Antiracism Committee

The Antiracism Committee (ARC) of the school psychology doctoral program at Minnesota State University, Mankato was convened to coordinate action related to the program’s official endorsement of the School Psychology Unified Antiracism Statement and Call to Action (García-Vázquez et al., 2020).

ARC Mission Statement and Tenets

The Mission of the Antiracism Committee is to plan, coordinate, and implement action to advance research, practice, policy, and education that will reduce racism. We focus on collaborating, teaching, and participating in service and scholarship that will engage in social justice and anti-racist action. We are committed to actively dismantling systems of oppression and supporting students and faculty from diverse backgrounds. We strive to reduce racial injustices within not only our program, but also the university and broader community.

The Antiracism Committee is committed to the following tenets:

Accountability

The Antiracism Committee acknowledges the need for meaningful conversations related to racial injustice that is systemically embedded within and throughout our country and communities. The committee commits to taking an anti-racist stand and strives to hold each other and others accountable towards working to change the systems that impact diverse cultures in oppressive ways.

Advocacy

The Antiracism Committee advocates for graduate students, youth, families, and communities with diverse backgrounds, identities, and experiences. The Committee actively stands against any discrimination and marginalization of graduate students, faculty, and the greater community.

Cultural Competency

The Antiracism Committee acknowledges that one must be aware of their own culture and acknowledge biases and recognize aspects of privilege that may lend to systemic oppression of non-dominant ethnicities and cultures. The Committee supports the idea that individuals should be active learners and strive to increase their cultural competency, which benefits not only the individual, but also the greater community.

Inclusion

The Antiracism Committee supports a culture of inclusion by: 1) creating a safe space for individuals of all cultures for communicating ideas and issues; 2) including diverse communities/representatives in the conversations of actions that will impact their lives through literature and collaboration; and 3) recognizing intersectional identities and how they impact oppression.

Proactive Diversification

The Antiracism Committee supports efforts to: 1) recruit, retain, and provide support to graduate students with diverse backgrounds; and 2) increase representation of diverse communities within the program, university, and greater Mankato and Minnesota communities.

Continuous Improvement

The Antiracism Committee acknowledges that the movement toward antiracism is a process for the individual and for society. As part of that process, we meaningfully plan our thoughts and actions, implement and act upon our ideas, and reflect upon the outcomes to determine impact and effectiveness

ARC 2021-22 Priorities

  1. The ARC will take actions to ensure the committee, and it’s work are sustainable overtime. These will include establishing procedures for identifying a core faculty and School Psychology Society standing committee representative, developing committee communication tools (e.g., website and newsletter), and requesting the ARC be added to the School Psychology Program Handbook.
  2. The ARC will collaborate with the School Psychology Program core faculty and graduate students to complete a curriculum and syllabus audit to promote antiracist, inclusive, and diverse content in our graduate training program.
  3. The ARC will host the committee’s second annual Antiracism Workshop during spring semester 2022. The workshop will focus on providing professional development for future and current school psychologists about antiracism, diversity, equity, and inclusion.

ARC Members

Dr. Kevin Filter, Committee Chair
Dr. Shawna Petersen-Brown, Faculty Representative
Dr. Elyse M. Farnsworth, Faculty Representative
Kaylee Engle, Student Representative
Danielle German, Student Representative
Ariana Groen, School Psychology Society Representative
Max Keller, School Psychology Society Representative
 

Contact Information:

Students and faculty who are interested in joining ARC or who have questions about ARC are encouraged to contact Kevin Filter, ARC Committee Chair, at kevin.filter@mnsu.edu