A statement on recent events, from the Crane Center & Schoenbaum Family Center

We at the Crane Center for Early Childhood Research and Policy and Schoenbaum Family Center are saddened and disturbed by the murder of George Floyd and of so many other Black men, women, and children in this country and by the accounts of aggression being witnessed against peaceful protestors including in our own city.

We are not only heartbroken about these events, but we are also committed to action, to educating ourselves and others about racism in America and to working towards making true and lasting changes to a broken system.

Our community is experiencing much pain, yet this heartbreak pales in comparison to the lived experience of Black people every day in the U.S. We commit to challenging racism where we see it in our communities, our workplace, and in ourselves, and examining the myriad ways in which non-Black people benefit from racial privilege. It must start with each and every one of us.

Our centers are committed to improving the well-being of young children, and an explicit commitment to anti-racism is a vital part of this work.

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Readings and Resources:

Books (reading list recommended by the Diversity Equity and Inclusion Facilitators Group):