The current crisis of anti-Black racism associated with police violence in the United States and here in Canada has brought needed attention to long-standing and deeply-rooted systemic inequities in our communities.
Throughout history, Black people have made remarkable contributions to scientific progress. North America continues to prosper immensely from these contributions and yet significant barriers still stand to their being fully welcomed and included in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). As we reflect on our part in these systems of racism and oppression, as an Association we know we need to do better to further educate ourselves and understand our responsibility in educating our members.
We want our Black colleagues and all Black people to know you have our sincerest support and commitment to fighting anti-Black racism within our sector and beyond.
We value the voices of frustration; we value the voices of change – We are hearing. We are listening. We are learning.
Tracy Calogheros, Board President
Marianne Mader, Executive Director
Canadian Association of Science Centres (CASC)