We are at a crossroads, as a nation, as a people. We must remain steadfast in our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our resolve as a school of social work and community of social justice warriors calls for courageous and intentional action. We must do more than believe in the inherent dignity and worth of all people. We must be willing to lean into discomfort and speak out against racist ideologies and systems in our personal and professional communities. We must engage in anti-racist action for social and systemic change.
We are committed to challenging social injustice.Learn More
Why Take Action?
The Power of Narrative
Learn the basic concepts of power, privilege and oppression from Professor Deb Ortega.
The Source of the Wound
Learn about historical trauma and healing in this award-winning animated short film—produced by Associate Professor Ramona Beltran.
Anti-Racist Action Strategies
Mobilize & Transform
Fight for ongoing racial justice and systemic change:
- Join your local Black Lives Matter chapter and donate.
- Connect with your local Showing Up for Racial Justice chapter.
- Volunteer with the Native Justice Coalition.
- Support your local bail fund supporting protest rapid response and working to abolish money bail.
- Support immigrant justice through the American Friends Service Committee.
- Sign the Movement for Black Lives petition.
- Get involved with Casa de Paz, and organization who offers hospitality to families separated by immigrant detention.
- Contribute to the Families Belong Together organization.
- Write op-eds and letters to the editors of local and national publications.
- Contact your school board, police department, city council and state legislature and demand change at the local and state level.
- Support your community’s Black- and Native-owned businesses, many of which have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic.
Do you have recommendations for additional action strategies?Let's Connect
Resources for White People Looking to Take Action
We encourage all members of our community to see individuals and systems through the lens of power, privilege and oppression. How can White people combat white supremacist violence and advocate for systems change? View these resources to learn more:
We look forward to expanding this list in the future while incorporating resources to support those from all communities to engage in the fight for justice. If you have additional resources to add, we would love to hear from you.