#ShutDownAcademia #ShutDownSTEM #Strike4BlackLives

When: June 10, 2020

In the wake of the most recent murders of Black people in the US, it is clear that white and other non-Black people have to step up and do the work to eradicate anti-Black racism. As members of the global academic and STEM communities, we have an enormous ethical obligation to stop doing “business as usual.” No matter where we physically live, we impact and are impacted by this moment in history.

It is our social responsibility to act now.

Event websites:

Many physics and astronomy groups are participating in these events and the PHAS E&I completely supports this effort and encourages the members to participate in this strike. You can devote the day to particularly thinking about anti-Black racism in STEM and going through the resources. We understand that a day is not enough, but this could be a new starting point. Start making long term sustainable plans to address these issues and think about how you can contribute to solving this problem.


The websites for #ShutDownSTEM and #Strike4BlackLives contain a wealth of information. In additional, review the following for additional context and resources.

      1. The time is now: systemic changes to increase African Americans with bachelor’s degrees in physics and astronomy – The American Institute of Physics National Task Force to Elevate African American Representation in Undergraduate Physics & Astronomy (TEAM-UP)
      2. Communicating Your Support for #BlackLivesMatter: Dos, Don’ts, and Resources
      3. Justice in June: Short, daily activities that you can do to make a difference
      4. Acknowledging Canadian black history crucial in fighting systemic racism, associate professor says” via CBC News
      5. Alberta Civil Liberties Research Center – Forms of Racism
      6. Alberta Civil Liberties Research Center More Examples of Systemic Racism
      7. Five charts that show what systemic racism looks like in Canada” via CTV News
      8. Black on Bay Street: Hadiya Roderique had it all. But still could not fit in” via the Globe and Mail
      9. A list of local organizations to support from UBC Community Engagement Newsletter
      10. Follow #BlackInIvory / #BlackInTheIvory, #BlackAFinSTEM#BlackInSTEM for personal experiences shared by Black scientists.
      11. Anti-black racism in so-called Canada: Canada specific resources
      12. Decolonising Science Reading List by Chanda Prescod-Weinstein
      13. Book: “BIASED – Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do” By Jennifer L. Eberhardt. (Book review via New York Times: Justice Is Blind. Sometimes, So Is Prejudice.)


Special Session hosted by the CAP EDI Committee, focused on taking action to improve the experiences of Black students and researchers in physics :

Date: June 10, 2020
Time: 1:00 pm – 2:00 p.m. EDT
Place: online – registration required

Public forum against hate and racism at UBCO – Different together: Can we make it happen?

Date: June 11th, 2020
Time: 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. PDT
Place: Webinar – registration required

Diversity and Community Policing on Campuses in Unpredictable Times, Dr. Damon A. Williams – Sponsored by the National Inclusive Excellence Leadership Academy (NIXLA)

Date: July 9th, 2020
Time: 4:00 p.m. EDT
Place: Webinar – registration required
Link: Click for Zoom link