On June 4, 2020, the Black Student Union published an open letter from 33 faculty & staff offering love and support for the Black students at FSU. They provided ten policy recommendations to the University administration.
Those recommendations are listed here. Progress made towards those recommendations by SGA and University Administration will be recorded here.
Acknowledge that all of higher education is complicit if we are not naming and calling out racism and its entangled nature with the injustices of sexism, homophobia, transphobia, and ableism in our work.
Strongly recommend a First-Year Experience reading curriculum rooted in social and racial justice and First-Year Discussion Group Series. Those who lead these discussion series should be compensated for their labor.
Strongly recommend that All First Year Students (including transfer students) complete a module on the racial history of Tallahassee that focuses on segregation past and present in the city, unrest and race relations, and the historical relationship between FSU and the city, and with FAMU.
Strongly recommend that new faculty and their staff hires, including Deans, upper administration, and FSU Board of Trustees members, attend NCBI training within the first six months of being onboarded to FSU.
In the Works
Strongly recommend that all departments and colleges craft a diversity and inclusion statement and plan that addresses a strategy for increased recruitment, retention, and mentoring for Black students, staff, and faculty that is supported and accounted for within the University Strategic Plan.
In the Works
Strongly recommend that the University create a paid Anti-Racism Task Force composed of students, staff, faculty, administrators and individuals from the community that directly reports to the President and Provost. This task force will also build space and create structure for a Vice President for Anti-Racism as a part of the FSU Cabinet.
In the Works
Strongly recommend that FSU should hold at least two events per semester in conjunction with FAMU (one located on FAMU's campus and one on FSU's campus) entitled "Community Conversations" designed to help facilitate dialogue between the two Universities and to address the historical injustices brought on by Florida State University as an institution as well as early alumni and founders of the University.
In the Works
Tracking SGA's Progress
Although SGA has publicly supported the faculty recommendations here, Torchlight recognizes the limitations that Student Government has in implementing each recommendation at the SGA level. Therefore, we have chosen to exclude a status meter for specific SGA actions that we deem to be outside of their scope. Instead their action will read N/A. Torchlight is also in communication with the SGA Executive Cabinet regarding which recommendations from the faculty open letter they will be adopting in their platform.
Tracking the University's Progress
The metrics for which we determine the status of the University's actions are based upon the full completion of the recommendations. Drawing from the statements made by Thrasher and the Division of Student Affairs regarding steps being taken to address racism, Torchlight understands that there were promises made in these statements that did not include the faculty recommendations in their entirety. As such, while some statuses may read "In the works", the final status of those actions might result in a "Compromise" instead of "Complete".
"It's not enough anymore to not be racist, we all must be anti-racist."
- Angela Davis
"I will always be on the side of those who have nothing and who are not even allowed to enjoy the nothing they have in peace."
- Frederico Garcia Lorca