Duke Service-Learning denounces the ongoing violence against Black lives and the needless deaths of George Floyd, Rayshard Brooks, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and Ahmaud Arbery among countless others. We recognize these killings are part of a historic and perpetual system of white supremacy and structural racism that systematically harms Black, Brown, and Indigenous peoples on personal and institutional levels. We are in solidarity with the anti-racist activism of protestors around the world. We recognize that service-learning can reinforce the very power dynamics it seeks to disband – thus, we re-commit ourselves to deeply listening, learning, and advocating for all courses and partnerships to be infused with a racial equity lens. This means rejecting deficit framing in favor of asset-based frameworks rooted in solidarity and centering Black, Brown, and Indigenous voices in our field and other communities.
Please join us in our commitment to anti-racism by consulting the below resources, readings, trainings, and opportunities to support local organizations:
Resources and Readings
Trainings and Organizational Opportunities
We are listening and deeply empathize with the pain, re-traumatization, and fatigue that accompany continued racist acts and statements. We recognize how these impact one’s mental, emotional, and spiritual health.
David, Amy, Joan, Kathy, Ruth, and Kimmie