There are a lot of policy and legislative proposals that have been introduced by public and elected officials at every level of government and by activists and community organizations. We’ve compiled this overview to help you make sense of everything that is out there so you can advocate for the policies you support. Read on to learn about different frameworks for police reform, demands from the community, and policy proposals from public and elected officials.
The killings of Black people at the hands of police have prompted weeks of protests, with people around the country calling for changes to policing to end racial discrimination and police brutality. The calls for justice are not new – Black activists have been working to dismantle systemic racism for centuries – but the momentum behind this most recent wave of activism is significant. As a society, we are being forced to grapple with racial disparities in policing.
Pitt's Division of Student Affairs stands in soldiarity with our Black-identifying students and students of color and against systemic racism, police brutality, and injustice in any form. As part of our commitment to creating a safe and welcoming environment for all students, we are educating ourselves on the history of race in the United States of America, learning best practices in how to hold conversations about racism, and taking immediate, actionable steps toward change.
The above toolkit is designed to meet you where you are. Some content is specifically aimed toward our Student Affairs staff, and some content is offered for our students. Some content addresses the concerns and trauma of Black-identifying students and staff, and some content addresses the concerns of White students and staff. Some of us are deep into the conversation about social justice, and some of us are just learning about these concepts. Wherever you are--start where you are today.