During October 2020 forty-four postdocs and graduate students participated in the first Antiracist Action Bootcamp for Early Career Scholars. They came together as leaders, creators, and above all, antiracists committed to leading change through their own actions. Working in small, moderated discussion groups, they created their own antiracist action plans. Several of these plans will be shared in spring 2021 below as resources for other early career scholars to use and adapt.
Upon completion of the bootcamp, participants were invited to become members of the Antiracist Action Working Group for Early Career Scholars to participate in annual bootcamp planning, help identify and implement actions that serve UF’s commitment to antiracism, and create accountability strucutres to help one another maintain focus on antiracist action and education. The Antiracist Action Working Group for Early Career Scholars is chaired by Dr. Sharonda Harris and is part of the Postdoctoral Affairs Advisory Committee. The working group meets the last thursday of each month starting January 2021 and is a voluntary leadership and service opportunity open to those that have competed the bootcamp.
Members of the Antiracist Action Working Group for Early Career Scholars are committed to identifying and implementing actions to promote antiracist ideas and policies as integral parts of their career.