Anti-racist Statement

No one is born racist or antiracist; these result from the choices we make. Being antiracist results from a conscious decision to make frequent, consistent, equitable choices daily. These choices require ongoing self-awareness and self-reflection as we move through life. In the absence of making antiracist choices, we (un)consciously uphold aspects of white supremacy, white-dominant culture, and unequal institutions and society. Being racist or antiracist is not about who you are; it is about what you do 

National Museum of African American History & Culture 

We commit to affirm explicitly and in united solidarity our identity as an anti-racist academic institution.

We commit to personal and institutional exploration and examination of implicit bias and systemic advantage/oppression such that our anti-racism commitment be reflected in the life and culture of university through our policies, programs, and practices as we continue to learn about racism and ethnic oppression.

We commit to the development and implementation of strategies and best-practices that dismantle systemic racism and ethnic oppression within all aspects of our university, community and society. 

Florida International University affirms its commitment to recognizing, addressing and eradicating all forms of racism and ethnic oppression. Our focus is to engage, collaborate, teach, serve, and create scholarship that challenges longstanding oppressive and racially prejudiced forces. We are committed to reducing racial injustices within the academy and beyond. FIU is united in its pursuit to end racial and ethnic bias and to empower our students, faculty, and staff towards this collective goal. 

Recognizing that bias can be unconscious or unintentional and that racism is the combination of social privilege, coupled with institutional power and racial prejudice, we are committed to optimizing opportunities to educate and inform while we expose and challenge behaviors that do not align with equitable practices of inclusion and belonging.  

Engaging in meaningful conversations on systemic racism, oppression, and the origins of privileged mindsets, requires courage, respect and empathy.  Such conversations may not always be comfortable. We are committed to having the uncomfortable conversations to identify, discuss and challenge issues of race, color, ethnicity and the impact(s) they have on students, faculty, and staff members.

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