Statement on Racial Injustice

Triangle Women in STEM Against Racial Injustice

Triangle Women in STEM is united against the police brutality that caused the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and others whose names we do not know. We know that their deaths are but the latest expressions of racist violence that stretches back for centuries to the dispossession of Native peoples and transport of the first enslaved Africans to the colony of Virginia.

We stand with Black Lives Matter and commit to fight the institutionalized racism, white supremacy, and systemic social injustices that have harmed and continue to harm Black people in the United States and globally. More than half a century ago, civil rights and human rights activist Ella Baker addressed the challenge that remains before us today. “Until the killing of black men, black mothers’ sons, becomes as important to the rest of the country as the killing of a white mother’s son,” she declared, “we who believe in freedom cannot rest.”

Structural change can begin at the personal level as we each find our route toward collective action. As a steering committee, we will use available resources to guide our individual critical self-reflection and then seek specific ways to support the dismantling of systemic racism and to confront hate, bigotry, and violence in all its forms.

As an organization working to support the lives of women and girls, we commit to dismantling the structures that may lead exclusionary practices in TriWiSTEM’s initiatives. We recognize that we must directly challenge the intersections of power that perpetuate violence against Black women, Latinx women, women of color, and femme-identified, nonbinary, and cis-gendered people. We must also work to erase the inequities in economic, educational, and health among vulnerable groups that were laid bare by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Since our founding, we at TriWiSTEM have worked to build a community—now, more than ever, we see the urgency of that work. For it is as a community that we must move forward. Our voice has the most impact when we are united.