Anti-Racism in Academia (ARiA): A Learning Journey is a grassroots, volunteer-led effort. We provide a way for higher ed employees to engage in self-examination through national, intersectional conversations. We believe in a shared humanity where open hearts open minds. We insist that change at the individual level complements work at the organizational level, and the strength of both can push forward the systemic transformations necessary to create an inherently inclusive and just academy.
ARiA’s signature program (#ROLLAP) a 5-part facilitated discussion series outlining an actionable approach to leading change from where you are. Participants engage in frank, small group virtual discussions designed to better understand racism issues, examine their own biases, and think critically about effective ways to build a more inclusive culture in academia.
Reach out to people from different racial backgrounds than your own.
Listen to their perspectives and lived experiences.
Learn from those conversations and credible sources with the goal of achieving conscientiousness around racism.
Act with intent and steadfast commitment to affect change within your spheres of influence.
Persist to sustain your allyship and advocacy efforts.