We believe it is essential that we all take action to stand against the ongoing racism and oppression of Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color (BIPOC). As a collective research team, we recognize our position of privilege and power, and we seek to use our privilege as researchers to uplift the voices of BIPOC communities and individuals. In our research, we seek to recruit and report findings in a way that is both accessible and valuable to these voices. We seek to identify and give voice to the injustices which BIPOC communities have faced systemically ever since the violent beginnings of this country, and continue to face through generational and systemic oppression. In light of the events of 2020, during which the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless others brought forth a necessary movement towards change, we stand in solidarity with protesters who stood, walked, and persevered on behalf of the Black Lives Matter movement.
We also want to recognize the violence impacting trans people of color, including the attack of Iyanna Dior and the murder of Tony McDade. As a research team, we wish to continue efforts to dismantle racism, injustice, and systemic oppression by implementing activities to educate and advocate. We recognize intersectionality in our work and the compounded effects of marginalization. We also hope to uplift, celebrate, and focus on research and work by BIPOC academics and leaders. We commit to the endeavor of self-education and personal accountability.