CBEST Statement on Anti-Racism and Promoting Equality and Justice
CBEST strongly supports the movement and the principles of Black Lives Matter. We have been horrified by the killing of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and the so many other black lives that have been extinguished in recent years. This pattern of violence against black people more clearly than ever points to an ongoing environment of racism and discrimination across our country. We know that to do nothing will perpetuate the status quo. Now is the time for us to join the millions of Americans, a great diversity of Americans, who have powerfully and passionately made their voices heard through peaceful protests and through other means. Comprehensive change is needed, not only in policing and criminal justice, but also to rectify systemic racism and discrimination in educational, economic, health care, and other areas that have perpetuated inequality.
As members of the academic community focusing on biodiversity, ecosystem science, ecology, and evolutionary biology, we have been awkwardly aware of the underrepresentation black scientists in our areas of study..... Systemic racism and discrimination are pervasive in our society and we must do more to address it.
We commit ourselves to diversifying science, providing mentorship for black and other POC scientists, and vocally expressing outrage when we see racist acts......As academics who are responsible for the education and training of our students, we pledge to listen, learn, and act in the hope that we will make a difference in the movement to fight and remedy systemic racism and discrimination in our sciences......
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The Center for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Stewardship (CBEST) seeks to promote research in biodiversity and ecosystem science with a focus on understanding ongoing changes in ecosystems, their component organisms, and the benefits they provide to society.