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Engagement Opportunities

To get involved in working toward racial justice, check out the many on-campus and off-campus community groups listed below.

On-Campus Organizations

African American Society

The African American Society is an organization open to all students and faculty of any race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or age who want to celebrate and learn more about African American culture. The Afro Am Society holds community through our weekly club meetings, cultural events and workshops, collaborations, and community service.
Melissa Adilas, President (madilas@student.bridgew.edu)

 

Bridgewater Stands United

Bridgewater Stands United is a movement with the purpose of empowering the BSU community to unite and take a stand for peace while embracing our differences within each other. We are made up of students, faculty and anyone else on campus who recognizes the inequality present both in society and on our own campus and believes a change needs to be made. We will be upholding our values by hosting open difficult conversations to challenge the racism present in campus life while educating others of the gaps that exist and how to fix these. President Fred Clark has officially announced the University's dedication to racial justice 2020-21 academic year, and we intend to expand upon the work of his task force and make sure any student on campus who wishes to be involved has a space to speak openly and feel listened to.
 Kolby Peixoto (k1peixoto@student.bridgew.edu)
Kaitlyn Dyleski (KDYLESKI@bridgew.edu)
Sydné Marrow (smarrow@bridgew.edu)

 

Gen. One

“Gen. One” is a student group devoted to exploring issues of social class and the first-generation college student identity in higher education, through activities on the BSU campus and beyond. This organization offers the unique opportunity for students and prospective students to collaborate with faculty, staff and peers on ways to ease their transition and promote their success in a college setting. The organization is a resource that offers opportunities for students to engage in learning beyond the university setting, to enrich the educational experience and open post-graduate opportunities.
 Dr. Sean McPherson (s1mcpherson@bridgew.edu)

 
Leading for Change Diversity Consortium

(For Faculty and Staff only)
 
The Leading for Change Diversity Consortium is a learning community designed to support campus teams from 25 institutions in MA, RI and NY. During Academic Year '19-'20, campus teams focused on campus-specific strategies for infusing the racial equity and justice imperative into their own institutional infrastructures. Institute activities included gathering and disseminating quantitative and qualitative data on the success of students of color at our institutions; discussing the issue of white privilege and how to address this on our campuses; exploring strategies for infusing racial equity and justice principles into strategic planning.

As described in this overview, this Academic Year ('20-'21), the Leading for Change Racial Equity and Justice Institute is focused on aiding participating campuses in advancing racial educational equity work during the pandemic. Additionally, we want to aid our campuses in being leaders across the region in this time of opportunity to dismantle systemic racism.

BSU has its own Leading for Change Racial Equity and Justice team with 18 members from Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, Operations, Outreach and Engagement, Student Success and Diversity; we welcome additional members as well. 
 
Please contact Vice President for Student Success and Diversity Sabrina Gentlewarrior at SGentlewarrior@bridgew.edu to join the BSU team and/or for more information about the Leading for Change Consortium.

 

Multicultural Clubs and Organizations for Students

Bridgewater State University students should check out the Involvement Network  for more information on multicultural student clubs and organizations, including (but not limited to):

  • African Student Association
  • Asian Student Union
  • Cape Verdean Student Association
  • Haitian American Student Association
  • International Culture Club
  • Korean Student Association
  • La Sociedad Latinx
QPOC Peer Support Group

The Pride Center’s student-led QPOC meetings create an intentionally inclusive space for LGBTQ+ students of color to share their experiences and support one another. Learn more about the Pride Center’s anti-racism work.

 

Engage Through the Arts at BSU

The Wallace L. Anderson Gallery is committed to supporting the educational and cultural mission of Bridgewater State University. Its mission is to serve as an active laboratory for the production, exhibition, and critical discussion of contemporary art. The curatorial focus is dedicated to establishing an environment of learning, enrichment and inspiration with exhibitions that illuminate the direct relationship between the Arts and Ideas.

The Anderson Gallery is featuring several virtual and onsite exhibits related to racial justice in 2020.

