Carnegie Mellon University

Black Lives Matter

The deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless other Black Americans who have died at the hands of racial violence are not acceptable. Systems that perpetuate and reward racist thinking and action are not acceptable. Racism is not acceptable. Silence is not acceptable. SLICE is committed to learning how to be anti-racist and to support students as we work to dismantle 401 years of oppressive systems.

SLICE's Commitment & Resources

The Office of SLICE strives to develop ethical leaders and global citizens that are committed to making positive social change. It is our professional and moral obligation to use our platforms and connections to inspire and support informed action to make a more inclusive and equitable community.

  • We are adamant about our office being a resource and an outlet for students to express their heartbreak over recent racial injustices.
  • We are here to provide advising and financial resources to amplify students’ individual and/or collective actions in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and anti-racism efforts.
  • We are also committed to collaborating with other CMU departments and the Pittsburgh community to make measurable progress towards eliminating racism. 
  • We are engaged in the introspective process of evaluating our own work and beliefs as both individuals and professionals and are committed to our ongoing education.
  • We are dedicated to putting this education into practice and developing spaces to share this knowledge with students.

What to Read

Books

  • Antiracist Baby by Ibram X. Kendi
  • For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood…and the Rest of Y'all Too by Christopher Emdin
  • The Silence Of Our Friends by Mark Long & Jim Demonkakos with art by Nate Powell
  • The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
  • White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo, PhD