The MES Response to racism in our community

Our Statement

Over the past several weeks we have seen a series of tragedies impacting the Black community, which has shone a light on the prevalence of anti-Black racism in our society. We want to apologize for our delay in delivering our response on these current events. In a time where it is crucial to speak up on the injustices the Black community has faced and continues to face, there is no excuse for our prolonged silence. The McMaster Engineering Society has a responsibility to foster an environment where all members feel included and represented. We have failed in this mission because we have neglected to support various groups in our society, especially the Black community. We strongly believe in and support the Black Lives Matter movement and apologize for our past behaviour not reflecting this. We will work harder to ensure this belief is reflected in how we operate, and how we engage with our community. 

 

As engineers we must take a stand against the oppression and racism the Black community has experienced and support them in our profession and daily lives. To the members in our society who have spoken against racism and discrimination in their own communities and online, we recognize your efforts and encourage you to continue to actively engage. To any feeling overwhelmed by the recent events, please take time to step back and reflect on the situation. It is crucial to take care of your physical and mental health at this time. For more information on mental health support, petitions, educational resources and more please see below. 

 

The McMaster Engineering Society acknowledges we need to improve our representation and support of our Black community. The executive team is working with McMaster's chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) to develop an action plan that properly addresses increasing diversity and supporting the Black community, this plan will be released in the near future. We want this plan to be representative of our community, as such we welcome you to share any of your ideas for this plan. You can contact us through email at president@macengsociety.ca and we will try to incorporate your feedback. We are committed to making the MES a more inclusive and diverse society and with your support create a community where we all feel equally included and represented.

Resources you can access

Black Associations at Mac:

 

NSBE : @nsbemac

MacAfricans : @macafricans

Black Student Association (BSA) : @bsamcm

Blackspace : @blackspace.mcmaster

Black Associations in Hamilton

 

Hamilton Center for Civic Inclusion: https://hcci.ca/

Afro Canadian Caribbean Association

Rafiki Hamilton: https://www.rafikihamilton.com/

Empowerment Squared: https://empowermentsquared.org/

Black Boys Code: https://blackboyscode.ca/

 

Mental Health resources:

 

McMaster Student Wellness Center

Ontario Mental Health Helpline (1-866-531-2600)

Canadian Crisis Hotline (1-888-353-2273)

Foundations/ petitions to use:

Black Lives Matter - https://blacklivesmatter.ca/

George Floyd: https://www.justiceforbigfloyd.com/  

Regis Korchinski-Paquet: https://www.change.org/p/justice-for-regis-korchinski-paquet

Breonna Taylor: https://www.standwithbre.com/

Ahmaud Arbery: https://www.runwithmaud.com/

 

Support Black Businesses:

 

https://www.blogto.com/city/2020/06/black-owned-businesses-toronto/

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1C2pGGJ-RORWS6mmyUZzqDXhgboAeXCFCM8QMxOIJhzg/edit#gid=0 (excel sheet) 

 

Educational Resources:

13th (2019): Documentary directed by Ava DuVernay

When They See Us (2019): Web series directed by Ava DuVernay

The Hate U Give (2018): FIlm directed by George Tillman Jr, based on the 2017 novel by Angie Thomas

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