President and Provost Open Forum: Gonzaga Community Reflections on the George Floyd Killing
In this June 8, 2020 webinar for Gonzaga University staff and administrators, President Thayne McCulloh and Provost and Senior Vice President Deena Gonzàles offered their reflections on the meaning and significance of the heinous killing of George Floyd in relationship to the principles and practices of our mission commitments to diversity, equity and inclusion.
The session was designed for this audience to participate in the Jesuit practices of reflection, critical evaluation and discernment of what is currently being experienced around the country and in the Spokane community.
Attendees were invited to share their insights and interpretative meanings of their experience on the demonstrations of anger and grief. In addition, colleagues offered recommendations, shared resources, and asked questions addressing next action steps. Resources extracted from the chat are shared below.
Resources shared during the webinar
- Association of Jesuit Colleges & Universities (AJCU): Jesuit Institutions Advocate for Racial Justice
- Where Peter is, there is the Church: Statement of the Black Catholic Clergy Caucus, 1968 - Updated May 30, 2020
- Gonzaga Office of Mission and Ministry: Moments for Mission: May 29, 2020
- America & MOORE: 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge
- Anna Stamborski, M. Div Candidate, Nikki Zimmermann, M. Div candidate, Bailie Gregory, M. Div, M.S. Ed.: Scaffolded Anti-Racist Resources - For white Identity development
- Movie trailer: Just Mercy
- Online courses and follow-on activities: DiversityEdu
- Books by Ibram X Kendi, especially his book: Stamped from the Beginning
- Recommended podcasts:
- Time article: "Black and Brown People Have Been Protesting for Centuries. It’s White People Who Are Responsible for What Happens Next"
- Book: Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence: Understanding and Facilitating Difficult Dialogue on Race by Derald Wing Sue
- Washington Post article: "The template for using white privilege to fight racism"