Barlow Trophy Alumni Letter of Solidarity with ACAC

Barlow Trophy Alumni Letter of Solidarity with ACAC

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Sophia Richter started this petition to President Abernathy and Alma College Board of Trustees

Hello, Alma College Barlow Trophy recipient/finalist,

We are calling on you to amplify the work being done by the Alma College Accountability Coalition (ACAC), a group of student organizations and alumni pushing for a safer, more inclusive Alma community. Because of the honor associated with the Barlow trophy we feel that it is within our power to contribute to this movement.

As a Barlow finalist we would like to ask you to do the following:

  1. Read and sign ACAC's petition linked here.
  2. Add your name and graduating year to the below letter as a Barlow Trophy finalist.
  3. Share this content with other students and alumni encouraging them to do the same.

We encourage you to also email a letter to a campus official using ACAC's letter campaign templates (linked here) .Even if you are not a Barlow Trophy finalist, this step, combined with your signature on ACAC's petition would be greatly appreciated.
If you have questions feel free to reach out to Sophia Richter via facebook.


Thank you for your invaluable contribution.

 

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The Barlow Trophy Alumni Letter of Solidarity:

 

"Dear President Abernathy and Alma College Board of Trustees, 

We, some of Alma College’s Barlow Trophy winners and finalists, write to add our voices in support of the recommendations put forward by the Alma Collage Accountability Coalition (ACAC) addressing racism and discrimination faced by black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) on and off Alma College’s campus. The ACAC has identified six demands of Alma College administration to address the lack of safety and support for BIPOC. We are adding our names in support of this student-led mission to hold the administration accountable to making Alma’s learning environment safe. 

The disparities and injustices experienced by BIPOC while studying higher education, according to the American Council on Education, include microaggressions, racism, isolation, loneliness, lack of appropriate role-models, and significant psychological stress. This, combined with other factors described in the large body of research dedicated to illustrating these barriers, (such as those reported by Georgetown University’s Public Policy Institute) contribute to an environment that is exhausting, hostile, and outright harmful to many BIPOC students. Unfortunately, Alma College’s campus is not exempt, as demonstrated by the brave voices who shared their experiences through #exposealmacollege and by the subsequent demands from ACAC. It is unreasonable and inexcusable for this to continue.   

As recipients of this prestigious award symbolizing the ideals of Alma College’s mission statement, we recognize a discrepancy between the image and reality of our alma mater. We see a community striving to “prepare graduates who think critically, serve generously, live purposefully, and live responsibly as stewards of the world they bequeath to future generations” but at the same time a community who continues to jeopardize the well-being and success of students from vulnerable groups with silence and inaction. We urge you not only to take immediate, transparent action following those demands outlined in ACAC’s petition, but to do so with a spirit of collaboration and open communication with all stakeholders.

We look forward to seeing these changes. "

Sincerely, 

The below signed Alma College Barlow Trophy finalist/ recipient:

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