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Black Lives Matter Statement

Black Lives Matter at the International and Global Studies program

The International and Global Studies Steering Committee condemns the egregious acts of violence committed by police against George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and countless other Black Americans in their homes and on the streets of U.S. cities. We are keenly aware that the roots of this oppression reach deep into U.S. history as it funded its economic expansion on stolen lands and on the backs of kidnapped and enslaved Africans. In the Twenty-first century, U.S. economic dominance continues to use Black Americans—and others here and the world over—as disposable sources of cheap labor. When they demand their rights they risk being harassed, dispossessed, incarcerated, and murdered.

As faculty members, we commit to deepen the understanding of globalized forces perpetuating oppression, and also the networks that promote practices and cultures of resistance. And we offer our students the intellectual tools to dismantle oppression and support social justice. 

We also promise to continue enhancing our pedagogical approaches to ensure that all Black American students thrive as they study our courses and participate in our activities. 

As we endeavor to become a wiser, more welcoming program, we invite you to share your ideas and suggestions with us. Please contact Professor Gloria Estela González Zenteno at gonzalez@middlebury.edu.

Program in International and Global Studies

Robert A. Jones '59 House
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Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753