Anderson Engaged

In recent weeks, the images flooding traditional and social media of current protests against racial injustice and the killing of black people encourage reflection on similarities and areas of progress between the present and the time of the civil rights movement. Across the over-saturated span of highly polarized contemporary media, some rhetoric has shifted, while other aspects of the dialogue about race and racism echo the past uncannily. To an extent, and through the efforts of the civil rights movement, the multiplicity of violent means at the core of racism have begun to be de-legitimized; and yet, an undeniable and urgent need remains to address racial inequities entrenched across the facets of society and to end, among other forms of violence, the murder of black people in America, too often perpetrated by law enforcement.

This artwork offers an opportunity for the viewer to position themself in relation to the intrinsic, tangible, and emotional truths of racial violence and resilience. For each of us, the experience of viewership can call us into connection with the realities of racism and provide a space for us to witness, reflect, and prepare ourselves to act in the service of justice and peace.

 Exhibit Information

 

Jack Wolfe’s Native American Paintings

Jack Wolfe's interest in and affinity toward Native American communities and cultures began in childhood, when he and his sister spent summers in the Lake Tahoe area, often visiting a Washo community where they played with other children and listened to stories. Jack’s concern with the historical and contemporary oppression of Native Americans by the United States, including acts of genocide and cultural genocide (e.g., forced assimilation; proscriptions on use of languages and cultural practices; adoption of abducted or removed Native American children into white families — a practice that persisted through much of the 20th century), the breaking of federal treaties, and exploitation of Native American land, among other acts of overt and structural violence, persisted throughout his life.

Through the 1970s and 1980s, he painted a series of large portraits of Native Americans. Each of them, measuring approximately 72” x 72,” presents a contemporary Native American making direct eye contact with the viewer. As with other political works, one of Jack’s primary goals was to create an emotional and aesthetic experience that would move viewers toward recognition of the oppression inflicted by their dominant culture. His hope was to promote greater compassion, connection, and respect among dominant group members for Native American individuals and communities in their defense of their human rights.

 Exhibit Information

 

Jack Wolfe’s Civil Rights Paintings: A Viewing in 2020

Jack Wolfe painted these works in the 1960s, in response to the racial injustice of the time and the remarkable efforts of the civil rights movement to bring about social change across America. They make plain the devastating violence suffered by black people and communities; they also challenge white Americans to engage with this reality in the service of anti-racist action. Jack would be sorry to see their continued relevance over 50 years later.

 Exhibit Information

 

Don Rimx, Tunnel Mural Project: September 2020 - July 2021

David “Don Rimx” Sepulveda was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. His family lived in the public housing development, Nemesio R Canales, where in the early '90s had a very high crime rate. Drugs and gun violence were part of his everyday life. Through his parents’ watchful eyes Don Rimx was kept on the straight and narrow. They noticed his interest in drawing at a young age and nurtured it by enrolling him in weekend art classes at the local art school. He later received his diploma from the Central High School of Visual Arts and went on to continue his education at the Escuela de Artes Plasticas. Upon finishing his studies, he dedicated himself to incorporating the various techniques of classic art into urban art, with a specialization in murals. Lorenzo Homar, Jose Alicea, Rafael Tufino, Antonio Martorell, Rembrandt, and Joaquin Sorolla, are just a few of the influences one see’s in the line work, color treatment and poetic imagery of his pieces.

 Exhibit Information

 

Paul Stopforth

Exiled from South Africa for his support of the Anti-Apartheid movement, Paul Stopforth has championed Human Rights through performances, sculpture, paintings, and prints. The university is fortunate to have significant works within the collection. Examples of his work are installed in the Welcome Center and Moakley Center. For further reading on the work of Paul Stopforth; the Anderson Gallery has published a catalogue that is a great overview of this artist life-time work. Titled Bethesda, Breakwater, Bridgewater; written by Jonathan Shirland, Associate Professor of Art History.

 Exhibit Information

 

Off-Campus Organizations and Groups

Bridgewater Citizens for Civility and Respect (B.C.C.R.)

