Pricey APU College students,
The previous few weeks have been troublesome. Alongside President Ferguson’s message to the APU Neighborhood this previous week, we acknowledge the anger, frustration, damage, unhappiness, concern, and confusion lots of you might be experiencing throughout this difficult time. The tragic deaths of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and George Floyd ought to evoke feelings in us, and as believers, we have to stand in opposition to any injustice or type of racism. This world is damaged and desperately wants change. All of us can play a component in that change.
As you proceed to course of what’s going down in our nation, communities, households, and even in your personal coronary heart, we encourage you to think about the next:
Assess your ideas, emotions, and wellbeing, and make the most of college assets for help.
The circumstances of this season can weigh on you bodily, emotionally, and spiritually. Be intentional about minding your ideas and emotions, sustaining wholesome relationships, and using assets if you want help. Under are college assets obtainable to you.
Contemplate methods you’ll be able to contribute and problem racism and injustice.
For these of you curious about tangible methods to take motion and contribute throughout this time of disaster, contemplate group organizations and justice initiatives dedicated to creating optimistic change by endorsing related petitions, collaborating in peaceable protests, selling schooling, and supporting worthy campaigns. Additionally, prayerfully contemplate methods God could need to make use of you—your affect and your voice—to advance love, reality, and justice for others.
Turn out to be extra educated of racism and injustice and its present and historic impression on affected populations.
There are various insightful, significant methods to broaden your understanding of racism and injustice and the distinctive lived experiences of susceptible populations impacted by it. Hunt down books, articles, documentaries, and films that enrich your understanding and broaden your empathic regard. Additionally, contemplate native, regional, and university-sponsored boards and occasions that create area for engagement, dialogue, and additional studying. College-sponsored studying alternatives can be promoted by way of e mail when plans are solidified.
Podcasts, Books, and Movies
- 1619 New York Instances podcast
- Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
- The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
- 13th (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix
- Hidden Figures (Theodore Melfi) –– Accessible to lease
- Simply Mercy (Destin Daniel Cretton) — Accessible to lease
- Selma (Ava DuVernay) — Accessible to lease
- The Hate U Give (George Tillman Jr.) — Hulu
- When They See Us (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix
As we proceed to have interaction with each other by way of this troublesome strategy of bringing change to our group, could we be the primary to pay attention; proceed to seek out methods to teach ourselves in regards to the previous, current, and what will be carried out for our future; and be the fingers and toes of Jesus.
Shino Simons, Ph.D., Vice President, Pupil Affairs
Keith Corridor, Ed.D., Vice President, Range and Inclusion