ANTIRACISM
FORMATION

An Ongoing Commitment to Ending Racism in Our Community and Beyond

ANTIRACISM FORMATION

An Ongoing Commitment to Ending Racism in Our Community and Beyond

an·ti·rac·ism

/ anˌtīˈrāˌsizəm/
The policy or practice of opposing racism and promoting racial appreciation and inclusivity.

For it was you who formed my inward parts;
    you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
    Wonderful are your works;
that I know very well.

Psalm 139:13-14

Overview

We declare there is no room for racism at Princeton Theological Seminary. We commit to educating the entire campus community and beyond within a biblical and theological framework to face this present crisis that impedes us from loving God and neighbor. As we continue this journey this website will evolve. We invite you to explore resources and stories as they become available. Meanwhile, here is some information about our history and a video about the community we aspire to be now.

Updates

Princeton Theological Seminary stands against racism in any form. As leaders, we hold ourselves accountable to ensure that the Seminary is a place where all are welcomed and valued, and where learners from all backgrounds prosper. Today we are announcing the creation and composition of the Seminary’s Antiracism Implementation Team (AIT) to work on developing and deploying the Antiracism Formational Platforms created over the summer by the Antiracism Task Force in collaboration with students, administrators, and faculty.  We have gathered students, faculty, administrators, and trustee membership to participate in the AIT this academic semester.

Our 
Antiracism Formational Platform(s) calls for boldness and inclusivity with the purpose of betterment for all! We must continue to seek ways to “practice what we preach and teach.”  Now more than ever, we are admonished to model our Living Together statements and live into the Antiracism Design Principles for the entire Seminary community. Therefore, the primary roles of AIT will be:

  • To focus on the successful execution of the Antiracism Formational Platforms across the Seminary
  • Refine and improve the strategies delineated in the action plan through useful assessment tools
  • Provide direction to the external consultants/trainers and receive their insights and expertise in the implementation of deliverables
  • To be accountable to the Executive Council by providing weekly updates and for major decisions

I am honored to serve with the following members of the AIT:

Students

Administrators

Faculty

Lissette Gonzalez-Sosa

Victor Aloyo, Jr. – Chair

Afe Adogame

Alysia Green

Kermit Moss

Eric Barreto

Gregory Louis

Ann-Henley Nicholson

David Chao

Sharon Park

Shawn Oliver

Sonia Waters

Jenna Richards

Ruth Santana-Grace: Trustee

 

Anna Stamborski

 

 

One key recommendation of the Antiracism Task Force (see attached) in implementing the action plan is to collaborate with an external consultant specializing in antiracism and transformational work. After a thorough analysis of minority-owned organizations specializing in antiracism training, capacity-building, consultation, and assessment, I am pleased to introduce Dr. Michelle Majors of Majors Leadership Group. Dr. Majors is the Principle and Lead Strategist at Majors Leadership Group, a national consulting firm based in Seattle, WA. As an alumna of Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry, there is a special place in her heart for the work that intersects at faith/spirituality and justice. Dr. Major’s approach to anti-racist formation is grounded in the motto: you can’t heal what you don’t reveal. With a Masters in Transformational Leadership and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership, Dr. Majors uses a multi-disciplinary approach to help organizations transform beliefs, behaviors, practices, structures, and cultural norms. Realizing that most often those who feel unvalued and do not belong are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), Dr. Majors’ work deals specifically and strategically with race, racism, and inequities that play out in a racialized way in the workplace. She is dedicated to supporting social justice organizations in solving their office culture, internal structure, and equity challenges and exploring new models for success. Using the appreciative inquiry model and other transformational tools, Dr. Majors will assist us in doing heart-centered personal development work while incorporating head centered organizational structures and strategies.

Her partner in this work, Ms. Laurie Carlsson, founder and lead consultant of Reverb DEI, will join Dr. Majors. Laurie has spent more than a decade working toward social change, including extensive experience in gender, LGBTQIA, and racial justice. Drawing from change management principles and anti-oppression curricula best practices, Laurie’s facilitation brings participants together through engaging activities and facilitated discussion. She has led sessions for the University of Washington, the Pride Foundation, Brooks Running Company, Keyword Studios, and The National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education. In addition to her work leading trainings and workshops, Laurie partners with organizations to develop DEI strategies that positively impact culture and center BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) voices.

The first meeting of the AIT will include Dr. Majors and Ms. Carlsson as we sequence and prioritize the order of required events throughout this academic semester. Your prayers and support for the AIT will be appreciated as we forge ahead, collaborating with every constituency of the Seminary. We welcome questions, insights, and recommendations at antiracism@ptsem.edu.

The Antiracism and Educational Platforms Task Force was commissioned by the Seminary to develop substantive and sustainable antiracism training to address racial bias and practices. The task force was comprised of students, faculty, administrators, staff and a member of the Board of Trustees. Together, the task force created these design principles for antiracism formation. View this timeline of the taskforce’s antiracism journey this summer. Read the summary of the task force’s work in this report by Victor Aloyo, Jr., task force chair..

Resources

From videos to articles to a list of influencers, review these resources for adults and youth to join the Seminary in a conversation about antiracism.  

Glossary

In an effort to establish a common language around antiracism, this glossary from Racial Equity Tools includes a current list of terms compiled from a variety of sources for meaningful and productive conversations.

Engage

As the Seminary community travels this journey we welcome your insights. Please accept this invitation to connect with us. We are particularly interested in knowing whether you:

    • Would like to learn more about what it means to be antiracist
    • Have resources or information to share that will advance the work of antiracism formation
    • Are available to mentor a student or alum in their antiracism formation or help them survive and thrive in spite of discriminatory experiences
    • Have a personal story to share related to racism or antiracism

Your responses will be sent to antiracism@ptsem.edu and reviewed by Victor Aloyo, Jr., associate dean for institutional diversity and community engagement.