Updated: July 29, 5:20 p.m.
Like many of our CSD students, and those across the nation, we're grieving the deaths of those in the Black community, and we're saddened by the racial injustices that many continue to face. We recognize and condemn the multifaceted aspects of systemic racism and oppression in this country that many of our Black NSSLHA students face. We stand with you in expressions of sadness, pain, anger, and calls for change.
Today, we answer the call and are committed to addressing the fundamental issues of racism in our country. Within the CSD community and NSSLHA, we can overcome these issues by increasing our cultural competence, cultural humility, and sensitivity, as well as embracing diversity and inclusion—and putting into action steps for change.
Many goals and objectives of our 2020–2022 Strategic Plan are dedicated to addressing cultural competency, cultural humility, diversity, and inclusion. Below are the strategic initiatives directly related to these goals and objectives; established by National NSSLHA's Executive Council, to be addressed between 2020-2022:
This new National NSSLHA webinar series will foster discussions related to addressing racism and oppression within CSD education. Register for our next conversation:
Join National NSSLHA as we facilitate an open discussion between CSD students and faculty on how to combat racism within CSD education. Hear case studies from the University of Cincinnati and the University of Oregon. Learn strategies to identify, acknowledge, and address racism and oppression against students who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) in order to assist in dismantling systemic and institutional racism within CSD programs.
We're also committed to using National NSSLHA platforms—like the NSSLHA Blog and our social media channels—to share even more stories from students who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) to amplify their voices and create ongoing conversations and action.
We have a lot of work ahead of us . . . and the above list of initiatives is not where it stops. We use the Strategic Plan as a guide to move NSSLHA forward, but it does not hinder us from doing more. This webpage will be updated as we develop more resources, plans-of-action, and initiatives.
NSSLHA is clear in our stance against racism and oppression. Increasing cultural competence, cultural humility, sensitivity, diversity, and inclusion requires partnership and engagement among our members, non-member CSD students, volunteers, student leaders, National NSSLHA's Executive Council, and National Office staff. We're here to listen and are committed to engaging you, our CSD students, in this ongoing conversation. We hope you'll join us.