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Racial Justice Resources

As shared during the Virtual Vigil for Racial Justice held of June 2, 2020, this space has been developed as a way to provide additional resources and information for the community.

Ethics and Systemic Racism Resources through the Markkula Center

Father Kevin O'Brien, S.J., shared this message on Racial Injustice on June 1, 2020.

Virtual Vigil for Racial Justice: Revised Program

Video Recording is now available. (This video has not been close-captioned yet, updated video link soon)

Piece by Isaac Addai: Visualize The Gift of A Lie`

Piece by Ranee Sanford: Last Night I Cried

Daily Activities to Support Black Lives Matter:  PDF CalendarGoogle Calendar

PDF Calendar developed by Rachael Han, CESE'20; adapted to Google Calendar by Lola Martin Uribe, CESE'22

SCCAP (Santa Clara Community Action Program) has compiled a list of resources

Prayer for Peace and Justice for Black Lives, 6/9/2020: Recording

SCU Juneteenth Announcement: Related Resources

SCU Community Conversation (July 7, 2020) focused on Racial Justice Resources: Recording and List of Resources


**This space will be updated throughout. If you have additional items that you would like to have included, please send those to **

The following is a collection of educational resources that have been compiled and we are sharing accordingly.


8/3/2020 -  Join Academics for Black Survival and Wellness: The Rewind and Remix


8/1/2020 21-DAY Ignatian Racial Equity Challenge


7/23/2020 - The Center for the Arts and Humanities created a blog that faculty and staff are contributing to titled "Responding to the Twin Pandemics of COVID-19 and Racial Injustice: Arts and Humanities in a Time of Crisis."  


6/19/2020 - Additional Resources


6/17/2020 Juneteenth Resources

If you would like more information about this important day in American history, please consider reviewing the links below:




6/10/2020 -

“The Inner Work of Racial Justice” by Rhonda V. Magee,


6/9/2020 - From the Markkula Center

Markkula Center resources on the theme of Racism, Police Brutality, and the Killing of George Floyd: 
The resources include a one-hour recorded video of a discussion today/June 8 with former San Jose Police Auditor Judge LaDoris Cordell and Tony Williams, SCU '15 and a community activist in Minneapolis. 
Also posted are essays by Margalynne Armstrong of SCU Law; Anthony Hazard of Ethnic Studies; Peter Minowitz of Political Science; Zipporah Ridley, SCU '17; and Brian Green, Ann Skeet, and Jonathan Kwan, all of the Ethics Center. 


6/9/2020 - From Margaret Russell

Institutionalized Racism: A Syllabus - How can we help students understand George Floyd’s death in the context of institutionalized racism? 


6/8/2020 - From Summer Shetenhelm, Digital Collections and Scholarship Librarian

The SCU library has created a research guide for SCU community members interested in what resources they can access through the library to increase their knowledge regarding racial justice. This includes catalog records for ebooks and physical books we have in our collection as well as links to videos available through the streaming service Kanopy.  The URL for the guid is as follows:

6/6/2020 -From Lynn Hillberg:


6/6/2020 - From Katia Moles:

Boyung Lee’s book chapter, “Teaching Disruptively: Pedagogical Strategies to Teach Cultural Diversity and Race,” offers suggestions for curriculum design and social justice pedagogy (the edited book has additional ideas).

Beverly Tatum’s article, "Talking about Race, Learning about Racism: The Application of Racial Identity Development Theory in the Classroom"  suggests why uncomfortable emotions and resistances arise during race-talk, and strategies to address them.

Especially chapter 13 of Derald Wing Sue’s book, Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence: Understanding and Facilitating Difficult Dialogues on Race provides examples of ineffective and effective strategies for how to talk about race and other controversial issues in the classroom.


6/5/2020 - Forwarded by Father Sonny Manuel, S.J.:

I attach a lengthy essay by African American theologian and Catholic priest, Brian Massingale of Fordham University:  Thoughts and Reflections


6/4/2020 - From Christelle Sabatier:

I strongly recommend this free resource for all of us who are seeking ways to continue this work. An online, self-paced course in Inclusive Teaching: Supporting All Students in the College Classroom.

