I don't know about you, but this week has been SUPER impactful for me. One of the things that is emphasized is the amount of service work faculty and students of color, especially Black faculty and students, complete but is not always recognized.
Given that Pearis is a graduate student and Dr. Mosley is untenured, one way we can support THEM is to leave notes of "thank you" for developing this training that they can use in 1) job applications, and 2) tenure & promotion folders. I really want their work recognized far and wide and that their service in developing this program is exponential. They could have spent the same amount of time, which is a LOT of time, on multiple manuscripts for peer-review (what is often considered the only thing necessary for tenure, jobs, internships, etc.), but instead spent it organizing material to educate US and provide a space for healing for our Black colleagues.
So, what was most impactful for you? How has this training changed YOU and what will you take from the training? How will you implement what you learned throughout your life? How will you be a better ally? To Pearis:
THANK YOU. Thank you for taking the time away from your own progress in your program to help curate the training sessions. The amount of time and effort you have spent putting these 2 concurrent weeks together (in only a 3 week time span!) is absolutely incredible. I am truly grateful for the mental, emotional, and physical work you put into developing these trainings especially when you are working through your own trauma. My views as a white woman are challenged and I am much more aware not only of the space I take up in academia, but how I can better understand and advocate for my Black students and colleagues. I have already shared numerous resources you provided to fellow academics and non-academics alike (crediting that I received them from this initiative). To any potential employer (internship or post-Ph.D.), you are getting a star. Pearis is already changing the world and you are truly lucky to have her on board. Help her continue to fight for justice and liberation.
To Dr. Mosley:
THANK YOU. As a fellow untenured faculty member, I can only imagine the work that you put in as service to OTHERS in developing this program rather than your own research which often weighs more strongly for tenure. I want everyone on your tenure committee to know just how impactful this past week has been (and I still have one more day of training left!) and that your impact on the entire global community of academics and beyond is further than any other initiative I have seen, regardless of the topic. I have already shared numerous resources you provided to fellow academics and non-academics alike (crediting that I received them from this initiative). Dr. Mosley, you are truly an inspiration and I am eternally grateful for the mental, emotional, and physical work you put into developing these trainings especially when you are working through your own trauma. I am encouraged for change in our world and thank you for providing me with the tools on how to make this change.