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Strategic Imperative for Racia Justice and Decolonization.

At least 9 trans* femme womyn of color have been killed in 2017.  Hashtag Say her name

Black men were nine times more likely to be killed by law enforcement than other Americans in 2016.  The failure to convit white police officer Darren Wilson for Michael Brown's killing in Ferguson was the tipping point in the intractable history of distrust, racism, and militarized policing of Black men.

On September 5th 2017, the current United States President rescinded the DACA "Dreamers" program in which eight hundred thousand students are enrolled as of March fifth 2018.

50.2 percent of Pacific Islander and 40.3% of souteast Asian students between twenty five and thirty four hears of age have not attended college.  

In 2013, 9.7 precent of degrees were conferred to Black women making them the most educated group in their cohort.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities account for eight of the top ten institutions graduating the most doctoral students in science and engineering.

The percentage of United States college students from underrepresented communities is increasing. Since the 1970s, four percent to seventeen percent in 2016 for Latinos, two to seven percent for Asian Pacific Islanders, tent o fourteen percent for Black and point seven to point eight percent of American Indian and Alaska Native persons.

There is much work to do.  Students and other stakeholders are demanding substantive changes in institutional policies and practices in all areas of operations and instruction with real remedies to asserted inequities both on and off campus.

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Strategic Imperative for Racial Justice and Decolonization Talking Points

In November of 2016, the ACPA Governing Board adopted the Strategic Imperative for Racial Justice and in July of 2017 expanded the imperative to include decolonization.  Our commitment to this work includes agreement with six operational truths.  They are

Number one, All forms of oppression are linked.

Number two, Racism and colonization are real, present, enduring, intersectional, and systemic forms of oppression.

Number three, Racism and colonization have informed the experience of all of us in higher education.

Number four, Advocacy and social change require us to work to dismantle racism and colonization in higher education.

Number five, our collective education, research and scholarship, advocacy, and capacity will create positive change in higher education.

Number six, We believe in and have hope for our individual capacity, desire, and drive to grow, learn, and change.

We encourage each of our members and all of our colleagues in student affairs and higher education to reflect on this essential question, "What is my place in doing racial justice and decolonization work?"

ACPA is committed to helping our members develop competencies to engage in this work within their respective roles and responsibilities in student affairs.  Please use and share resources at our website located at

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