The 5 course modules are listed below:
  • Overview of Inclusive Teaching
  • Module 1: Establishing and Supporting an Inclusive Course Climate
  • Module 2: Setting Explicit Expectations
  • Module 3: Promoting Diversity and Inclusion Through Course Content
  • Module 4: Designing All Course Elements for Accessibility
  • Module 5: Cultivating Critical Self-Reflection
This course is one place to start especially as we all ponder what our Fall courses are going to look like. This course can be completed entirely on your own but I might suggest that you reach out to a few colleagues and engage a small group of faculty in taking the course together so that you can reflect on your experience in community. There will be many opportunities to work on our courses this summer, I would suggest that inclusion be centered as we reimagine these classes in a new space. We didn't have time to prepare for the Spring but we do the Fall, let's support each other to do this vital work.


6/4/2020 - From Elizabeth Drescher:

Statements of solidarity and support are so important, and this one expresses so much of the moral character that we hope defines the University. Concrete action in our classrooms to educate students on white supremacy is also critical. Some graduate students at Princeton Theological Seminary have been circulating this scaffold of resources that, while incomplete, of course, is helpful as we plan for fall. I have been challenging myself with one of the questions it poses about statements and other gestures of solidarity: Does your solidarity last longer than a news cycle? I know most of us believe our answer would be a resounding, "yes." But I also hope we will help each other in practical ways to make sure that remains true in the weeks, months, and years ahead.


6/4/2020 - From Amy Lueck:

To everyone who identifies as white, I would like to let you know that we have a local chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice that typically meets at Sacred Heart Community Services (but currently meets online) that organizes white people and takes direction from local POC-led Accountability Partners to do the work of addressing systemic racism in our community. We have had more than 200 new members in the last week, but we would benefit greatly from the wisdom, generosity, and commitment of members of the SCU community. I encourage you all to learn more here and consider joining this effort, and I welcome anyone to contact me directly for more information. 


6/4/2020 - From Katy Korsmeyer:  Justice in June. 

Take one step that will grow. (paraphrasing from an email) For those who may feel overwhelmed, this really impressive calendar broken down by however much time you can dedicate to educating yourself on the current movement. 
Originators of the document:


6/4/2020 - From Peter Cushman, SCU Track & Field/Cross Country:

For anyone who is interested in both standing in support in solidarity, but also looking for more avenues for growth and learning, here is a link with some great anti-racism resources. It includes books, podcasts, articles, videos, and more:  


6/3/2020 - The list below was curated by Marilyn Edelstein, SCU Faculty (English):

Selected Articles, Poems, and Videos about the Murder of George Floyd and National Protests Arising as a Result (May-June 2020) 







The following is a list of actions that individuals and organizations can take to help create change. This list has been compiled from different sources.


6/16/2020 - From the Santa Clara University Environmental Justice and the Common Good Initiative:

As members of the Santa Clara University Environmental Justice and the Common Good Initiative, we study how structural and institutionalized racism and violence have greatly harmed Black and brown communities, including through environmental injustices such as the uneven distribution of pollution and the lack of access to clean air, water, and food. We have learned much and have much yet to learn from the groundbreaking work of Black scholars of environmental and climate justice. As we continue to expand and deepen our understanding of environmental justice and its relationship to racial justice, we seek to work with and support others, especially African American and other communities of color, scholars, and other colleagues on these issues. 

We call on ourselves and commit to support others to take the following steps to stand up for racial and environmental justice now.

1) Learn about research and policies for stopping police violence and other forms of racism against communities of color. Study the history of resistance to the long-term, systemic harm of environmental racism and injustice. Learn about the global violence of climate change, and brown and Black activists’ and scholars’ work in the climate justice movement in the United States and around the world. Learn why racial justice is linked to environmental justice in policy statements such as the Platform for Black Lives and the Just Transitions Principles. Educate ourselves about state and local environmental justice policy advocacy.

