Anti-Racism Committee (ARC)
Formed in fall 2020, ARC is a collaborative body charged with developing a range of proposals that work against structural racism and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion at SAIC.
More than 80 faculty, staff, and student participants have collaborated with ARC and its six subgroups to complete a significant amount of work over the course of the 2020-21 academic year.
In spring 2021, the committee and President Tenny supported all 23 action items recommended by ARC’s subcommittees. Those initiatives that fell within the purview of the faculty senate were forwarded to the relevant committee for review, refinement, and—should the committee support them—approval. Those that fell wholly within the purview of the administration tended to fall into one of two categories. Either they were fully developed plans, in which case they were sent to the relevant vice president for implementation, or they required additional details to be fleshed out, in which case the appropriate ARC subgroup has continued to refine the initiative.
During summer 2021, two additional ARC groups were formed: one focused on Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander visibility and the other on staff concerns. The two newest groups expect to make recommendations to the main ARC in fall 2021.
In addition, an advisory group that includes members of ARC has been formed to provide ongoing advice and counsel to the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Academic Affairs.
Read more about the Anti-Racism Committee.