BMCC is committed to advancing equity, strengthening our culture of care, and advancing socioeconomic mobility and justice through education. The college offers resources and activities to engage the college community in thoughtful discussions to find solutions as we follow our mission to offer quality education to all students and provide a welcoming place to work for all faculty and staff.
Racial trauma is the term used to describe the emotional and physical reaction People of Color often have to acts of racism. People of Color may react to acts of racism with fear and hypervigilance, headaches, insomnia, body aches, memory difficulty, self-blame, confusion, shame, and guilt after experiencing racism. The more often you experience acts of racism, the more profound these symptoms can be.
Knowledge is power. It is not enough to be an ally and fight alongside your peers of color. Acknowledging that countering racism cannot be a neutral stance but has to rather be an active process of anti-racism, will help you be part of effective change.