It is hard to find the right words to express the anger, grief, and sadness many of us are feeling today. Alton Sterling and Philando Castile are now counted among the 509 people who have been killed by police in the United States in 2016.

As student affairs educators, we have the opportunity to care for and support our colleagues, and our students. And we must remember to take care of ourselves.

We continue to add to our Racism in the Academy channel on ACPA Video on Demand. For individuals who hold privileged identities, this is a great place to expand your understanding and awareness.

It is time for us to fully center the lives of our Black colleagues, friends, and families, and use our voices to create change. We welcome your reflections, which will be posted here. Over the coming weeks, we’ll share large and small ways we can each create change.

Our jobs call us into healing space and into courage at contested places during tragedy. Sometimes that means that we “shelve” our own grief and anger so we can be of service and support to our students and colleagues. We invite you to join us in sharing rather than shelving, finding a way where there seems to be none. In the final analysis, each one of us has the capacity to respect human dignity and to reject anything that diminishes one another. 

In the days and weeks ahead, we will continue to develop and centralize resources. If you have one to share, please send it to Tricia Fechter Gates. For now, it is most important for us to remind our Black colleagues, friends, and families that you matter. You matter to us. And we are with you.


Donna Lee

Gavin Henning
Past President

Stephen John Quaye
Vice President

Cindi Love
ACPA Executive Director

Move Forward Together - Coalition of Multicultural Affairs

Black Lives Matter

We have been silent. But the silence has been intentional. We are in mourning and we are simply trying to heal. From Orlando and Baton Rouge to Dallas and Minnesota, we are in shock at the lengthening chain of violence against people of color. Over the past three years, we have continued to observe increased awareness of police brutality against marginalized populations. Know this, the number of...

Reflection - Moses Davis

Black Lives Matter

I’m sitting with this…this feeling of sadness and anger. Yet again, my blackness has given another individual enough fear to take an innocent life… Those who know me well know that I show up in love. Even when it gets hard, I try. But I need to address something. Black lives matter…they really do. I need to unpack this for some of you because there are many who just don’t understand what people...

Reflection - Crystal White

Black Lives Matter

I watched the footage maybe 4-6 times last night. I then drank a glass of wine and I went to bed at 9:30 p.m. I share those details because that isn't my typical pattern. I just shut down. I don't want to be silent yet I don't know what words will do. I have a daughter and a son. I try to tell my children that they can call the police when they need help while knowing that this call could be a...

Black Lives Matter Resources

Black Lives Matter

This list contains resources related to the Black Lives Matter movement. Please check back regularly for updates to this list.