In Fall 2019, the Faculty Policy Council discussed the increasingly critical need for allyship and support for minoritized faculty of color – as well as for the staff and students – in the College of Education in the current political climate. FPC members agreed that the COE’s representative, deliberative body should contribute leadership, partnership, and solidarity on this issue. Accordingly, FPC approved forming an ad hoc committee specifically for the purpose of continuing the dialogue and brainstorming ideas. FPC members wanted to participate in and facilitate, but not monopolize, discussions at the college, school, and program levels that need to be ongoing and not just limited to FPC meetings. The goal of the ad hoc group was to generate specific ideas and identify individuals, groups, events, and materials as possible resources.
FPC and committee members believe that it is important to commit to allyship, to listen, to engage with difficult questions, and to learn. FPC is not claiming expertise, or attempting to be the authoritative voice of allyship for minoritized COE faculty, staff, and students of color. FPC members simply believe that the Council can play a constructive role in both discussion and action, and wish to share this document with humility and commitment.
FPC also acknowledges that, while this ad hoc committee focused mostly on issues related to race and ethnicity, it is important for faculty to support faculty, staff, and students of all minoritized groups. Accordingly, some of the resources in this report address this need.
Further, FPC is not suggesting that this is an exhaustive list of recommendations and resources. Ad hoc committee members acknowledged at the outset that 1) it was important to start somewhere, 2) it would be necessary as an ad hoc committee to come to a stopping point by the end of the year, and 3) they wish to remain involved in ongoing activities related to the mission of the committee.