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Tatiana Diaz
Director of Diversity & Inclusion
Allen House, 2nd floor, Office #1
610-606-4666 ext.3596

Anti-Racism Initiatives and Updates

Cedar Crest’s work toward racial equity on our campus is ongoing. This page will be updated frequently as we take action as a community.

Anti-Racist Action Plan—August 27, 2020

The following plan for academic year 2020-21 was created through an inclusive process that began with serious concerns raised by alumnae of the College about racial equity on campus.  The College’s Diversity & Inclusion Council produced a report on our progress on the goals of the action plan created by the 2015-2016 Task Force on Diversity & Inclusion. This report showed significant progress in some areas, but little progress in others.  Successes of that action plan included the hiring of a full time Director of Diversity & Inclusion, the dramatic increase in programming for students of color, the creation of the Center for Diversity and Global Engagement, and an increase in the retention rate of our students of color.

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Community Message on Racial Injustice – June 4, 2020

Cedar Crest believes that Black lives matter, but also that it is not enough to say that we see our Black community, that we hear our Black community, and that we stand with our Black community. We must see in ourselves the ways we hold up systemic racism, knowingly and unknowingly, and work vigorously to dismantle them. We must listen to the Black community, but understand that it is OUR job, not theirs, to educate ourselves about the roots of racism and how to support anti-racist activism. We must stand up and march forward with a plan of action to become an institution that embodies at every level what we say we stand for.”

Elizabeth M. Meade, PhD
President, Cedar Crest College 
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Faculty Institutionalized Racism Action Plan Summary

Cedar Crest Faculty Institutionalized Racism Action Plan Summary – June 30, 2020

In the context of the current national conversation about racism, social justice, and equity, and as we think about institutionalized racism at Cedar Crest College, we respond to The Forgotten, a group of Black alumnae and former faculty and staff. The Cedar Crest Faculty affirms the importance of working together as a community to listen to and support our students and colleagues of color; to recognize where we have failed to do so; and to commit to changing the infrastructure, curriculum, and culture of our institution in order to fulfill the College’s mission of equality. 

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We acknowledge that we have a responsibility to do all in our power to create a diverse, inclusive, and equitable learning environment that values all students, staff, and faculty, their histories, and their contributions. Since the Cedar Crest Faculty is responsible for the College’s curriculum, our actions will be directed towards educating our students and ourselves about racism, and about how to foster equity, inclusion, and antiracism in our classrooms and our community.

In the coming academic year, the Faculty pledge to do the following to address the curriculum:

  1. Create and distribute a guide that faculty can use to evaluate their course content and teaching practices in order to integrate more diverse, equitable, and antiracist perspectives, and to foster greater intercultural competence in class content.
  2. Document where the curriculum is currently addressing diversity, equity, and antiracism in courses and programs. This information will identify existing strengths in the curriculum while highlighting areas where more intentional work needs to be done.
  3. Review the syllabus guidelines given to faculty members to ensure that our statement on diversity and inclusion acknowledges the value of diverse perspectives in the classroom.

In the coming academic year, the Faculty pledge to do the following to address their own professional development:

  1. Enforce required attendance at current and future diversity training modules for all faculty and returning adjuncts.
  2. Formalize how faculty have addressed issues of diversity, equity, and antiracism in faculty annual self-evaluations.
  3. Advocate for time set aside for all faculty to learn and discuss social justice issues, including racism, microaggressions, and accommodations.
  4. Use the monthly faculty speaker series to spotlight those faculty whose research addresses racism, diverse pedagogies, or social advocacy, or who use such research to inform their teaching.
  5. Discuss how best to include faculty teaching, scholarship and service that involves diversity and equity into the formal expectations and responsibilities of faculty provided in the Faculty Handbook (the central document that offers guidelines for faculty performance).

Over the next two years, the Faculty and Faculty committees will engage in the following activities:

  1. Revise the College’s Liberal Arts Curriculum to engage more systematically with diversity, equity, and antiracism.
  2. Recommend that a faculty member be appointed to partner with the Director of Diversity and Inclusion, to facilitate coordination of faculty activities and curriculum surrounding diversity, social justice, and advocacy.
  3. Seek funding for faculty development to assist faculty in the creation of courses that are more inclusive and culturally aware.
  4. Advocate that the President’s Cabinet be expanded to include a staff or faculty member who is trained in anti-racism and diversity.
  5. Continue to support efforts to recruit, hire, and retain diverse faculty and staff.

As faculty, we recognize that our strategies will not create immediate change. However, we are committed to holding ourselves, each other, and the College accountable to making positive, tangible progress, in order to address issues of diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism in the curriculum and in our classrooms.

To view the full statement and plan, click here.

Anti-Racist Resources

The below is a compilation of selected resources, this list is by no means all-inclusive and we will update it periodically.

Racial Justice Organizations
Campus Resources
Voting information
Reading List

Racial Justice Organizations

Black Lives Matter: to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes. By combating and countering acts of violence, creating space for Black imagination and innovation, and centering Black joy, we are winning immediate improvements in our lives.

Advancement Project: Rooted in the great human rights struggles for equality and justice, we exist to fulfill America’s promise of a caring, inclusive and just democracy.

American Civil Liberties Union: Our mission is to realize this promise of the United States Constitution for all and expand the reach of its guarantees.

Campaign Zero: Works to promote action by policymakers at every level of government to end police violence.

