St. John’s University School of Law Student Organization Commitment to Racial Justice and Solidarity
Updated: Sep 21, 2020
THIS STUDENT ORGANIZATION COMMITMENT (“COMMITMENT”) is made this day of September 7, 2020 (“Effective Date”), by and between the various represented and undersigned St. John’s University School of Law Student Organizations (“STUDENT ORGS”) at the forum of the St. John’s University School of Law Affinity Group Alliance (“AGA”).
I. THE AGREEMENT
In light of the killing of George Floyd by the Minneapolis Police and the pattern of police violence against Black communities;
Recognizing the verbal and written commitments to solidarity with BLSA and the Black community made during the “No More Talking, What are we Going to Do?” event on June 4,2020 (“Dialogue Day”);
And understanding that there are unique actions each student organization can take as a result of our individual areas of expertise to highlight and combat anti-Black racism and police brutality,
We, the STUDENT ORGS, resolve to make the following changes to our community:
The STUDENT ORGS shall acknowledge and challenge anti-Black racism in their fields.
The STUDENT ORGS understand the importance of diversity and inclusion and shall consider diversity as a criterion for speakers when planning events.
The STUDENT ORGS shall host at least one event or activity per year that addresses anti-Black racism in their field.
The STUDENT ORGS shall have an executive board position or committee dedicated to diversity and inclusion.
The STUDENT ORGS shall communicate to their incoming E-board each year the importance of maintaining the commitments made in this document.
The STUDENT ORGS acknowledge that this contract and the individual commitments made in Section II represent a minimum commitment to solidarity with the Black community and anti-racist work. For this reason, each organization shall, in the years following the 2020-2021 school year, continue to work to improve and increase its commitment to anti-racism.
We, the STUDENT ORGS, understand the magnitude of the COMMITMENT, and pledge to hold ourselves accountable for these commitments.
The STUDENT ORGS also agree to be held accountable to the COMMITMENT by the mechanisms and measures described in Appendix A.