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Commitment to Anti-Racism

Our work in the Plant Biology and Conservation Program focuses on understanding the natural world around us and finding solutions to major global challenges, including mitigating and adapting to climate change, and preserving biodiversity and essential ecosystem functions to help secure equitable access to a sustainable environment in the present as well as for future generations. This can only be accomplished as an anti-racist community. The Program in Plant Biology and Conservation unequivocally states that we do not tolerate racism and will actively work to combat and eliminate institutional and systemic inequities and biases. We will purposefully strive to identify, discuss and challenge issues of race, color, ethnicity and the impacts they have on our community. We will actively work together to create a community where Black People, Indigenous People, People of Color, and Immigrants from all historically underrepresented groups feel valued and can excel in an anti-racist environment.

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Oct. 30, 2020

The Plant Biology and Conservation Program stands in solidarity with the Black Community at Northwestern, the Department of African American Studies, and others in calling for genuine progress toward racial equity in our campus community. To this aim, leadership must be committed to meaningful engagement and action, with the goal of dismantling structures that impede racial justice and creating an environment where racial equity is realized. 

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