Higher Education Statement of Support for 2018 Black Lives Matter Week of Action
We, the undersigned professors and scholars, publicly express our support for, and solidarity with, teachers and community members who have organized the National Black Lives Matter Week of Action to be held between February 5-10, 2018. This week of action focuses on making Black Lives Matter in our universities and schools by engaging our communities in discussions centered on the 13 guiding principles that extend Black Lives Matter into a movement. We believe that this week of action is vital for educators, parents, students, and all communities in order to...

-Create a space for introspection and dialogue around the 13 guiding principles;
-Build deeper connections between educators, parents, students, and community organizations;
-Stand in support of national organizing of Black Lives Matter;
-Work with students and student groups to take a leading role in this week and moving forward.

As this work continues beyond February 10th, we point to the Racial Justice Statement written by the Caucus of Working Educators (Philadelphia), which asserts that “purposeful action needs to be taken in order to eliminate the adverse outcomes derived from perpetual structural racism evident in public education.”

This ongoing work will promote equity; the value of human life; and educational, political, and social justice. It requires that all of us, as educators, develop the knowledge and actions necessary to eliminate the barriers that intersecting forms of structural prejudice, stereotyping, discrimination, and bias create in Philadelphia and beyond. We are committed to teaching, learning, and co-creating culture in our classrooms that reflect these mission and goals in order to build the leadership of our students so that we may all live by these principles. The survival and liberation of Black people and, by extension, all people demands this.