2) Support racial justice by donating to organizations led by people of color that engage in organizing and policy advocacy against structural racial violence, such as the Movement4Black Lives, local Black Lives Matter chapters, Say Her Name, Critical Resistance, 8 To Abolition, and the Black Youth Project 100.  Support people of color-led environmental justice organizations, such as the Climate Justice Alliance and the California Environmental Justice Alliance. Find and support local racial and environmental justice organizations in our area.  If we donate to mainstream environmental organizations or causes, earmark our financial support for environmental justice issues.

3) Actively engage with practicing antiracism against individual, interpersonal, institutional, and structural racism, including in academia. Engage in racial and environmental justice organizing in ways that foreground and respect leadership by people of color: join and follow the lead of organizations like those listed above, sign their petitions, and circulate their calls for justice to our networks.  White allies can join organizations such as Showing Up for Racial Justice, which has many local chapters that hold themselves accountable to black and brown leaders, while turning out support to end white silence on racial injustice.   Support a free and fair electoral process, and vote and campaign for elected officials who promise to enact transformative policies for racial and environmental justice.  Reshape our work to address environmental justice issues or prioritize them in our research agendas.  

To carry out these plans, we commit to:

1) Engage colleagues, friends, and others from the faculty, student body, administration, and communities in meetings and events to discuss and learn about environmental and racial justice issues from each other, so that we can gain a deeper understanding of the linkages and become more effective in addressing them. 

2) Support and collaborate with communities of color, especially African American communities in Northern California, on the environmental justice challenges they face.

3) Recruit and welcome more faculty members and staff of color to participate fully in our work, and take responsibility for attracting the resources and creating an environment to support their participation. 


6/12/2020 - Santa Clara Human Rights Commission

Invitation from Justin Boren:  

I chair the County of Santa Clara's Human Rights Commission. The county has granted our commission with approval to host a special meeting and public forum on racial justice and police use of force in the County of Santa Clara for Tuesday June 16 at 6:30pm (via Zoom). We have a good lineup of panelists and I expect that there will be an excellent turnout from members of the public. Since I know that many faculty and staff live here in the County of Santa Clara, I thought that you might be interested in attending the meeting. This will be the start of many continued conversations with the goal of developing legislation and policies in the county to expose and end systemic racism. Please feel free to disseminate this invitation widely (and, if anyone has subject-matter expertise and would like to serve as a panelist, please let me know ASAP). 
Information can be found here:


6/11/2020 -

Participate in a SC Police Town Hall held at 7pm


6/10/2020 -

  • How do we support black led initiatives rather than trying to lead an initiative ourselves.  This campaign, led by black clergy but part of the Jesuit founded Faith in Action network, might be a good effort to support.



  • Student members of SCU College Catholics have raised $300 in support of EJI. Faculty and staff are also contributing to amplify their donation. You are welcome to join us. On behalf of SCU College Catholics President Eugene Choi, '21: "You can donate directly to EJI if you wish or if you send it over to our Venmo (@faithfellowshipdiscipleship) and I can share the final receipt from EJI with the total amount we raised together."


6/8/2020 -  From Sherry Wang

Academics for Black Survival and Wellness is an initiative started by a Black doctoral student (Pearis Bellamy) and her advisor (Dr. Della V. Mosley) to create a week of personal and professional development for non-Black academics in hopes of providing Black people with the proactive allies they deserve. It is a weeklong personal and professional development initiative for academics & educators to "honor the toll of racial trauma on Black people, resist anti-Blackness and white supremacy, and facilitate accountability and collective action.”  It  begins on Juneteenth, June 19 and runs through June 25, 2020 and you will have to register to join.


6/5/2020 - Charity Navigator

Find an organization that addresses pressing concerns of people of color (Charity Navigator has a list of civil rights organizations here:  Make a donation and perhaps even pledge an automatic monthly donation so that our financial support is ongoing even if other demands draw our immediate attention away from the ongoing fight against systemic racism. - shared by Lynn Hillberg


6/4/2020 - Additional Action Items 


6/4/2020 - Campaign Zero


6/4/2020 - Supporting Black Owned Bookstores

I encourage all of my white colleagues to join me in finding and supporting a local black owned bookstore to start or continue the process of unlearning the harmful narratives we have all internalised.  - Megan Watt

6/4/2020 - Protesting Safely


Image of suggestions for Protesting Safely


6/1/2020 - Suggestions from the SCU tUrn Project:

