$168,128 (Project Timeline: 2 years)
Diversity. Inclusion. Intersectionality. Social Justice. Historically, institutions of higher education have been embedded in racist and sexist systems, but have also been the spaces where grassroots organizing, advocacy, civil rights, and social change have blossomed. The Women’s Resource Center (WRC) seeks to continue the journey towards social change, expand and elevate diversity, equity and inclusion through social justice initiatives at BMCC. Funding will establish The Social Justice & Equity Centers (SJEC/The Centers; working title), an umbrella department housing the already established WRC, a new MultiCultural Center (MCC), Pride Center (PC), and Social Justice Programs (SJP). The SJEC will use inter-community (for) and intra-community (about) programming models resulting in the overall communal advancement of BMCC. The Centers will provide space for and about Black, lndigenous and students of color (BIPOC), women, queer, undocumented, and marginalized students, while also educating the BMCC community with agent identities on allyship, diversity, power and privilege. Proposed activities include affinity/dialogue series, cultural celebrations, undocu-ally training, speaker series, and an institutionalized SafeZone Training.