IACAC is a professional association, not a political one. But human rights are not a political issue. Since its inception, our country has battled through many trials and horrors, but the history of violence and systemic racism against Black Americans is coming to a head and we must speak up unequivocally: Black Lives Matter. They matter to us personally and professionally.
IACAC leadership stands with our Black peers and will continue to champion the work of supporting equity and inclusion. We honor the rights of all Black Americans to live their full lives in freedom and in safety from violence and oppression in our communities, our schools, and on our campuses.
Finally, when we hear black voices, we must listen and act and be better allies. Those voices beg us to learn and grow. Because this is an essential component of IACAC, we are encouraging all members to follow this lead. Below are resources that have been recommended as helpful in understanding the complex issues facing our country during this especially difficult time. We are open to sharing additional resources and welcome your recommendations.
- 1619 (Full set of articles by NY Times)
- How To Be An Antiracist (Kendi)
- White Fragility (DeAngelo)
- Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together In The Cafeteria (Tatum)
- Me And White Supremacy (Saad)
- Courageous Conversations About Race (Singleton)
- Between The World And Me (Coates)
- Blind Spot (Banaji and Greenwald)
- Ghosts In The School Yard (Ewing)
- Pod Save the People
- When They See Us (Netflix)
- 13th (Netflix)
- Southern Poverty Law Center
- Color of Change
- Color of Change
- The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
- Equal Justice Initiative
The leadership of IACAC stands with you. Our cell phones are below, please reach out if we can support you in any way, within or beyond the mission of our association. We will do whatever we can to see you, hear you, affirm you, and support you.
In solidarity and with humility,
Megan O’Rourke, President
Tony Minestra, President-Elect
Amy Thompson, Past President