The following call for action and accountability was written by the nextGEN community and published on June 6, 2020:
We, the members of nextGEN, recognize the importance of being action-oriented and attendant to the perspectives, bodies, and communities most affected any time we have organized and raised our collective voice. While our collective actions are sometimes prompted by graduate students’ experiences and specific requests, we act here in response to the valid pain and anger Black folx in our community and beyond are feeling in response to anti-Black violence. nextGEN is a community, a movement that advocates for and with graduate students in our collection of disciplines. As such, we hope our Black colleagues read and participate in this call from DBLAC for Black love. For our non-Black members, especially those white members with greater institutional power, we urge the affirmation of these axio-epistemological statements and action on the following labor necessary for praxis related to those beliefs. Departments cannot claim to offer graduate students safety and/or support as long as institutionalized, systemic racism exists and as long as those of us trained in our constellated disciplines remain inactive.
Therefore, we call on scholars across our various disciplines to join us in recognizing the following:
We demand of ourselves, our colleagues, and our departments that we answer these calls to action:
Black Lives Matter. Black Queer Lives Matter. Black Trans Lives Matter. Black Disabled Lives Matter, Black Graduate Lives Matter. George Floyd. Breonna Taylor. Ahmaud Arbery. Nina Pop. Their lives mattered and will continue to matter as we honor them into public memory.
Let’s Do This,