The recent brutal murders of African Americans by the police force have made it clear that we need to combat the injustice and systemic racism facing African Americans in our country and beyond. Black lives matter! Unfortunately, what we see is just the tip of the iceberg.
Research and academic environments are not exempt from injustice: our black colleagues face daily challenges related to the deeply unjust discrimination and biases that persist. Our classrooms and research laboratories still do not reflect the diversity of the members of our communities. It is past time for members of the majority to fight for a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive academic environment.
The academic community can take a stand through initiatives such as #ShutDownAcademia (https://www.shutdownstem.com). As a part of this initiative, researchers and other academics will pause their usual activities for a time of education, reflection, and plans for action regarding anti-black racism.
In order to make space for us to participate in this initiative, we have postponed all MTV Virtual Research Symposium talks from Wednesday, June 10 to Monday, June 15. Additionally, we are postponing the Thursday happy hour sessions to Monday, June 15. The updated Symposium schedule can be found here.
MTV is committed to creating a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment in academia. Please see the resources below with suggestions for concrete actions that you can take.