Color of ChangeThe Marshall Project: Nonprofit journalism about criminal justice

NAACP Legal Defense Fund: is America’s premier legal organization fighting for racial justice. Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, LDF seeks structural changes to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and achieve racial justice in a society that fulfills the promise of equality for all Americans.

National Bail Out: The National Bail Out collective is a Black-led and Black-centered collective of abolitionist organizers, lawyers and activists building a community-based movement to support our folks and end systems of pretrial detention and ultimately mass incarceration.

Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ): SURJ’s role as part of a multi-racial movement is to undermine white support for white supremacy and to help build a racially-just society.

Southern Poverty Law Center: We monitor hate groups and other extremists throughout the United States and expose their activities to the public, the media and law enforcement.

UnidosUS :  We serve the Hispanic community through our research, policy analysis, and state and national advocacy efforts, as well as in our program work in communities nationwide

Index of Bail Funds and Legal Help by City: Community-created google document with list by city

Black Visions Collective:  believes in a future where all Black people have autonomy, safety is community-led, and we are in the right relationship within our ecosystems.

The Minnesota Healing Justice Network: We provide a supportive professional community and mutual aid network for wellness and healing justice practitioners who also identify as IBPOC (indigenous, black, or people of color).

Campus Resources

Student Handbook

Bias Incident Report Form

Bias Response Policy

Diversity & Inclusion Council

Voting Information

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Reading List

How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Ibram X. Kendi (for younger readers)

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson

The Blacker the Berry by Wallace Thurman

The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X and Alex Haley

American Lynching by Ashraf H.A. Rushdy

Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman Jr.

Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do by Jennifer L. Eberhardt

Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment Is Killing America’s Heartland by Jonathan M. Metzl

White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism by Robin DiAngelo

Black Marxism: The Making of the Black Radical Tradition by Cedric J. Robinson

Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-Create Race in the Twenty-First Century by Dorothy Roberts

Waiting ‘til the Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of Black Power in America by Peniel E. Joseph

The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race, edited by Jesmyn Ward

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective edited by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

Well-Read Black Girl: finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves edited by Glory Edim

White Flight: Atlanta and the Making of Modern Conservatism by Kevin Kruse

Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More by Janet Mock

This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color, edited by Cherríe Moraga and Gloria Anzaldúa

Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches by Audre Lorde

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson

West Indian Immigrants: A Black Success Story? by Suzanne Model

Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla F. Saad

The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America by Khalil Gibran Muhammad

Racism Without Racists by Eduardo Bonilla-Silva

 Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

The Possessive Investment in Whiteness: How White People Profit From Identity Politics by George Lipsitz

The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain by Langston Hughes

Citizen: An American  Lyric by Claudia Rankine

Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment by Patricia Hill Collins

When Affirmative Action Was White: An Untold History of Racial Inequality in Twentieth-Century America by Ira Katznelson

Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class by Ian Haney López

Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches by Audre Lorde

Habits of Whiteness: A Pragmatist Reconstruction by Terrance MacMullan

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America by Jennifer Harvey

Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Brittney Cooper

Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America by Melissa V. Harris-Perry


All My Relations

New York Times' 1619

EJI's Lynching in America

Intersectionality Matters with Kimberlé Crenshaw

The #GroundingsPodcast

NPR's Code Switch

The Appeal’s Justice in America

Beyond Prisons

Ear Hustle

Angela Glover Blackwell’s Radical Imagination


Diversity and Inclusion Reports 

Diversity and Inclusion Report – July 2020 

2016-2019 Bias Response Team Report

Diversity and Inclusion Task Force Report, 2015-2016

Diversity Council 

Transgender Task Force Report - April 2016

Board of Trustees Committee

Sylvia Betz Gardner, Chair of the Board of Trustees, will announce the formation of a committee to address the impact of institutionalized racism at Cedar Crest, which will coordinate efforts across all of the various stakeholders in our community: current students, alumnae, faculty, staff and trustees. It will be chaired by two alumnae, Rena Wallace Pacheco ’12 and Tracy Broomall ’93. Other members of the committee will include the Director of Diversity & Inclusion, Tatiana Diaz, and the President of Faculty Council, LuAnn McCracken Fletcher, as well as three trustees, three alumnae and several current students.

7.10.20 – The Board Committee will host a virtual open forum for alumnae on July 16. This is the first of several events that will occur over the next few months. Visit @cedarcrestalumnae on Facebook for details.

8.27.20 -Response to Alumnae Concerns

Community Conversations 

Race and Racism Talking Circle
Tuesday, July 21 at 4 p.m. via GoTo Meeting
Check your Cedar Crest email for details.

Alumnae Open Forum
Thursday, July 16 at noon via Zoom
Visit @cedarcrestalumnae on Facebook for details.

Processing Racism During COVID-19
Wednesday, July 15 at 3 p.m. via GoTo Meeting
Check your Cedar Crest email for details. 

Talking Circle: Maintaining the Momentum #BLM – June 30, 2020 

Juneteenth: Information and Resources – June 19, 2020 

Talking Circle: Black Lives Matter – June 16, 2020 

Institutionalized Racism in Higher Education — Zoom Meeting hosted by The Forgotten – June 10, 2020 

Letter to Alumnae from Rena Pacheco '12 – June 5, 2020

Facebook Post from The Forgotten

Faculty and Staff of Color – Colleague Resource Group  

This network was launched in June 2020 and aims to foster connections and develop community for Faculty and Staff of Color at Cedar Crest College. If you self-identify as a person of color and are interested in participating in this group contact Tatiana Diaz, director of diversity and inclusion. 

This group will: