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CTSA Statement of the Board of Directors on Racial Injustice

06/04/2020 9:23 AM | Anonymous

On June 3, 2020, the CTSA Board approved a Statement on Racial Injustice.  The full text of the document is posted at  


The members who contributed to produce this statement include the leadership of the CTSA Committee on Underrepresented Ethnic and Racial Groups (CUERG), Cristina Lledo Gomez and Melissa Pagán-Rubalcaba, with a special intervention by Joseph Flipper in consultation with Bryan Massingale, and Board members María Pilar Aquino, Paul Lakeland, and Kevin Burke. The Board is grateful for their contribution.

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  • 06/04/2020 10:24 AM | Christine Firer Hinze (Administrator)
    Also painfully relevant is this powerful and challenging essay by CTSA past-president Bryan Massingale, published earlier this week, "The Assumptions of White Privilege and What We Can Do About It."
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    • 06/06/2020 4:00 PM | Cristina Lledo Gomez
      Yes, it is an amazing article which has ramifications outside of the US - particularly here in Australia where there have been 434 black deaths in custody since the royal commission in 1991 on this issue. Because of the race riots in the US, this issue has been able to come to the forefront of Australia's concerns.
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  • 06/04/2020 12:01 PM | John Slattery
    I very much respect and appreciate this statement, but I'm concerned with the accountability going forward as the statement does not name how CTSA will be held accountable and what specific followup actions will happen. I would recommend forming a small committee who will do a survey of the members, analyze past speakers, and recommend specific actions to the board. This committee would be charged with checking in regularly (annually?) to analyze how CTSA has followed through on the actions recommended by this statement. I'd be happy to recommend names for this committee or help form it if so desired, but I think accountability is paramount for any commitment to concrete actions.
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    • 06/06/2020 3:56 PM | Cristina Lledo Gomez
      Dear John, That is an excellent observation. The CUERG leadership are in the process of consulting its members about how all of the CTSA membership can take concrete actions in response to the statement. As to checking on how CTSA has followed through on the actions, there is not yet a process. But if you wish to discuss how CUERG can support that process as part of an established structure within CTSA, please feel free to email me at
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