In solidarity,
Jen Bradley, Swarthmore College
David I. Backer, West Chester University
Dana M Simone, West Chester University
Miranda Weinberg, Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania
Mark C. Lewis, University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education
Elaine Leigh, University of Pennsylvania
Marybeth Gasman, University of Pennsylvania
Sharon Ravitch, University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education
Richard Liuzzi, University of Pennsylvania
Elly Porter-Webb, Community College of Philadelphia
Kathleen Riley, West Chester University
Nicholas Toloudis, The College of New Jersey
Katie Pak , University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education
Krystal Strong , University of Pennsylvania
Casey Bohrman, West Chester University
Rosemary A Barbera, La Salle University
Amy Brown, University of Pennsylvania
Kyle Schultz, University of Pennsylvania
Susan L. DeJarnatt, Temple University
Encarna Rodríguez, Saint Joseph's University
Kristen Goessling, Penn State, Brandywine
Sarah Byker James, Community College of Philadelphia
Jody Polleck, Hunter College
Steven Davis, Community College of Philadelphia
Edwin Mayorga, Swarthmore College
Laura Roy, La Salle University
Cassie Lo, University of Pennsylvania
Lauren Anderson, Connecticut College
Camika Royal, Loyola University Maryland
Bree Picower, Montclair State University
Tanya Maloney, Montclair State University
Nirmala Erevelles, The University of Alabama
Keisha McIntosh Allen, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Rema Reynolds, Eastern Michigan University
Jamel K. Donnor, The College of William & Mary
Charles H.F. Davis III, University of Southern California
Gloria Ladson-Billings, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Jessica Shiller, Towson University
Ramon Goings, Loyola University Maryland
Karin Lange, Loyola University Chicago
Roderick L. Carey, University of Delaware
Sonia M. Rosen, Arcadia University
Kathryn Strom, California State University East Bay
Bobby Rivers, St. John's University
Jennifer V. Jones
Jenna Cushing-Leubner, University of Wisconsin - Whitewater
Erin Whitney, California State University, Chico
Mary Enoch Elizabeth Baxter, Temple University
Juliet Curci, Temple University
Tabitha Dell’Angelo, The College of New Jersey
Beth C Rubin, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
James Arrington, University of Pennsylvania
Lisa Smulyan, Swarthmore College
Monica Taylor, Montclair State University
Sara Tolbert, University of Arizona
Lara Cohen, Swarthmore College
Zoe Burkholder, Montclair State University
Maia Cucchiara, Temple University
Katie Solic, West Chester University
Ofelia Garcia, The Graduate Center, City University of New York
Akira Drake Rodriguez, PennDesign
Mary Yee, University of Pennsylvania GSE
Tricia Niesz, Kent State University
Dean J Johnson, West Chester University
Victoria Restler, Rhode Island College
Alesha Gayle, University of Pennsylvania
Barbara Ferman, Temple University
Myrna Garcia, Northwestern University
Michelle Fine, The Graduate Center, CUNY
Amanda Barrett Cox, University of Pennsylvania
Nina Mehta, PARCEO
Jonathan Shandell, Arcadia University
Will J Jordan, Temple University
Marlena McKnight
Wendy Luttrell, The Graduate Center, City University of New York
Megan Povelones, Penn State Brandywine
Katrina Bartow Jacobs, University of Pittsburgh
Mary Hoeffel, Community College of Philadelphia
Rick Ayers, University of San Francisco
Erin Hurt, West Chester University
Anita Chikkatur, Carleton College
Rachel Throop, Barnard College
Amy Stornaiuolo, University of Pennsylvania
Giselle Cunanan, Indiana University
Lan Ngo, University of Pennsylvania
Leigh Patel, University of California, Riverside
James Earl Davis, Temple University
Miriam Tager, Westfield State University
Ari Sherris, Texas A&M University-Kingsville
Melissa Kapadia, University of Pennsylvania
Joanne Larson, University of Rochester
Aaron Hostetter, Rutgers-Camden
Erika Bullock, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Wendy Cavendish, University of Miami
Beth Sondel, University of Pittsburgh
Roseann Liu, Swarthmore College
Hannah Baggett, Auburn University
Shameka N Powell, Tufts University
Caitlin Cahill, Pratt Institute
Wayne Au, University of Washington Bothell
Trevor Young-Hyman, University of Pittsburgh
Desiree Dighton, North Carolina State University
Linda, University of Pittsbirgh
Saili Kulkarni, CSUDH
Rita Kohli, University of California, Riverside
Keisha L. Green, UMass-Amherst
Kiersten Greene, SUNY New Paltz
Celina Su, City University of New York
Soo Hong, Wellesley College
Mark Warren, University of Massachusetts Boston
Adalaine Holton, Stockton University
Dana M. Moss, University of Pittsburgh
Mark Stern, Colgate University
Kerr Mesner, Arcadia University
Melissa A. Fabello, Widener University
Jeremy Benson, Rhode Island College
Wideline Seraphin, Penn State University
Ana Carolina Diaz Beltran, Penn State
Kimberly Goyette, Temple University
Cathy Coulter, University of Alaska Anchorage
Ebony Elizabeth Thomas, University of Pennsylvania
Sarah Hobson, Community Allies, LLC.
Susi Long, University of South Carolina
Alicia Rusoja, University of Pennsvlvania
Allison Green, Highline College
Jerry Carbo, Shippensburg University
Jon M Dietrick, Babson College
Kari Kokka, University of Pittsburgh
Carla Espana, Hunter College, CUNY
Mary Lannon, Nassau Community College
Kathy Schultz, University of Colorado Boulder
Zoe Cohen, Tyler School of Art, Temple University
Elena Aydarova, Auburn University
David Chatfield, Community College of Aurora, Aims
Mayida Zaal, Montclair State University
Amelia Hoover Green, Drexel University
Meera Nair, New York University
Laura Perna, University of Pennsylvania
Lightning Jay, University of Pennsylvania
Susan Schweik, U.C. Berkeley
George Ciccariello-Maher, Hemispheric Institute
Jessica Rossi, Community College of Philadelphia
Amy, Community College of Philadelphia
Julie Odell, Community College of Philadelphia
Elizabeth J Cantafio, Community College of Philadelphia
