An Overview of the Center for International Studies'
Black Lives Matter and Global Racial Justice Initiative
The Center for International Studies (CIS) announced its “Black Lives Matter and Global Racial Justice” initiative, an integrative and evolving commitment to addressing racism and its many manifestations in the U.S. and abroad in 2020.
Our position paper, “Black Lives Matter: Center for International Studies’ Position on Social Justice and Equity,” which inaugurates the initiative, is both a statement of principles and an action plan. It prompts us to consider and respond to fundamental structures, practices, and sensibilities that inform racism, racial discrimination, and other forms of racial inequity, which range from the subtle to the stark.
This position paper on Black Lives Matter is a collaboration of the faculty and staff of the Center for International Studies of OHIO University. This paper was conceived during the summer and fall of 2020 as a response to the Black Lives Matter movement and the COVID-19 pandemic. This paper critically evaluates the past, present, and future positioning of the Center for International Studies within OHIO University and develops recommendations in the struggle against systemic racism that move us toward equity and social justice.