"Archives are never neutral but, rather, exist to reinforce existing colonial hierarchies as inevitable and natural by classifying some individuals as observers and others as observed. We can learn much by looking beyond the colonial vantage point and extending our gaze past the words captured in archival records. The inherent cultural, social, and language differences must be considered when examining interactions between [communities] in archival records." -McCracken (2019)
We commit to immediate and enduring work to elevate the narratives, perspectives, and expertise of the marginalized: those who identify as Black, Indigenous, Latinx, persons of color, immigrants, women, neurodiverse, disabled people, and those from the LGBTQ+ communities.
In doing this work, we acknowledge the following: