King's – Brescia Anti-Racism Working Group
June 23, 2020
A message from Dr. David Malloy, King's Principal:
Yesterday, Western released the report of its Anti-Racism Working Group, which was established last fall to examine systemic racism on campus. I fully support the steps that President Alan Shepard and Western are taking to erradicate all forms of racism and discrimination on campus. Now it is long past time that the affiliates take such steps in tandem with Western.
As a Catholic University, we must commit to change which will stop oppression. As a community, we are committed to taking steps towards stopping racism on our campus. To this end, we will work together with our colleagues at Brescia University College on a joint Anti-Racism working group. This new group will advise the Principal of Brescia, Dr. Susan Mumm, and myself on how we can stop and prevent racism on campus and as a community.
It is exciting and important that King’s and Brescia are working together on a common set of social justice values. This is putting our Catholic values and social teaching, such as the inherent dignity of the human person, into action.
Work is being done on a framework for the Terms of Reference of this group, which will be shared in early July. We will elicit feedback on these terms from our students and the community for consideration. We will use the summer to listen to feedback from the members of our community (students, faculty, staff, alumni, etc.) before we convene the group in the fall.
After consultation is complete, recruitment of membership to the working group will be conducted via expressions of interest from the King’s and Brescia communities.In addition, King’s is developing a new role to advise me and the campus on Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity.
In the meantime, I am continuing to dialogue with members of community on this issue including the KUCSC. If you wish to share your ideas, please do not hesitate to email me.
As always, take care of yourself, each other and we will work on eliminating racism at this place.