7oz70GL8doBq19LrA2
26 Ways to be in the Struggle Beyond the Streets: https://issuu.com/nlc.sf.2014/docs/beyondthestreets_final
Suggestions from ASSU Leadership
Educational resources for anti-racism:
Anti-racism resources for white people: Resource guide compiled by Sarah Sophie Flicker and Alyssa Klein for white people to deepen their anti-racist work.
Confronting white supremacy: Educational resource sheet put together by educators to discuss and dismantle white supremacy in the classroom.
Resource Hub for Black History and Activism: Google Drive compiled by Charles Preston, filled with books and other important work by Black activists and readings on a range of topics.
Beyond the Hashtag: How to Take Anti-Racist Action in Your Life: Article written by Zyahna Bryant about how to take steps towards non-performative activism and anti-racist actions.
Donate to the following organizations:
List of bail funds by city: Bail funds are a way to support frontline protesters who are being arrested - as well as building towards a movement to end cash bail and free hundreds of thousands of people who are in pre-trial detention during a pandemic.
NorthStar Health Collective: NorthStar is a Minnesota-based street medic collective, offering first aid and medical support to people on the frontlines right now.
Reclaim the Block: Reclaim the Block is a Minneapolis community org providing supplies and support to protesters, as well as pushing Minneapolis to spend less on policing and more on healthcare, housing and education.
The Black Visions Collective and Legal Fund: Black Visions Collective, a Black, trans and queer-led organization, is helping lead the protests and advocating to defund the police in Minnesota.
Rebuild Lake Street: Lake Street Council is donating 100% of these proceeds to the local business and nonprofits affected by the fires and helping them continue to serve their communities.