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Higher Education

Question #1. How does this institution/system (e.g., Mental Health System) contribute to/perpetuate racism and racist violence and other daily atrocities visited upon people of color?

Table Facilitator, Group 1

  • Curriculum erases black folks from history.

  • Access, who gets to attend these higher education institutions?

  • A symbolic wall exists around some of these institution.

  • Where are universities investing? Money, resources, offering multicultural affairs . . . less funding.

  • The way universities disregards students of color.

  • How do we give people tools to confront issues around injustices?

  • Organizing at Seattle University, where the university is trying to find its identity as a Jesuit academy that must bolster diversity. The school is trying to merge the Multicultural Affairs Office, MAO and International Student Office. There is tension between students at the multicultural affairs office and the campus.

  • Awareness is key.

Table Facilitator, Harriett Walden, Group 2

  • Social justice in schools is to teach about racism. History is not true, students are shielded from group violence.

  • Heightened awake, liberal racism, systematically left us at the door, integration has been a barrier.

  • When do you realize you are black?

  • Teachers are aware of what’s going on in class.

  • Parent who can help you figure it out.

  • Like-minded teachers.

  • Disconnects and cultural differences between church and education.

Table Facilitator, Group 3

  • Factors include, race, economic class.

  • Japan vs. US, emphasis on print culture rather than oral and emphasis on linear learning rather relational. The result is a social stratum that emerges from this system, it is domineering rather than sharing.

  • Focus on affirmative action, sometimes undesirable results.

  • Cultural groups set against each other, competing for limited places, too little space for full representation.

  • Ownership, for example, privately funded institutions vs. publicly funded ones, also, economic pressures and unequal funding and access is limited.

  • Lack of attention and focus on each culture in each institution. All minority students should be included in all subject matters.

  • Private institutions are driven by money, individualism.

  • Broader social training needs to be included and emphasized in higher education. Historically, higher education is for the wealthy.

Question #2. What should have been done before the massacre in Charleston – what are the signs that we missed/are missing as a community in this area (e.g., Mental Health System)? Why does it take a massacre for so many white allies to recognize everyday racism and stand up to speak against it?

Table Facilitator, Group 1

  • Gun culture impacts the high numbers of violent racist crimes.

  • Segregation among neighborhoods.

  • It is emotionally taxing for the African Community to organize around race and racism.

  • Who is monitoring people as it relates to organizations that encourage hate?

  • United States is the most violent wielding country in the world.

  • It is not a society that encourages social services and helping others.

  • Informational Technology tools needs.

  • Conversations about, ignorance, economics and in-action continue to diminish

  • Racist neutral society is untrue.

Table Facilitator, Harriett Walden, Group 2

  • We are not educated abou