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Statement denouncing anti-black racism in Canada

The Faculty of Humanities joins our colleagues at McMaster University in denouncing anti-black racism in Canada, the U.S. and around the world. We stand in solidarity with the black community and recognize their collective pain and distress during this time.

We want to unequivocally express that we believe that #blacklivesmatter and to call for justice for George Floyd and the many others who have lost their lives to racist acts of violence in the United States, Canada and around the world.

We recognize that as a Faculty and a University we have much more work to do. We will listen to and be guided by those with lived experiences of racism and hold ourselves accountable to creating a more inclusive, equitable and diverse learning and working environment.

We support the statements released by McMaster University and the President’s Advisory Committee on Building and Inclusive Community (PACBIC), on which several Humanities faculty members serve. We are committed to the work being done by McMaster’s Equity and Inclusion Office to increase equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility.

As teachers, researchers, and artists we strive not only to understand and illuminate the human condition, but also to better it, to advance justice, and to promote well-being and the well-being of society. We must accelerate our mission by speaking out against anti-black and POC racism and violence – locally, nationally and globally – and finding ways to counteract structural racism within our society.

I encourage our faculty, students, staff and alumni to reach out to me any time. I am here to listen, learn and actively find ways to build a more equitable community here at McMaster and beyond.

Sincerely,

Pamela Swett
Dean of Humanities