The faculty, staff, and administrators of The Lesley H. & William L. Collins College of Professional Studies of St. John’s University oppose all forms of individual, interpersonal, institutional, and structural racism. The mission of the College is to deliver career-focused educational programs, taught by talented scholars and industry professionals, that provide our students with sound theoretical and practical knowledge though innovative and creative instruction. We cannot complete our mission when prejudice, hatred, and discrimination remain part of the College’s environment. Black and other students of color deserve our full attention to assure their success after they leave St. John’s, and our black employees should be assured of an affirming work environment.
As educators, we strive to provide equity in our administrative and educational practices and acknowledge it is not enough to be “not racist.” We need to be active in promoting antiracist policies, procedures, and most importantly actions.
The key theme for CCPS will be change. Change is impossible without action, but action is only possible with willing, focused, and highly motivated intent of spirit to move towards the desired end: a more diverse, just, inclusive, and equitable College.
We recognize that reversing years of racism will take hard work and the efforts of all members of the College family, including faculty, administrators, staff, students, and alumni. Beginning immediately, we are launching an antiracist action plan (details below) to help provide a welcoming, accepting, and just environment for all students, faculty, staff, and administrators, regardless of race, gender, gender identity, ethnicity, or religion. Working together, we can ensure that racism will be eliminated from CCPS, St. John’s University, and our community.
“The good news is that racist and antiracist are not fixed identities. We can be racist one minute and an antiracist the next. What we say about race, what we do about race, in each moment determines what – not who – we are.”
Ibram X. Kendi, Ph.D.How to Be an Antiracist
These optimistic words give us hope that a well thought-out and well executed plan can create the change we are seeking. Towards that end, CCPS has created an action plan, effective immediately. Under each menu are specific actions, along with projected completion dates, designed to make CCPS an antiracist college.
The Dean of the Collins College of Professional Studies is responsible for the completion of the following items:
Division Chairs and/or Program directors are responsible for completion of the following items:
Each year the College is required to set strategic priorities for faculty, which will be considered when determining the recipients of annual Faculty Achievement Awards. Faculty are required to submit their Annual Faculty Activity Reports on or about June 1. Objectives that are directly related to diversity, inclusion, and antiracism are highlighted.
1. Increase enrollment, retention, and graduation rates.
2. Increase faculty scholarly output.
3. Integrate new teaching technologies to ensure the academic success of all students.
4. Identify and eliminate racial, power, and social inequities within CCPS.
Faculty and Administrators