Lynnette Mawhinney, The College of New Jersey
Kerry Arnold, Community College of Philadelphia
Ryan Bing, Community College of Philadelphia
David Stovall, University of Illinois at Chicago
Jennifer, Community College of Philadelphia
Jon Drucker, University of the Sciences
D. Michael Byler, Community College of Philadelphia
Rachel Cholst, Hostos Community College
Dulivanette, Community College of Philadelphia
Talia Young, Princeton University
Bronwyn Lepore, Community College of Philadelphia
Jennie Shanker, Temple University
Beth McGarry, Indian River State College, FL
T.S. O'Sullivan, Central New Mexico Community College
Melissa DeGezelle, Temple University
Jennifer McCarthy Foubert, Knox College
Akua Gyamerah, University of California, San Francisco
Davido Dupree, Community College of Philadelphia
Kaitlin Popielarz, Wayne State University
Reynaldo Baca, University of Southern California
Melissa Altman-Traub, Community College of Philadelphia
Kirsten Cole, Borough of Manhattan Community College
Nina Gorman, Community College of Philadelphia
E. Colin Ruggero, Community College of Philadelphia
Frank Bernt, Saint Joseph's University
Angela Fleming, Mastery Charter School
Julianne Rieders, University of Pennsylvania
Jen Stewart, West Chester University
Carla Shalaby, University of Michigan
Shifra Sharlin, Yale
Kaliris Y. Salas-Ramirez, CUNY School of Medicine
Victoria Frye, CUNY School of Medicine
Denisha Jones, Trinity Washington University
David Sorkin, Yale
Erin Cross, University of Pennsylvania
Hannah Ashley, West Chester University
Mike Nakkula, University of Pennsylvania
Anitta Santiago, Hostos Community College
Julie Gallagher, Penn State Brandywine
Shari Seraneau, Hostos Community College
Shruti Sheshadri, University of Pennsylvania
Katya Murillo, University of Pennsylvania
Rosie Jacobson, Penn GSE
Fatima Sanz, University of Pennsylvania
Lori Flanagan-Cato, University of Pennsylvania
Abby Kalkstein, University of Pennsylvania
Jose Mason, Community College of Philadelphia
Anne Pomerantz, University of Pennsylvania
Ali Michael, Race Institute for K-12 Educators
Jennifer Phuong, University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education
Kara Helzner, University of Pennsylvania
Damion Trent, Bedford Stuyvesant Prep
Jessica Villanueva-McCollum, Art Institute of Philadelphia
Sarah Simi Cohen, University of Pennsylvania
Samantha Barrick, CUNY School of Medicine
Lindsay Goldsmith-Markey, University of Pennsylvania
Bruce Campbell, Arcadia University
Samuel Collins, Towson University
Elyshia Aseltine, Towson University
Kelly Welch, Villanova University
Arianna Parsons, University of Pennsylvania
Christine Allen, Penn State Brandywine
Alexandra Freidus, New York University
Jessica Villanueva-McCollum, Art Institute of Philadelphia
Jessica Villanueva-McCollum, Art Institute of Philadelphia
Lauren Bailes, University of Delaware
Jason Moore, Oakland University
Kelcey Grogan, University of Pennsylvania
Dexter D. Evans, University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education
Morna McDermott, Towson University
Sherry Deckman, Lehman College
Charlotte Jacobs, University of Pennsylvania
Lemoine Joseph, University of Pennsylvania
Alexine Fleck, Community College of Philadelphia
Jessica Villanueva-McCollum, Art Institute of Philadelphia
Sarah Simi Cohen, University of Pennsylvania
Samantha Barrick, CUNY School of Medicine
Lindsay Goldsmith-Markey, University of Pennsylvania
Bruce Campbell, Arcadia University
Samuel Collins, Towson University
Elyshia Aseltine, Towson University
Kelly Welch, Villanova University
Arianna Parsons, University of Pennsylvania
Christine Allen, Penn State Brandywine
Alexandra Freidus, New York University
Lauren Bailes, University of Delaware
Jason Moore, Oakland University
Kelcey Grogan, University of Pennsylvania
Dexter D. Evans, University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education
Morna McDermott, Towson University
Sherry Deckman, Lehman College
Charlotte Jacobs, University of Pennsylvania
Lemoine Joseph, University of Pennsylvania
Alexine Fleck, Community College of Philadelphia
Rob Haworth, West Chester University
Yasser Payne, University of Delaware
Daniel Laurison, Swarthmore College
Anita Fernandez, Prescott College & XITO
Scott Gelber, Wheaton College
Lisa Huebner, West Chester University
Donna-Marie Cole-Malott, Penn State University
Valerie M. Wilhite, University of the Virgin Islands
Alba Isabel Lamar, Michigan State University
Susan Riemer Sacks, Barnard College, Columbia Univ.
Adam Howard, Colby College
Rachel Kramer Theodorou, Brandeis University
Beth Ferholt, Brooklyn College
Ellen Freeman, Penn State University
Jayminn Sanford-DeShields, Temple University
Elaine Allard, Swarthmore College
Charisma Presley, Villanova University
Diane Downer Anderson, Swarthmore College
Lesa A. Johnson, California State University, Chico
Rosalie Rolon Dow, University of Delaware
Rhiannon Maton, SUNY Cortland
Hasan Kwame Jeffries, The Ohio State University
Doris A. Santoro, Bowdoin College
Christina Villarreal, Brown University
Ryan Haas, University of Pennsylvania
Amy W. Grillo, Mount Holyoke College
Misha R. Carthen, University of Pennsylvania
Benjamin Parker, Millersville University
Patricia, San José State University
Ann Withorn, University of Mass. Boston
Elizabeth Cannon, University of Pennsylvania
Cady Landa, University of Massachusetts Boston
Marquisha Lawrence Scott, University of Pennsylvania
Jerry Carbo, Shippensburg University
Leland McGee, University of Pennsylvania
Millery Polyne, New York University
Marguerite Wilson, Binghamton University
Shaleigh Kwok, University of Pennsylvania
Kathy Hall, University of Pennsylvania
Dana Wright, Connecticut College
Nina F Cross, University of Pennsylvania
Neenah Estrella-Luna, Salem State University
Juli Grigsby, Haverford College
Katherine Norris, West Chester University
Nedra Lee, University of Massachusetts Boston
Tabitha Morgan, Community College of Philadelphia
Matthew Weinstein, UW Tacoma

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