Fighting Racism - Message to our students
Dear Environmental Studies and Global Studies Students and Alumni,
The events of the past week compel all of us to recognize and act against the systemic racism that exists in American society and which undermines our efforts to build social and environmental justice for all people. A core principle of the Department of Environmental Studies -- which drives the faculty and staff of our department -- is to empower all our students to take action to create a better world.
We believe it is unacceptable that Black communities are targeted and terrorized by the police in this country. The recent killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Regis Korchinski-Paquet and David McAtee follow in the wake of countless Black lives taken by police. We feel for your experiences of this moment, and are here to support you. Please make your voices heard -- above all -- by VOTING to heal our nation and make racism a thing of the past.
If you are looking for some relevant resources, the Dean of our College, Dr. Walt Jacobs, provides this information: "Here are a few links, but there are many other groups and ways you can get involved ... Ibram X. Kendi provides this reading list ... In particular, I recommend the article 'Your Black Colleagues May Look Like They’re Okay — Chances Are They’re Not' You may want to send a note of support to Black/African American friends and coworkers."
Your department faculty provide additional resources for you, which are listed at the end of this letter. Many of us are using some of these resources ourselves over the summer to help us better understand the issues, actions, and histories that brought our country to this moment. We hope to expand our own awareness so that we might be better able to incorporate anti-racism into our courses and our interactions with you and the broader community in which we live and work. We believe that by addressing institutionalized racism, as a department - faculty, staff, and students – we can become part of the solution.
We always strive to make our Department a haven of support and empowerment for you. Please reach out to me or your faculty if you wish to talk with any of us at this difficult time. And, always know you can come to me if you see ways to make your education at SJSU more supportive, equitable and engaging.
We are with all of you in these difficult times-- Dr. Trulio and all your faculty and staff
Anti-racism Reading List
'Reading Towards Abolition: A Reading List on Policing, Rebellion, and the Criminalization of Blackness' compiled by The Abusable Past Collective
'Abolition Study', a reading list compiled by Drs. Ashanté Reese and SA Smythe
Layla F. Saad. Me and white supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor. Sourcebooks, 2020.
Ibram X. Kendi. How to be an Antiracist. One World Publisher. 2019.
Patrisse Khan-Cullors & Asha Bandele. When They Call you a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memior. St. Martin's Press. 2020.
Ijeoma Oluo. So You Want to Talk about Race. Seal Press. 2019.
Elisa Camahort Page, Carolyn Gerin, and Jamia Wilson. Road Map for Revolutionaries: Resistance, Activism, and Advocacy for All. Ten Speed Press. 2018.
Watch: Geographies of Racial Capitalism with Ruth Wilson Gilmore (https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=2CS627aKrJI)
Dated: June 4, 2020
CONGRATULATIONS GRADUATES OF THE CLASS OF SPRING 2020!
Dear Class of Spring 2020,
Congratulations to you on your degree!! Your faculty in Environmental Studies and I applaud you on achieving this life-changing milestone. We are so proud of you!
We wish to honor you, the Class of 2020, the most unique class of graduates in our lifetimes. You are unique, certainly, because you are special and wonderful people. But, also because the novel coronavirus pandemic--and the upheaval it has wrought--has changed our lives and altered our futures and this semester you had to completely change your way of living and learning. Confronted with this challenge, you did an amazing job and you made it to the finish line!
On a personal note, I want to say that it has been a pleasure having you in our Department and I have truly enjoyed being your advisor through this journey. Until we can celebrate in person, the faculty and staff of the Department of Environmental Studies and I send you a congratulatory message via this video: https://youtu.be/_y4c82Sn9PI
Best wishes and please stay in touch!
Dr. Trulio and your Department faculty and staff
**COVID-19: Important Information for Students**
Dear Department of Environmental Studies students,
Your faculty and I hope you are doing well and staying safe in these difficult times. I wanted you to know that there are a number of support services and resources available to students to help you through this period. You can see a list of these resources by clicking on this link. I will update this information as more becomes available.
For graduating seniors: Although the Spring 2020 commencement has been postponed, please know that your ability to graduate has NOT been postponed. If you finish the classes you need for your degree, you will graduate! If you have any questions or concerns about graduation, please email me at email@example.com .
For all our majors and minors: If you are majoring or minoring in an Environmental Studies program and you need advising, I am happy to help you via phone and email! Just email me and we'll set up an appointment. For Global Studies majors, please start by contacting Dr. Katherine Cushing, the Global Studies Coordinator, for advising (firstname.lastname@example.org).
For MS students: If you have any concerns about progressing with your degree, please contact Dr. O'Malley (email@example.com) and your major advisor. They will help you chart a path forward.
Always feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have. Your faculty and I are here for you!
Please stay safe and healthy--
Dr. Trulio, Chair