These last few weeks have been hard for our country and likely for you.
These weeks may have been filled with pain and anguish, watching yet another Black person lose their life.
These weeks may have been filled with fear and anxiety about you or your family’s safety.
These weeks may have filled with long hot days engaging in protests against police brutality.
These weeks may have been filled with new awareness, learning how to take action and transition from being not racist to anti-racist.
It may have been all of the above.
If you are a part of our community you likely have a disability or you are involved with people with disabilities as family members or professionals. Our community speaks a lot about equality and access for people with disabilities. But we are less outspoken about equality and access for Black people.
And for that to change, we all have some work to do.
Changing expectations and increasing opportunities for people with intellectual disability to go to college has, and will always be, our mission. But we can do more to address racial inequity in our work. Part of our journey recently was reflecting on how we will be more intentional.
We will encourage difficult and productive conversations with schools and colleges in our network to hear what is happening for Black students and other students of color. We will try to address inequities in the work we do and the support we provide. We will broaden our reach to better reflect experiences of those in the Black community in our research, in our publications, and on our social media channels.
You can count on us to work harder to ensure expectations and opportunities are improved for Black students with intellectual disabilities and students of color around the country.
Think College aligns itself with the Institute for Community Inclusion and School for Global Inclusion and Social Development at UMass Boston in our efforts to dismantle oppressive systems and instead promote fully inclusive practices. We stand with ICI and SGISD and their messages of support.