Update: We are in awe of the support and generosity we have received, having met our goal of $10,000 in just over 24 hours! We have now raised the goal to $20,000 to make funds available to as many students, faculty, staff in the Centre community as possible.
The Underrepresented Minority Faculty are overwhelmed by the outpouring of support for the Statement of Solidarity and Commitment to Change, drafted by and for faculty and staff. Over 1000 signatories have affirmed that Black Lives Matter and that Centre must contend seriously with its history and present inequities. We seek to build on this momentum with the establishment of the George Floyd Cornerstone Fund at Centre College as the first actionable next step in response to the Statement’s important symbolism.
This Fund commemorates all those who have died as a result of racist actions and policies. Acknowledging the awareness and energy sparked by the tragic death of George Floyd, who was eulogized by the Reverend Al Sharpton as “the cornerstone of a movement,” we establish this fund to facilitate the building of a more inclusive Centre College. Our goal is to raise $10,000—a modest $10 average per signatory—to fund grants distributed through the Office of Diversity and Inclusion for programming that contributes directly to the commitments outlined in the Statement.
We are launching this fundraising effort on Juneteeth—the 155th anniversary of slavery’s effective abolition in the United States—because we recognize that there is much work to do to achieve true liberation and justice.
We are grateful for your support in helping us to transform Centre,
Dina Badie and Shana Sippy