Black Lives Matter. Anti-Black racism and anti-Black violence are wrong. We at the Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology are in solidarity and recognize that as we strive to be an anti-racist and inclusive institution, more concrete and specific action is needed. We will:
- Uplift and recognize the work of Black and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) paleontologists and students of paleontology, and create opportunities for collaboration and participation with Black and BIPOC scientists and students.
- Work within our professional communities to create a program for young Black scientists in collections and research within the field of paleontology.
- Evaluate current programming and create more equitable opportunities for engaging Black and BIPOC audiences through museum outreach.
- Engage in continued anti-racism, diversity, and inclusion training for museum staff in our roles as scientists and educators.
- Remain open to criticism, discussion, and self-learning of how we can do better for Black and BIPOC communities.
The Alf Museum has a tradition of asking those who enter the museum, “What will you do with your moment of time?” We all must do better.