Kent School Anti-Racism Position Statement

As part of its mission to be an anti-oppressive School, the Kent School of Social Work is dedicated to promoting anti-racism in all its endeavors, including service, research, teaching, practice, policies, and climate.  Anti-racism refers to the process of enacting policies and interpersonal interactions that recognize the absolute equality of people across societally defined racial/ethnic groups.  Anti-racism also refers to the process of enacting policies and interpersonal interactions to eradicate disparate outcomes observed between White people and Black, Indigenous, other People of Color (BIPOC).  Therefore, the Kent School seeks to reduce and eliminate inequities in recruitment, retention, and treatment of BIPOC students, staff, and faculty within the School.  In addition, the Kent School strives, through service, research, practice, and advocacy, to reduce and eliminate inequities in education, health and well-being affecting BIPOC throughout the university, city of Louisville, and society in general.   We approach our anti-racism work from an intersectional perspective, recognizing that BIPOC with additional marginalized identities, such as those who are also women, members of the LGBTQ community, religious minorities, and those with disabilities, face particular forms of oppression that need to be addressed to completely eliminate inequities affecting them.