University anti-racist statement

Endorsed by U of R faculty, administration, and trustees
November 2020

The faculty, administration, and board of trustees of the University of Redlands recognize that racism is pervasive in our society and that no segment of our nation is exempt, including the University. We acknowledge that students, alumni, and employees of the University, especially those who are Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color, have experienced and have been hurt by marginalization, silencing, tokenism, erasure, and other damaging practices. We recognize that we have not adequately confronted inequities stemming from race and its intersection with other social identities. We unconditionally reject racism in all forms and embrace the institutional change necessary to dismantle systems that perpetuate injustice and inequity.

Knowing that words are powerful when coupled with action, we will be open, transparent, and accountable in the institution’s anti-racist initiatives. We will listen and learn from each other and work to hear and amplify the voices of those who have been marginalized, and we will use every opportunity to create lasting change in alignment with these objectives.

We commit to bringing together all constituents to create and implement an anti-racism action plan with specific goals and objectives. Our progress will be measured on set dates and all will be able to inspect, review, and question the outcomes. This process of centering the voices of those who are Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color is ongoing and we intend it to be a new and permanent part of our life together.