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CRGS Statement in Support of Black Lives

Critical Race, Gender & Sexuality Studies at Humboldt State University joins the global movement in defense of Black life. We affirm our solidarity with Black Lives Matter and Black communities everywhere. We mourn the lives and demand justice for Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Tony McDade, and all Black people who have been killed and terrorized by police brutality and the carceral state. 

As a department rooted in social justice, we are committed to using education to fight systemic racism that perpetuates violence against Black lives and to further coalition-building across communities. We are moved by the uprising of people and their collective solidarity, outrage, and despair which have filled and transformed the streets of this country and the world. We invite our students, alumni, faculty, staff, and local community to resist and work to dismantle white supremacy. It is essential that we get -- and stay -- involved with movements for Black lives, donate to critical funds, demand transparency and justice from elected officials, and support community efforts for transformative long-term change. Let's mobilize and organize. 

Here are some key resources and ways to defend Black lives. 

Build Coalitions

Bridge disciplines, communities, and social locations

Transform the world

Use your skills to imagine and create just and sustainable communities

Ask the Other Question

Examine interlocking forms of oppression; understand systems and ideologies of inequality

What is CRGS?

CRGS logoCritical Race, Gender and Sexuality Studies (CRGS) is an undergraduate program focused on the critical examination of race, class, gender, sexuality, dis/ability and nation as intersecting categories of identity, oppression and resistance.  As a community of scholars, teachers and learners from the interdisciplinary fields of ethnic studies, women’s studies and multicultural queer studies, we aim to create a just and sustainable world by analyzing systems of inequality and strategies for resistance. Our critical approach is intersectional and comparative; our focus is local, national, and transnational.  This knowledge engenders transformative practices in research, creative work, and community activism.

Enacting CouRaGeouS scholarship means:

  • Creating a just and sustainable world, for the earth and all of its inhabitants.
  • Critiquing and ultimately eradicating systems and ideologies of inequality.
  • Collaborating across disciplines, across social positions, and across geographic localities.

Please join us in courageously building coalitional spaces of transformative knowledge production and in the long-term work of creating a more just world.

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