Help current students, faculty, and staff engage with the Baltimore Uprising. Reaffirm our institution's commitment to social justice. Start by reposting the www.goucher.edu homepage about Baltimore City.
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For the past few months, www.goucher.edu has had a photo of the Inner Harbor on the College's homepage, boasting the wonderful city right next door. On April 27, 2015, Goucher College's Office of the President and Office of Communications removed the photo and headline entirely. According to the Senior Administration, prospective parents and families would decide not to attend Goucher in the wake of the Baltimore Uprising and "riot" that happened on April 27th due to concerns over safety.
As a member of this community - a community that was founded on a commitment to social justice - I find this deeply saddening. Since its founding in 1885, Goucher College has been on the cusp of social change. Now, I find this institution’s senior leadership team accepting the city of Baltimore when it affirms their intended identity, and rejecting the city when it does not affirm that identity. Between our community-based learning programs, students choosing to live off-campus, faculty and staff who live downtown, our very own community members from Baltimore City, and our original campus having been at St. Paul and 23rd Streets, we have a long-established relationship with Baltimore. At a time where other area schools’ administrations are using the Baltimore Uprising as an opportunity to understand the complexities of a city, especially one divided on such strong socioeconomic and racial lines as Baltimore, Goucher College’s senior leadership team seems to be pushing away that chance. Goucher College has the intellectual, social, and political abilities to aid the resolution of community-police relations and institutionalized racism, but our leaders choose safe rhetoric over strong public conviction.
Rethinking, reshaping, and revamping our engagement with the city of Baltimore is crucial, and it must be done from a lens of social justice - a lens that our students, faculty, and staff have both crafted and polished. The first step in that? Repost the webpage that boasts the beautifully complex city many of us call home. You want our students to be Goucher Proud? We want you to be Baltimore Proud.
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