Racial Justice and the Mission of Professional, Continuing, and Online Education
“UPCEA calls on all members and member institutions to assume personal and institutional responsibility for the recognition and elimination of inequity and barriers to access and success.” We are called to first listen and then take meaningful, outcomes-focused action; and identify and eradicate systemic racism or injustice as individuals, as institutions, and as members of UPCEA.
“UPCEA encourages all to respect the value of diversity; when we respect the viewpoints, values, talents and experiences of others, we all benefit.” We are called to not just value diversity but to actively seek out the viewpoints, talents, and experiences of the diverse array of individuals in our communities and to cooperate and collaborate with them; and to proactively identify and overcome our unconscious biases.
“Understanding we will not always get it right, our intentional and relentless pursuit of human equity, co-existence and inclusion is conscious and genuine.” We are called to initiate and engage in dialogue and actions about race and social justice in the context of professional, continuing, and online education, some of which may be unfamiliar and uncomfortable and that challenge the mindset of ourselves and our institutions.
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