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SCMA Solidarity Statement

The faculty and staff in the School of Communication, Media and the Arts are angered and saddened by the brutal and unjust killings of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Rayshad Brooks. These deaths are tragically just the latest horrific consequence of a 400-year history of white supremacy, structural and institutional racism, and violence that includes slavery, lynching, police brutality, mass incarceration, and other forms of injustice, dehumanization and oppression perpetrated against Black people. We in SCMA grieve for the families and friends mourning these senseless deaths, and we stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in the fight for freedom, liberation, and justice.

Following President Petillo’s and Dean Cautin’s recent calls to action, SCMA will complete a thorough equity audit to identify any structural inequities in our departments’ policies and procedures for faculty, students and staff, and institute changes to address and remedy those inequities.

As part of this process, we will seek significant input from our students of color to better understand their experiences and address their needs as valued members of our SCMA learning community.

We will reassess our educational and curricular commitment to interrogating anti-blackness, racism, and social injustice, and strengthen our teaching and extracurricular programming in these areas.

SCMA also commits to working across departments, colleges and professional divisions to help to improve the recruitment and retention of faculty, staff and students of color at Sacred Heart.

We realize that statements and words are not enough. The above actions are only the initial steps in SCMA’s sustained strategic commitment to the core values of Sacred Heart University’s educational mission to “promote the common good of society [and] recognize the dignity and worth of every human being.”

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Shanshan Wang

Assistant Professor, Founding Director, NeXReality Lab
Shanshan Wang, M.F.A., is an award-winning experimental filmmaker and new media artist. Her research-centered practice focuses on exploring digital humanities and socio-politi...
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Sara “Sally” Ross Ph.D.

Chair, Department of Media and Theatre Arts

Director, FTMA Film and Television Graduate Program

Sara Ross, PhD (“Sally”) is a film scholar with a focus on women in film.  She has centered her research and teaching practice on film aesthetics and film storyte...
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