Campus Health & Wellbeing Solidarity Statement
Statement of Solidarity with Black Lives
Campus Health & Wellbeing affirms our commitment to recognize and address all forms of racism. As medical, mental health, and wellbeing professionals, it is our calling to support the physical and psychological wellbeing of students and the campus community. We are committed to the continued education of our community against racism, xenophobia, homophobia, and transphobia. We are dedicated to standing up, taking action, and advocating for social justice.
We stand in solidarity with our Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) students in calling for justice for the many whose lives have been lost to the violence of racism; we denounce the rise of overt anti-Asian racism and xenophobia surrounding COVID-19; and decry the recent Health and Human Services ruling, re-affirming our commitment to providing affirming services to all Cal Poly students, inclusive of all gender or sexual identities.
Campus Health & Wellbeing is critically examining our services and values as an organization. In our pursuit to serve all students, we need to meet the needs of our most marginalized, including BIPOC, undocumented, and LGBTQIA+ students. We plan to engage our students, staff, and faculty and we will work to incorporate an action plan by Fall 2020.
If you are in need of support, consider calling Counseling Services at (805) 756-2511 to speak to a Counselor.
Books to Read
How to Be an Antiracist by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism by Dr. Robin DiAngelo
So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
On the Experience of Racism
I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown
The Bridge Called My Back, Writings by Radical Women of Color edited by Cherríe Moraga and Gloria Anzaldúa
Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race by Beverly Daniel Tatum
The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein
Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
Resources for Black Individuals and Communities
Liberate Meditation App (by and for people of color)
Cal Poly Resources:
Office of University Diversity & Inclusion: Educational Resources
Employee and Organization Development: Learn and Grow Diversity Toolkit
Additional Support Resources: