Law Faculty Pledge To Support Antiracism Efforts
The faculty at George Washington University School of Law is adopting an antiracism resolution.
The new antiracism resolution passed by unanimous vote on Juneteenth. According to the GW Hatchet, the resolution includes plans to increase the number of non-White faculty and staff, improve efforts to recruit students of color and implement workshops on race-sensitive teaching.
“This is a defining moment for GW Law,” Interim Dean Christopher A. Bracey says in a press release. “We cannot turn a blind eye to what is happening within our country, its impact upon our community members, or its connection to the multi-generational arc of justice that shaped our nation’s history. As lawyers, legal educators, scholars, and advocates, we have a duty to help eradicate racism in all its forms.”
In the resolution, faculty pledge to rethink classroom teaching in order to “eliminate” racial and cultural bias.
In addition, according to the Hatchet, law school professors plan to develop workshops and seminars with topics on race-sensitive teaching.
According to the resolution, faculty plan to bolster recruitment for students of color by working hand in hand with historically Black colleges and universities and the Black Law Student Association.
“The GW Law community is so special—namely, our ability to come together to support one another in times of crisis, to lift one another as we climb to new heights, and to serve as thought leaders in a world that looks to us for guidance. I applaud our faculty for taking this critical step forward in striving to dismantle the injustice that has defined the struggle of African Americans in this nation for centuries,” Dean Bracey says.