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AMATYC Response to Systemic Racism




Response to Systemic Racism


As leaders of AMATYC we are saddened and outraged by the events that have transpired in our country. Our hearts are broken and we extend our deepest sympathies to the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery and others impacted by racial violence. We wish to affirm that the AMATYC community will not tolerate hate, racism, violence, or bias in any form.


Appallingly, these murders are an indicator of a much broader problem in our society. Often more subtle forms of injustices can be found in personal and institutional biases that exist in our country. We see it play out in the lives of our students of color everyday. The black community  experiences a higher rate of incarcerations, traffic stops, indictments, poverty, underlying health conditions, as well as lower rates of college degree completion and home ownership.


According to the American Association of Community Colleges, 42% of all Black undergraduate students are enrolled at community colleges. Thus, two-year college educators play an important role in addressing historical inequities. As faculty in the first two years of college we are typically focused on helping our students achieve their academic goals. In order to help our students move forward, we need to acknowledge disparities in outcomes for students of color and other marginalized groups and provide a welcoming, equitable, and inclusive learning environment (AMATYC IMPACT, 2018, p. 56). We, as a community, must be diligent in attending to equity and inclusion in all of our interactions with students and members of our community.


AMATYC is committed to the retention and recruitment of underrepresented minorities among our membership, our organization’s leadership, and in our profession. We advocate for the mathematics and statistics education for all students, including students of color. Our Equity Committee has been working to help us advance our efforts on equity and inclusion by updating our position statement on equity. More recently, resources to help faculty recognize racism and work towards teaching with an anti-racism approach were shared by the chair of AMATYC’s Equity Committee on, including 75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice.


Furthermore, we add our voices to those of our partner organizations including MAA, NCTM, NCSM, AWM, NAM, AMTE, TODOS, and the other national mathematics organizations. Collectively and collaboratively we will work together to promote the mathematical tools and practices that students will need to investigate, elucidate, and eradicate social inequities.


Remember, as a faculty member in the first two years of college, you have the ability to enact meaningful change for a more unified and prosperous future. To all of our colleagues of color, students of color, and to all those hurting right now, we see you, we hear you, and we stand in solidarity with you.


Kathryn Kozak                         Jim Ham                                  Laura Watkins                   Anne Dudley

President                                 Past President                         President-elect                 Executive Director

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