The School of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) at TCNJ stands in solidarity with the College’s goal to become an anti-racist institution where Black Lives Matter. We want to foreground two statements: one from the Faculty and one from the Campus Diversity Council. These statements highlight the immediate need to reform our curriculum, policies and practices to become an anti-racist institution with a specific focus on anti-Black racism.
Toward this overarching goal, HSS Dean Jane Wong founded HSS’ Anti-Black Racism Task Force in academic year 2020-21. Dean Wong charged the Task Force with examining the HSS curriculum; the accessibility of, and success of BIPOC students in, our Signature Experiences; and the experience of BIPOC faculty, staff, and students in HSS toward the goal of advancing curricula, policies, practices, and actions that would create and further an inclusive, anti-racist HSS community that is free of bigotry and racism. In academic year 2020-21, the Task Force separated into four subcommittees (Assessment, Curriculum and Signature Experiences, Faculty, and Student Life), each of which focused on specific tasks. Each subcommittee made progress toward achieving its goals (see https://hss.tcnj.edu/hss-anti-black-racism-task-force/).
Beginning Academic Year 2021-22 Dean Wong has renamed the HSS Anti-Black Racism Task Force the HSS Anti-Black Racism Committee. The Committee’s work will be ongoing although its members serve three-year renewable terms.
The Anti-Black Racism Committee may be reached directly by email: HSSAR@tcnj.edu
Please use this link to submit feedback to the Committee: Anonymous Feedback Form
The charge of the HSS Anti-Black Racism Committee is to investigate and develop models for decolonizing the HSS curriculum across different levels: advising courses; courses in the discipline; the structure of the major; and School-level courses/structures. The HSS Anti-Black Racism Committee also advises and supports Departments in their efforts to implement curricular changes. Lastly, the HSS Anti-Black Racism Committee works with the Liberal Learning Council to incorporate anti-racist and intersectional approaches into HSS’ Liberal Learning courses.
This academic year, 2021-2022, the Committee will focus on curricular transformation toward decolonizing the curriculum and supporting Departments and faculty in doing this work with their curricula. HSS will incorporate anti-racism into our curriculum and serve as a model for the TCNJ Campus. By transforming our curriculum, we center BIPOC students and their experiences, prepare all our students to build a just society, and demonstrate our values.
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