7 ways higher ed can support Black Lives Matter’s mission and promote racial justice

Sacred Heart University and Mills College have created multiple programs and instituted campuwide cultures that help foster equity, eliminate bigotry and provide a voice to the black community
By: | June 16, 2020
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The protests that continue to mobilize around the globe in response to the brutal murder of George Floyd have put a renewed and more prominent focus on the Black Lives Matter movement and the racial injustices facing African-Americans in the U.S.

As civil rights advocacy groups and other organizations provide crucial supports to bolster this crucial movement, higher education must find its place in this important moment in history and identify how to continue the momentum that Black Lives Matter started by educating students about racial injustices and combating bigotry.

Many colleges and universities have already started this process, including Sacred Heart University through the Heart Challenges Hate Colloquia Series and Mills College’s recent formation of a leadership task force.


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Here are seven ways that these institutions support the Black Lives Matter movement and promote racial justice:

1. Support protesters and advocacy groups

2. Provide racial justice curricula

3. Create ongoing events and other activities

4. Hire diverse faculty members

5. Enroll students of color

6. Foster strong leadership

7. Create statements of support

To learn more about Black Lives Matter, click here.