  1. Watch this morning's powerful call to action by black leaders from around the country in a Zoom call organized by the Movement for Black Lives, and then sign the M4BL petition.
  2.  Support Black Visions Collective- a group in Minneapolis shaping local demands and building a long-haul political home for Black people in Minnesota; organizing on Black and collective liberation.
  3. Support The Minnesota Freedom Fund – The fund is currently working with the National Lawyers Guild and Legal Rights Center to help reduce the burden of bail for protesters who’ve been arrested.
  4. Support Reclaim the Block—organizes Minneapolis community and city council members to move money from the police department into other areas of the city’s budget that truly promote community health and safety.  They have this petition circulating here:
  5. Support Twin Cities Coalition for Justice for Jamar --TCC4J meets weekly to plan community meetings, marches and rallies, press conferences, and actions which unite our community and pressure city, county and state officials to hold police accountable and end police violence in our communities.
  6. Sign this Color of Change petition.
  7. Educate yourself about the history of police violence against communities of color.
  8. Educate yourself about the history of the involvement of communities of color in the environmental movement, and ways predominately white organizations can be allies to communities of color.  Start with this article on the history of the contributions of the black community to the environmental justice movement:
  9. For white folks, get involved with Showing Up for Racial Justice, an anti-racist national organization with local chapters with actions and work white people can do. 
  10. Follow movements led by people of color, like Movement4Black Lives.



Suggestions provided by the SCU Latinx Student Union:

Black Visions Collective

Northstar Health Collective

Reclaim the Block 


Supporting the George Floyd Family:

Here is the Official Go Fund Me Campaign from George Floyd's Family: 


Split a donation between 70+ community bail funds, mutual aid funds, and racial justice organizers


6/3/2020 -


This is a site where you can look up your city, see what the status of policy is, and download social media posts that directs you to local advocacy.


Community members have shared songs and written pieces that have spoken to them during this time.

We share those with you in the space:


7/23/2020 - The Center for the Arts and Humanities created a blog that faculty and staff are contributing to titled "Responding to the Twin Pandemics of COVID-19 and Racial Injustice: Arts and Humanities in a Time of Crisis."  


6/9/2020 - The Aeolians Virtual Choir - "We Shall Overcome"


6/8/2020 - Shared by Julia A. Scott

Do not let the hearts of the child
And the aged be strangers
To tenderness and hope.

Let the struggle of our time be short.
Let it be settled with justice.

Let the fortress of egos,
That huge barricade,
Crumble. And let every treasure
Go to every man. Let every garden
Gate be open. But let no flower be crushed.
No single branch fall.

~Vahan Tekeyan


6/7/2020 - Shared by Kristin Kusanovich:

  • Cynthia Erivo performs “Masterpiece (Mona Lisa)” by Jazmine Sullivan & "I'm Here" from "The Color Purple" | 2017 MAKERS Conference (as always with YouTube, apologies for commercials)


6/2/2020 -






The following includes Statement of Support, Editorials and related articles from different groups at Santa Clara University:


6/24/2020 - Statement/Message from the SCU Alumni Association

6/11/2020 - Religious Studies Statement

6/8/2020 - BLSA Statement (Black Law Student Association)

6/8/2020 - Statement from the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education

6/8/2020 - Markkula Center Statement

6/6/2020 - Statement from the SCU Board of Trustees

6/6/2020 - Statement from the Engineering Council for Diversity and Inclusion

6/5/2020 - Statement from Fr. Scott Santarosa,S.J., SCU’88, Jesuit Provincial

6/5/2020 - Miller Center Statement

6/5/2020 - Editorial by Michael Santoro, Faculty (Business)

6/4/2020 - AFLOC Statement

6/4/2020 - SCU Library Statement

6/4/2020 -  Reflections from Tom Plante, Faculty (Psychology)

6/4/2020  - Center for Arts and Humanities Statement

6/4/2020 -  Letter from A Faculty Member

6/1/2020 - AJCU Responses to Racial Justice

6/1/2020 - SCU Latinx Student Union Statement

5/30/2020 - Igwebuike Statement

5/29/2020 - MCC Statement