Accountability at LBC
Accountability at LBC
Lancaster Bible College is a small, private Christian campus located in Lancaster, PA. It is a Predominantly White Institution that has a long history of covering up and being complicit with institutionalized racism and the erasure of BIPOC students on their campus. Many BIPOC students over the years have taken steps to try and get the administration and faculty to implement policies, workshops, and safe places for them to exist on campus, but have been met with ignorance, gaslighting, threats and all out denial. For a lot of the minority students on campus when they speak up about racism and ignorance that they experience from their classmates and teachers, their concerns are largely ignored. This petition has been made in an effort to draw outside attention to the problems that exist on this campus and to effect positive change for the Black and Brown students at LBC as well as public accountability for their racist past.
These are the demands we are making of Lancaster Bible College, to be fulfilled no later than September 30th, 2020
1. The school will issue a public apology/acknowledgement (both on social media and in person) of the harm that was caused to Black and Brown students and is still being perpetuated through the erasure of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) from the curriculum, white centered campus culture, lack of equity, marketing tokenism, and the countless micro-aggressions experienced by these students daily.
2. The school will release and make easily accessible on their website, a formal statement on their positions regarding Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and their stance on Anti-racism as well as Black Lives Matter. This statement will clearly define the difference between prejudice and Institutionalized Racism, as well as defining other forms of Racism such as:
Microaggressions: comment or action that subtly and often unconsciously or unintentionally expresses a prejudiced attitude toward a member of a marginalized group (such as a racial minority
BIPOC erasure: Excluding Black and Brown People of Color from the curriculum, events, academia, news stories and other areas of campus life
Historical Racial Epithets: Insults that have historically been used to oppress and marginalize BIPOC
Prejudice: preconceived opinion that is not based on reason or actual experience, can be between any group of people
Racism: Racism refers to a variety of practices, beliefs, social relations, and phenomena that work to reproduce a racial hierarchy and social structure that yields superiority, power, and privilege for some, and discrimination and oppression for others.
3. Furthermore, with this statement, the school will make clear what policies, seminars, trainings, workshops and other academic resources will be implemented & provided on campus as well as in the curriculum to create a more Anti-racist, equitable and inclusive environment for BIPOC students and faculty.
4.The school will create a Racial Discrimination Incident Report form, which will be easily accessible on their website to ensure that there is a written and recorded record of incidences of racial discrimination. To this end, we hope to ensure no student who experiences racial trauma will be further gaslighted or dismissed.
(Definition of Gaslighting: Gaslighting is a form of psychological manipulation in which a person or a group covertly sows seeds of doubt in a targeted individual or group, making them question their own memory, perception, or judgment)
This form should also help the school keep track of the amount of racially charged experiences some students experience on campus that have in the past, been swept under the rug or dismissed. A common lament from BIPOC students (past and present) who come forward to have their concerns addressed is that they are often made to feel as if they are the only ones struggling with the racially hostile climate in campus.
5. The school will clearly address each incident of racial discrimination that is reported, will record when it was reported in the school's database as well as what actions were take to address said incidences. Racism against BIPOC should not be tolerated and consequences must be enforced.
6. The school will reveal how they plan to change their hiring pool and practices to include more BIPOC teachers, counselors, and administrators. Particularly Latinx teachers, of whom there are very little to none teaching full-time at the Lancaster Campus.
We are demanding all of this happen no later than September 30, 2020. Since this administration has historically struggled with establishing concrete timelines for implementing systemic change, we are respectfully providing one.