Founded in 2016, B.C.C.R. stands against social injustice, intolerance and hate. B.C.C.R. promotes civility and respect through Active Bystander Training, Community Forums and Stand Outs.
 civilityandrespect.org
  Bridgewater Citizens for Civility and Respect (B.C.C.R.)
 info@civilityandrespect.org

 

Coalition for Social Justice

The Coalition for Social Justice is dedicated to building a grassroots movement for progressive social change viewed through a race and gender lens, rooted in communities that have been excluded from the economic benefits of the current system. 

We have a dual focus:  to recruit and develop leadership, especially from low-income communities, and to build effective campaigns that address the economic survival issues that our constituency faces. 

We build grassroots power through empowering low-income voters, building a large network of volunteers, holding elected officials accountable and building broad coalitions.

Contact Information: 
 coalitionforsocialjustice.org
 Coalition for Social Justice

Boston Field Office
145 Tremont Street, Floor 2
Boston, MA 02111
617.316.0456 ext.4456
Anabel Santiago (anabel@coalitionforsocialjustice.org)

New Bedford Field Office
105 William Street, Suite 26
New Bedford, MA 02740
508.999.2777
Marlene Pollock (marlenepollock929@gmail.com)

Brockton Field Office
721 Belmont Street
Brockton MA 02301
508.588.9665
Dan Gilbarg (dgilbarg@aol.com)

Fall River Field Office
56 N. Main Street, Suite 403
Fall River, MA 02720
508.678.5497 
Sabrina Davis (sab.cndavis@gmail.com

Taunton Office
Deb Fastino (dfastino@aol.com)

 

Diversity & Inclusion for Community Empowerment (D.I.C.E.)

D.I.C.E. aims to identify a network of community members interested in ensuring that Bridgewater-Raynham, Mass. demonstrates respect, appreciation, and value for diversity and inclusion. Through this network, we exchange ideas and challenge each other to think in new ways about how our evolving communities can foster an inclusive environment where people from all backgrounds can live, thrive, and succeed.
 Diversity & Inclusion for Community Empowerment
 DICEBridgewater@gmail.com
Administrators
Pamela Hunt Erlichman (pamela.erlichman@gmail.com)
Cleonie Mainvielle
Suzi Robison

 

Stand Up For Justice Bridgewater

Started by a small group of moms, gaining momentum as a movement to stand with, protect and celebrate the diverse members of our town. Our mission is to listen to and actively demonstrate support for our marginalized and diverse populations by responding to issues that affect their safety and well-being. We recognize and use our privilege as our opportunity to stand with and amplify marginalized and diverse voices in our community. We commit to educating ourselves and participating in town affairs as a presence in Bridgewater. We commit to doing better as we know better.
 Stand Up For Justice Bridgewater
Administrators
Teresa Cruz Foley (tksplace11@gmail.com)
Jen Rogan (weepunks@gmail.com)
Jill Sheridan (jill.sheridan777@gmail.com)
Weekly Meetings: Every Saturday from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. in the Green in Bridgewater Center.

 

T.R.U.E. Diversity

T.R.U.E. Diversity (T.R.U.E.=Trust Reform Understanding Equity) is a grassroots organization based in Taunton designed to further advance diversity, inclusion, cultural competency, anti-racism, empathy and respect to our communities. T.R.U.E. intends to facilitate integrated visions and shared responsibility by advancing community partnerships. T.R.U.E. is a network of individuals and community groups taking action for our evolving communities addressing systemic issues and fostering an inclusive environment where people from all backgrounds — particularly our youth — can thrive and succeed.
 T.R.U.E. Diversity
 Tanya Lobo (truediversitytaunton@gmail.com)

 

Educational Organizations

Old Bridgewater Historical Society

Started in 1894, the Society is dedicated to the collection, preservation, and publication of history relating to the original Bridgewater area and its early families.  Bridgewater, purchased from Massasoit and the Wampanoag Tribe of native Americans in 1649, contained the areas now known as East Bridgewater, Bridgewater, West Bridgewater, and Brockton.
 oldbridgewater.org
 admin@oldbridgewater.org
 508.559.1510