Carolina Navigators’ Statement Against Systemic Racism and Violence

ID # 6700

Global, United States

The continued brutal police killings of Black people in the United States, including George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor, have shed light on the persistent racism and inequality in this country, that has been going on for centuries. We mourn their deaths, and the deaths of the countless people of color who have been victims of racism and violence. We know that we must do everything in our power to fight for change, social justice, and equality.

Carolina Navigators, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, stands with our university colleagues, including the University Office of Diversity and Inclusion, to strongly condemn the ongoing systemic racism and racial violence against Black people in the United States. We stand in solidarity and support with the Black community and with those working every day in the struggle for equity and justice. We recognize that racial violence extends deeply throughout the United States and widely all over the world. As a global education organization, we value diversity and cultural difference, and understand that it is imperative to increase the visibility of resources to teach and learn about people of color. We acknowledge the importance of not only celebrating cultural difference, but going beyond to teach about institutional racism, hard history, the history of colonialism, current events, and how to be anti-racist. We think that one of the many ways forward is with students in the classroom.

Carolina Navigators’ mission is to serve the K-14 community and UNC students that we work with, in order to help prepare all students in North Carolina to become informed and effective members of our global community. We support UNC Students and K-14 students to dig deeper into global issues and cultures, and push them to go “beyond single stories”, stereotypes, and cultural misconceptions. We teach our UNC students that their “stories matter”. We have work to do and though the diverse voices and stories of the passionate UNC students that create our global education resources, we are dedicated to creating more resources that tell the stories of BIPOC around the world.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, TEDGlobal 2009, The Danger of a Single Story

We believe in life-long learning, and are committed to learning more and listening more. We would like to learn from our K-12 community and would be grateful for your feedback. If you have ideas for new culture kits, video and virtual presentation topics, or know of a general K-12 anti-racism resource to add to our list please fill out this form.



Additional Resources for K-12 Teachers (list created by Carolina K-12)

UNC K-14 Educational Program Statements

UNC World View Statement of Solidarity

The Center for the Middle East and Islamic Studies Statement Against Racism

The Center for European Studies Statement Against Racism and Violence

The Institute for the Americas-On the Matter of Racism in the United States

The African Studies Center Statement on Anti-Black Violence and Systemic Racism

Carolina Asia Center Statement on Racism and Police Brutality